I love to eat, bake, and cook, in that order. I am not an intuitive cook, but thanks to good recipes, I am a gourmet cook! I would be lost without my recipes!
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are desserts. I probably bookmark 50 new dessert recipes for every 1 savory recipe. I love all kinds of desserts equally: cakes, cookies, homemade ice cream, candies, puddings, pies, cobblers... I can't imagine living without any of these kinds of dessert :) I also love all sorts of breads, from sandwich breads to scones, biscuits, muffins, quick breads, cornbread, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We don't have any traditions; it's just the two of us (no kids yet) and I cook everything from scratch. We rarely have store-bought snacks in the cupboard because I'm always dreaming up what I want to cook next!
My cooking triumphs
Probably the more unusual stuff that I never imagined I'd be able to do when I was younger, such as homemade chicken broth or cooking my first turkey :). I make my own pasta, tortillas, pita bread, crackers, yogurt, ricotta cheese, vanilla extract, ice cream, puddings, candies, etc. My most difficult candy recipe was the Snicker's remake from Chow.com which involved a caramel layer, a peanut nougat, and tempered chocolate, and turned out delicious.
My cooking tragedies
I mostly use America's Test Kitchen recipes, which are tested to be fool-proof and really really detailed in instructions, along with their recommended ingredients and cooking equipment, so with all of those advantages, I rarely have a cooking tragedy. Sometimes the food is mediocre and I don't repeat the recipe, but that's the only bad thing that ever (usually) happens. Once in a while, I have a dud recipe or make a major mistake. I have burned caramel once, and there was a fried zucchini recipe that totally flopped (from The Mixer Bible cookbook), but mostly everything turns out fine. And I still love that cookbook, which has some real hits along with some misses. Some other odd recipes came from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking Cookbook (Tropical Quinoa Custard, anyone?) - lol. But most of the recipes from that book are AMAZING, so I can't complain about a few weird ones, especially in a "healthy" book :)