Once I moved out of my mom's house, I discovered that I really enjoyed cooking. I don't think there's anything more pleasurable than creating a meal that tastes as though it came from a restaurant. My goal in cooking is to find EXCELLENT recipes and put them all together in my recipe box. I figure by the time I'm 35, I'll have all the recipes I'll ever need and I'll always be super satisfied with my meals! :)
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking new things and plan a menu of meals every week. Out of the 7 meals, 6 of them are usually something I haven't made before and the 1 meal is something I've had that I LOVE. I really enjoy making mexican and italian dishes. Those are my favorite to make. I also enjoy making soups in the winter; I live in Minnesota, so it's always really great to come home and make something super warm and comforting (or have it made by the time I come home if it's in the slow cooker!!!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't know that I have favorite family cooking traditions. My family always makes the same things for holidays (sloppy joes on Halloween, turkey on thanksgiving with all the same side dishes we ALWAYS have, ham on Christmas, ham on Easter). I get bored having the same thing all the time and I don't find myself looking forward to the meals at my family's holiday parties.
My cooking triumphs
I can't speak of any specific triumphs. I feel triumphant any time I make something that BOTH my fiancee and I love.
My cooking tragedies
When I first moved into my new home (with a new flat top stove that I had never used before!), I was boiling something (I don't remember what now) and it boiled over. My first thought was just oh, what a mess. But then it caught on fire! I was thinking of something to get to put it out when it stopped burning on it's own.