I worked in the food service industry for many years in positions from prep to running restaurant kitchens and catering. I have found though that I enjoy cooking much more when it is for pleasure rather than as a means of income
My favorite things to cook
Just about everything but especially homemade pasta sauces and soups.
My favorite family cooking traditions
This isn't necessarily a tradition but my favorite thing about cooking growing up was whether it was for a holiday family get together or just putting a nice dinner on the table everyone had a "job" to do and contributed something to the meal.
My cooking triumphs
Lemon pepper turkey I made for Thanksgiving. Turned out beautifully and was a nice step away from traditional roasted turkey.
My cooking tragedies
The sugar free cake I tried to make for my mom, who is diabetic, this last mother's day. What a disaster.