I cook largely by instinct, often selecting ingreds for a dish by scanning the shelves for sauces and spices. I've been asked on numerous occasions why I don't start a restaurant, because "my dinners are better than those you can find out". When I want to make an unfamiliar dish, I often scan AllRecipes for several versions, then combine the best parts of all of them.
My favorite things to cook
My Atomic Chili. I make it with up to a dozen varieties of dry and fresh hot peppers, as available. Nearly anything with seafood.
My cooking triumphs
Seared scallops in orange/shallot/balsamic reduction. Wonderful, and as easy at it sounds. Came up with the recipe and made this the very first time with company arriving in ten minutes.
My cooking tragedies
Anything burnt to a crisp on the grill! Also, as I'm quite fond of hot food, I sometimes make it TOO hot - for anyone but me, anyway. Getting better about that, though!