I used to be the master of the microwave. I began teaching myself how to cook a few years ago in an effort to improve my health. Now I cook because I actually enjoy it. I don't necessarily always cook low-calorie food, but I figure anything is better than eating out of a box.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that requires a lot of chopping. I like chopping things. Prep-work is time consuming but I find the process cathartic. However, I really hate peeling potatoes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I don't really have any. My mom was is good cook but she worked a lot. I grew up on sandwiches, microwave food and lots of eggs - because eggs were the only thing I knew how to cook.
My cooking triumphs
Um... every time I come out of the kitchen with edible food :) It's been a long road, but I've started gaining some confidence. I was especially proud of the Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake - hard to believe I made something that pretty. Successfully making bread by hand was also quite impressive.
My cooking tragedies
So many. At one point in my life, I actually screwed up Jell-O and managed to catch a toaster on fire making Pop-Tarts. There was a hilarious-bad blueberry birthday cake disaster for my sister that still draws some laughs. The time I failed to scale down a recipe and ended up with approximately 3 gallons of completely inedible carrot soup. Burning the imprint of a cast iron skillet handle into the palm of my hand...