At 52 I see that life really does change as we age. I am not indestructible after all.
My favorite things to cook
The simpler the better - a plate of food that's pretty because it has a lot of color really floats my boat. Too many flavors hides the taste of the food itself, so I don't use a lot of seasoning per dish, but I do own a lot of different spices and seasonings and happily use them in moderation. Example of my favorite desserts: a) navel oranges; b) very dense cheesecake and black coffee.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I made something for my kids they LOVED - we call them "Piggies" and all they are is little circles of pie dough sprinkled with a bit of sugar and cinnamon and baked 'til done. Simple pleasures - gotta love 'em.
My cooking triumphs
Alice Medrich made a FABULOUS French cake that was spread over page after page of Bon Apetit back in the '70s; I made that same cake twice (following her directions to the letter) - once for a 50th anniversary and again for a 23rd anniversary. It was indeed a triumph. It was very complicated to make, but the flavors were perfectly balanced. It was a beautiful masterpiece trimmed in fresh flowers and an unforgettable cake to enjoy.
My cooking tragedies
I was so proud of my fancy omelet - I had separated the eggs and fluffed the whites, folded them back in with the yolks, baking the 3 egg omelet to perfection. My friend and I were going to share and I sent her off with her portion - when I took my first bite I immediately spit it back out and looked up to see her look of relief as she let go of her mouthful - I misread the recipe and put a tablespoon of salt into a 3 egg omelet. Bless Trixie's heart - I think she really would have eaten it...