My favorite things to cook
I love to cook--mostly soups, salads, and entrees--mostly everything except desserts---I'm not much of a baker. I usually cook from scratch, but if a recipe's steps get *too* complicated or the ingredient list gets way *too* long, I tend to not try it. I mostly cook chicken but also other meats, and also enjoy vegetable dishes. I enjoy vegetarian dishes, too, but don't, myself, cook much with tofu.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm largely a self-taught cook as my mother didn't like to cook much at all. I usually stay pretty faithful to a recipe the first time I try it, & then start playing with it after that.
My cooking triumphs
I invented a version of 'dal' that I just love & that's easy. It might not be quite authentic but it's tasty!
Also a Thai-style version of chicken with peanut curry sauce--one of my very favorite dishes!--that I approximated after eating it at Thai restaurants numerous times.
One of my first triumphs was over 40 years ago when I made some chili after imbibing a bit too much--lol, it was the best darn chili I ever made!!!
My cooking tragedies
I recently made a souffle that was a total flop! I've made them successfully in the past, but when I tried recently, I wasn't using the right method to beat the egg whites, which are so essential to a souffle. Oh well--I'll know what not to do next time!!