I grew up with my father owning 8 or so restaurants and we spent a lot of spare time creating new and interesting foods - especially pizzas. At my mom's house there was little cooking being done and rarely anything to cook except diet bread, frozen dinners, etc... So I was forced to be imaginative and I had a lot of fun working with recipes and seeing what works and what doesn't.
My favorite things to cook
Pizza, breads/dough is so versatile. I just love it!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hmmmm.... Christmas cookies and flour fights with the kids :)
My cooking triumphs
My family would say apple pie, pizza, or monkey bread or something like that but I think its when I take whatever I have and make something delicious.
My cooking tragedies
Ugh... When I thought a clove of garlic was a whole bulb. I used 3. 'Nuff said. OR - when the stores were out of "Grandma's" molasses and I didnt know anything about other kinds so I grabbed black strap and used that in my grandmother's recipe for a particular xmas cookie she makes. They tasted like tar. Bleh!!!