My idea of cooking used to be heating up a box of something, then I realized how much I missed my mom's homemade cooking and I forced myself to learn. Now I love it and am getting more advanced in my repertoire.
My favorite things to cook
Pastas, cookies, quick breads, generally things that don't take a lot of time but are really tasty, dips, appetizers, chicken, curries, salads. I try to incorporate a lot of healthy foods as well but there's some sacrifices I'm just not willing to make (low-fat cheese? never!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's a great cook--she cooks a wide variety of meals that are definitely more "gourmet," I love pretty much anything she makes and it's generally on the healthy side (except like me, she loves cheese). My mother-in-law is also a great cook and a completely different style--more "soul food," homecooking, she's had to incorporate much healthier ingredients since she got diabetes though. Finally my husband is an awesome cook! He's a fantastic pizza chef (from making his own dough to sauce) and makes some great homecooked meals like smoked ribs.
My cooking triumphs
Pasta dishes are generally my best! What can I say, I love carbs. I make a mean butternut mac and cheese and tortellini with a gorgonzola cream sauce. I've gotten to be a much better cookie baker as well and they turn out tasty nearly every time. I'm also getting more into soups and have started making stuff up.
My cooking tragedies
Well since I haven't been cooking that long, I've made tons of mistakes for sure. Sometimes stuff just comes out bland. It took me like 5 times to finally make a chicken soup that didn't taste like nothing.