I have been cooking since I could see the stove. Have thought many times about doing it full time but haven't pursued it. I do work part time cooking for various event/catering companies and cook most meals at home.
My favorite things to cook
Anything exotic or new. My favorite thing is finding new recipes of things that are not common. I also love the grill and am under the impression that almost anything can be cooked on it. I have even baked on the grill, it worked great!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised to cook whatever was about to go bad first. This created all kinds of new and interesting recipes as you were forced to try new things without all the ingredients you may have desired. Today, I try to continue that tradition and am comfortable substituting, subtracting, or adding ingredients to a recipe. Every recipe is an opportunity for experimentation and learning, and any ingredient can be raised, lowered, or done away with entirely. The results are what is going to change, sometimes for the better, sometimes it needs to be thrown out, but each time we try something different we learn how to manipulate flavors, texture and color. Without experimentation we wouldn't have the wide array of recipes on this wonderful site.