My husband and I have been married 25 years, have three great kids aged 19, 15, and 7. We all love to cook together and try new things. The best time of day is our nightly family dinner when we spend time together and enjoy simply talking and having fun together. We actually live between McBain and Marion, but Cadillac is more identifiable. We live in a 100+ year old farm house that has been restored (still in progress, as anybody in our neighborhood knows), but we're down to the last two rooms.
My favorite things to cook
I have a few regular dishes, but no recipes per say for the regulars, make them so much I just know what to mix - fajitas, stir fry, meatloaf, chili, etc. I'm also famous with my family (not always in a good way) for not wasting anything so it'll be recreated into something different a few days later - 9 times out of 10 it turns out good, but there's always that one time it doesn't. Mostly I like to try new recipes and dishes, my kitchen has a bookshelf filled with cookbooks but I'm still looking for new recipes, illogical why that is. I also enjoy collecting antique cookbooks, the more worn out and loved the better, and pour over the old recipes compared to new ones. If a recipe is well used, or has a story behind it that made some memories I find I enjoy it all the more.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Actually cooking is a part of our everyday life together, we rarely eat out, and so we all enjoy it. Our son even talks of becoming a chef perhaps when he graduates. Every Sunday after church we have brunch together, dinnertime together, but breakfast is usually something quick on the way out the door.
My cooking triumphs
I'd have to say the first one was cheesecake, 10+ years ago - see story below. Ten years ago I had my staple recipes - the usual fare and some mexican. The last ten years or so we've been trying new stuff like indian, thai, chinese, japanese, etc - the kids like the different flavors.
My cooking tragedies
Back in college I tried making my husband a cheesecake, since it's his favorite dessert, and spent $10 in supplies to make it (being a broke college student at the time made it hurt all the more more) and it turned out horrible - after that I figured I'd stick to buying cheesecakes since at least it would be good. During the mid 90's my mom made a cheesecake that was awesome, and since then I have used her recipe without fail. Also tried a number of other cheesecake recipes, from Alton Brown on FoodTV, etc. Way back, early married days I remember I literally screwed up jello. Cooking back then was pretty basic, my mom always cooked for us grown up which was nice but then I had to figure it out myself which wasn't always good. I guess I've flourished at it in the years since due to that I'm the designated family baker. When we're visiting family on weekends I enjoy cooking different ethnic dishes at our beach house in Tawas for them to try, things they haven't had before - nothing