I am a born-again Christian, and have been married to my wonderful husband for 10 years now. We have a little 3 yr old girl who is just learning her way around the kitchen. I went from only knowing how to make boxed pasta our first year of marriage (and bringing things like Jello to a pot-luck) to having the most requests for my cooking at church and work. It is an accomplishment I can only give glory to God for. My poor husband ate anything I put in front of him like it was his last meal, and loved it (and me!) through it all!
My favorite things to cook
I'll cook and try anything. Almost anything. I won't cook snakes or snails. Weirdly enough, I'd probably eat them from a restaurant. That's because I trust that the chef knows what (s)he's doing!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not so much traditions, but more history, but...Well, my mom came from a country where meat was served only at weddings and Christmas. I am Albanian, and Albania is an under-developed nation where many struggle to provide the basic necessities in life. After coming to the states in '72 and getting married in '73, my mom quickly became a whiz in the kitchen. There wasn't a dish she could merely look at that she didn't herself perfect. I can't say I have inherited this knack for cooking, but the love of good food runs in my blood! If I had more money, I'd choose all high quality ingredients, but that's not always possible. I just want to pass that "tradition" to my daughter...not to be afraid of the kitchen-it's a blessing!
My cooking triumphs
The Spinach Quiche, the "World's Best Lasagna," Banana banana bread, Chili I, Green Bean Okazu (simple, but FAB), Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms, and the Harvest Thyme Rice are all things I make over and over again simply because they are mostly seasonal items that my family (and others) look forward to when that time of year comes. A note ont he Worlds Best Lasagna-I make that whenever anyone has a baby or has been in the hospital and can't cook for a while. It feeds a family of 4 for at least two days. And it's real authentic tasting as the homeamade meat sauce is slow simmered before being layered in the lasagna.
My cooking tragedies
Sadly, it was a recipe from this site. Don't try the Mock Tuna Salad. If it isn't tuna...it isn't tuna. That's all I have to say about that.