I come from a relatively large family from various cultures who all loved to feed *everyone*. This of course extended into our friendships who were so close they might as well have been family. Then I left home and moved into a household with a lot of people who also loved to feed *everyone*.
Sadly we don't always have the time or money to do that anymore, but we're still game for making every meal interesting.
My favorite things to cook
Rotating over an open fire. In a smoker. On a grill.
As local as you can get it.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The souvla (a spit over an open fire) at every Easter or big get together. There are many others, but that is the one that sticks out the most.
My cooking triumphs
The sugar flowers. That was intense and it was the first time I tried to do it. They couldn't have come out more perfectly and I managed not to break any before serving!
My cooking tragedies
Oh, there have been many. That is what happens when you tend to experiment...
It all started when I tried to make pea soup for my older brother. He had a bad cold and I thought it'd make him feel better (I even wrote it on a note card for later use). I think I was six years old and I can still remember the look of horror on my mother's face when she saw what I had done.