I just recently became a vegetarian within the past year and am always on the lookout for great meat-free dishes. I love making Southern, Mexican, and Mediterranean foods the most, though I'll eat just about any ethnicity of food. I like to try vegan dishes as well. I just got into food preservation, and am very interested in learning more about canning and drying foods. I also love to garden and believe in the local food movement. I really want to travel around Mexico and learn how to cook authentic Mexican cuisine. There are two "radical" farmers that I am really in to right now - Joel Salatin and Jose Bove. Look them up!
My favorite things to cook
Vegetarian, Vegan, Mexican, Southern, Mediterranean, Fall desserts, homemade pizza, dog biscuits and I've just begun learning how to can foods.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I remember always making cookies growing up and doing a bit of baking. I have a Mennonite/Amish heritage on both sides of my family and when we get together we go to Amish restaurants, which have wonderful food. If you've never tried Amish peanut butter, you really need to!
My cooking triumphs
I made everything for Thanksgiving dinner for my husband and I two years ago; I cooked a Lasagna meal for my 40 some co-workers last fall for a retreat (including an awesome vegan/gluten free lasagna); I also made a pretty great Mexican dinner for Christmas last year; Oh, and for my wedding, my parents, in-laws and I made three different kinds of cupcakes for about 150 guests.
My cooking tragedies
I've never made a great soup; I made a nasty meatless biscuits and gravy once; I tried to make gelatin eye balls last year for Halloween but they didn't work out so I turned it into "buggers" instead. (I know there's plenty more, I just can't think of them right now)