Turning 6 years old in my father's house meant learning to cook. First recipe: Bechamel sauce + cheese (cheese sauce). I've been cooking ever since.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, meats, soups; I am drawn more toward the savory side of cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Dad was from MA and CA, Mom was from the south; they traveled/lived in Europe, I grew up in Hawai'i; the result: family cooking traditions from EVERYWHERE! Asian, European, American cuisines for the most part--I cook Italian (both northern and southern), English, German, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Philipino, American: Hawai'ian, Southern, New England, Mid-West, Mexican, and California cuisines. My children say they never realized how much of our family's menu was international until they grew up!
My cooking triumphs
My cooking tragedies
Not as many (thank goodness!)