Unlike many, I didn't grow up cooking with my Mom - when I did learn to cook from her I was in high school and cooked basic things like roasted chicken and pot roast. When I married the first time, my husband's mother was a wonderful and inventive cook, and it was from her that I learned to explore. My then-husband accused me of not being able to cook since I had to use recipes - I disabused him of that notion very quickly, noting that his own mother used recipes for many of her meals!
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making appetizers and main dish casseroles; also soups. I am not a big fan of dessert and as a consequence have not learned to make great desserts. I do an acceptable pie and great cheesecake, but that's about it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving day - the way the house smells when turkey is roasting and pumpkin pies have come out of the oven and are cooling.
My cooking triumphs
Cooked a gourmet meal for eight guests, one of whom was an accomplished German gourmet cook. He was very complimentary.
My cooking tragedies
Hasn't everyone had one with the pressure cooker? Mine was applesauce - sprayed all over the kitchen ceiling!