I loved to experiment with new recipes and try different foods. My husband and daughter, however, are more timid in trying new dishes. I always have to keep their preferences in mind when I serve them a new recipe.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta! I love experimenting with different cheeses and vegetables in pastas. Also, desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Big Sunday dinners, usually a roast.
Salmon patties with mac-and-cheese.
My cooking triumphs
Copying a recipe I loved strictly by experimenting with ingredients until stumbling upon the right mix. It's a chicken/zucchini/yellow squash pasta toss that the whole family loves.
My cooking tragedies
For the first few years after we moved into our house here in MN, I often burned things. I started to think I was getting absent-minded and not paying attention until my mother-in-law burned a pie in my oven. She bought an oven thermometer and we discovered my oven heats 75 degrees too hot!