I'm a Navy Brat so I wouldn't really say I'm "from" anywhere. Springfield, VA was just the longest I've ever stayed in one place.
My favorite things to cook
Stir-fry, desserts, beef, japanese/asian foods, mom's cooking, italian
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is by far in my opinion, the best cooking improviser. I learned a lot of real neat tips and tricks from her. Unfortunate for me, she doesn't measure anything. So I've had to watch her real close over the years to try and replicate her recipes. My brothers and I were the very definition of picky eaters, in fact we still are. Most of her recipes were centered around feeding kids who hate everything :)
My cooking triumphs
I was unsure about a German Potato Salad recipe that was my great-grandmother's. But I made it anyways for a 4th of July block party a few years back... It was a big hit! Several people asked me for the recipe!
My cooking tragedies
I once burned water :'(
I was chewing mint flavored gum while baking cookies one time, I mistook the baking powder for flour (because they taste the same with mint gum in your mouth). Well I didn't even have gross, solid cookies, I had a runny mess!