Having people over to eat good food and have good conversation is sublime.
My favorite things to cook
Soup has been a main thing I've been trying out, ever since I realized a few years ago that soup has a purpose beyond a can of chicken noodle when sick! I also like baking German cakes when I have the time, and I love making salad with fun new ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Around New Year's, my family gets together to make tamales. My mom's macaroni and cheese is always a hit and my dad makes incredible cookies that he's known for. Sometimes I help, usually I just enjoy. =)
My cooking triumphs
Nothing too fancy -- I used to make amazing scones but I forget how I did it! I once made some great potstickers and chicken lettuce wraps from scratch... Basically, I tend towards simpler, wholesome foods that everyone enjoys, collecting recipes and trying my own versions of foods I've eaten other places.
My cooking tragedies
In college, I once tried making Gazpacho soup... I had never had it before and nobody really liked it! A few spoonfuls was fine but a whole bowl of it was like a V8 overdose, though chunkier!