I'm a student (unfortunately not of the culinary nature). I love food and all things food related. I'm happiest in the kitchen with some good music playing and an experiment to brew. Love cooking for people and hearing the "mmmm"s. I also run a small food blog that's really just a way for me to keep track of what I make. You can find it at http://girlmeetsbowl.tumblr.com/
My favorite things to cook
I try and cook/eat as healthy as possible. Generally just fresh veggies, fruits, organic dairy, nuts and meat. Avoid boxed/processed goods at all costs. However, I still have the worst sweet tooth (as evidenced by my recipe box).
In a nutshell, I love finding ways to naturally nourish both body and palette. On the flip side, I can't resist the occasional cheesecake experiment.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I've loved the kitchen since I was little. My mom would involve us in all the meals, get us to do small tasks like stirring etc. We were probably more of a hindrance than a help but her motto was that it wasn't really cooking unless you made a mess. Now I love being in the kitchen with all the warm kitchen smells and sounds. So even though we've got a tiny kitchen now, we love having big meals and getting everyone involved in the process.
Also, we do as much from scratch as we can, and try and waste as little as possible. For the most part, anything you can buy processed and prepackaged, you can make from scratch tastier, cheaper, and healthier.
My cooking triumphs
I make a killer pumpkin pie every thanksgiving/halloween/christmas from scratch, fresh carved pumpkin and all. I brought one for my boyfriend's family and they died over it. Everyone asked for the recipe. Same goes for an oreo cheesecake, over which a cheesecake factory cheesecake was snubbed.
My cooking tragedies
I recently tried making healthy baked beans, sans sugar and bacon and soaked dried beans over canned. I overcompensated for the flavor and made a disgusting, semi-crunchy mess. There have been many bumps on this road to good nutrition. Trying to find ways to make simple food really tasty can yield major successes, as well as some really bad failures. If you've got any tips on the former, would love to hear from you.