I'm a young ingenue... OK, I probably didn't spell that right, and it's probably not true.
My mom's side of the family is Italian and Polish; my dad's side is Russian and German Jew; my partner is Jewish and keeps Kosher. I grew up with a lot of meat and cheese (the Italian) and now that I'm cooking Kosher I'm reinventing my kitchen and my cuisine, taking the dairy out of some dishes and the meat out of others, but trying not to forget my good old Italian favorites.
My favorite things to cook
Chili, Spaghetti Sauce, Vitella (or chicken) con Peperonni, whatever is in the fridge and can get put together, eggplant, portobella mushrooms, fish, chicken, fruit, and pancakes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Morroccan veggie stew (a Rosh Hashanah favorite).
My cooking triumphs
Anything I've managed to make parve and still have it taste good! I'm big into healthy stuff, so also low-calorie remakes of rich and decadent foods.
My cooking tragedies
I burn myself at least once every time I cook, often seriously enough to scar, and have a history of knives doing things like falling off counters and cutting my legs. I'm incourageably clumsy. I can't cook beef to save my life unless it's stir-frying it or pan-searing. Forget decent steaks though, or the "perfect" roast.