I'm a busy professional computer geek without as much time as I'd like to really cook.
My favorite things to cook
Simple dishes that almost cook themselves like spaghetti, meatloaf, beans
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make a brunch most every Sunday, alternating between pancakes, waffles and crepes
My cooking triumphs
My first triumph was when I figured out to chill potatoes before trying to make potato salad. Until then I always ended up with mashed potato salad.
My cooking tragedies
I've had only one I can remember. However, I honestly can't remember what it was but it was in the past year. My family told me there was nothing to forgive as everything I've cooked has been great. OTOH they all agreed that my failure was worse than awful.