Married with two children. Husband and son EXCESSIVELY picky eaters so my cooking is sharply limited from what I love to cook. My daughter is limited to low fat, minimal protein, high complex carbs.
My favorite things to cook
Roasts, Slow Cooker meals, anything new that catches my interests. I do not cook very many desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When my son was little we made cookies together, eggs in a basket, teddy bear pancakes, and green eggs (a small amount of savory to give green tinge) and ham. Because my husband will not eat anything but hambergers, pizza, meat, potatoes and corn :( When he is away we load up on rice and cream gravy, Mexican or Asian food!
My cooking triumphs
My own recipies (not measured!) for smothered duck & steak, pork roast with curried rice, shrimp in a lime butter onion sauce, my toss together gumbo, scratch spaghetti sauce, cream gravies and rice gets me a hug from my son, and buttermilk biscuits.
Birthday cakes were always a favorite with me. Hits were my block cakes, a Toy Story theme using characters bought at Toys R Us, green soldiers, Buzz/Woody from McDonalds, graveyard cake for Halloween, Hot Wheel cake with hotwheels and dirt track made from brown sugar. I'll have to think of something for graduation.imagination makes the sky the limit.
My cooking tragedies
Fried chicken or chops never keep their crusts on. I have yet to get a good scald on them for a nice crispy crust.
I made my sister a cherry filled chocolate pound birthday cake which erupted with cherry lava, before cutting.
I baked two angel food cakes which exploded into sections when baking over the top of the tube pans. Was a mix, followed to a t..but, there it was.
My buttermilk biscuits are great but it took practice to perfect, they would either crumble or paper weight heavy..but, practice makes perfect. There is no recipe for it so it is done by ingredients and feel of the dough as they are not cut-out but hand rolled.