I've been cooking for 20+ years and I am recently looking at possible positions as a chef down in the Caribbean somewhere. I was fortunate enough to have taken some classes from the California Culinary Academy back when they were doing weekend seminars.
If you are local and would like to cook together over the next three months (Feb/Mar/Apr) that would be fun.
My favorite things to cook
Breads of all varieties, pies, cakes and cookies; sauces, gravies and reductions; roasted chicken; tortillas; chicken noodle soup. I've also taken a bartending course so I also like to invent drink concoctions from time to time.
My favorite family cooking traditions
None, to be honest. I was a latchkey kid growing up.
My cooking triumphs
Fellow gourmet-loving friends and I decided to recreate the food as seen in the movie Big Night. I chose to make the Timpano and it turned out perfect (after what was probably four hours of preparation and cooking time). I've been known for my bread and apple pies over the years.
My cooking tragedies
Back when I was married my mother-in-law was making suggestions on the sidelines and, distracted in the moment, I accidentally used baking powder instead of corn starch in an apple pie filling. Needless to say, the pie was quite horrible.