Raised vegan, turned lacto-ovo vegetarian, then moved to Tokyo - very hard to be lacto-ovo and working! I eat some fish or chicken broth, but no meat because it gives me a bad stomachache. Meat does look and smell tasty, though! I cook for my omnivore husband, too.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that is quick, easy, very tasty, and easy to clean up after! I am very tired at the end of the day and it is often nearly impossible to find most of the ingredients I grew up with, so I make do as best I can!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was pretty awesome when it came to food! She made EVERYTHING from scratch, had a huge garden so most things were fresh, and introduced me to many, many cultural cuisines. I will cook anything at least once, and I like to improvise, so I guess that is our tradition!
My cooking triumphs
Cooking pork chops for my husband and getting it right the first time! (So he had the decency to claim!)
Also, cooking my mom's vegetarian lasagna for my non-vegetarian MIL... she loved it!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to name here! One in particular is the terrible tomato-basil soup I made once... The whole huge pot was unsalvageable!