I live in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, and grew up eating the rather traditional Southern Foods. I was adopted, so my Mom was 55 when I was born and she made things the "Old Fashioned" way.
I never really had any interest in cooking when I was younger, but as I grew older I began to ask her how to make this and that. The rest I just came up with on my own. I love to experiment with recipes and make them my own.
My favorite things to cook
Fried Chicken, Lasagna, Beef Roasts, Pork Loin, BBQ Ribs! And anything on the grill... I don't eat fish or seafood but I am going to attempt to make grilled shrimp for my husband soon! If I had more money for groceries I would be cooking 16 hours a day, I LOVE it! My dream is to one day have a Food Truck where I can share my recipes with others! So when I win the Lottery.... There are two Trolley Cars sitting up the road from me, Those would make an ideal little cafe if joined together by a vestibule; one car where people could sit and eat and the other as my kitchen. I would call it, of Course, "The Trolley Cafe"...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Now that my kids are older, they are starting to ask ME how I cook things...LOL
My cooking triumphs
I make a spinach dish that is simple and my kids love it!! I also make a bourbon BBQ sauce that a couple restaurants have tried to buy from me.
Hubby does most of the baking though, he is much better at it!!
My Sister-In_Law still makes my Fiesta Ranch Chicken; I made it once when we visited there years ago and they loved it so much they asked for the recipe... She still makes it for her Boyfriend once a week as it is his favorite chicken dish!!
Also my Original Ranch Potato Salad gets a lot of recipe requests as well! :-)
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make Chicken and Dumplings for my husband as it is one of his favorites. The Chicken and stock were great but the dumplings were inedible! My Husband to this day refers to that meal as "Chicken and Droppings" !!
I tried to make my take on a Mexican Omelet. I figured I could make it casserole style, so I got a baking dish, added scrambled eggs to the bottom, then taco seasoned ground beef & the cheese. Well, I guess I should have added the eggs then put it in the oven to cook them first, because it came out looking like Alpo. He still calls that one "Alpo Surprise"!
Many years ago when I cooked my 1st turkey for Thanksgiving, My ex in-laws were there, & the turkey came out looking like a pic from a magazine. My Father in Law began to carve the turkey. I hear, "What in the world is this"?? I had left the baggies of innards in the turkey! I had no clue they were there! I was Mortified but the turkey was great!