I'm a mom of three, I run a small cafe in our local natural foods coop, and I've worked in the restaurant business for more than half my life. I like food! I cook as localvore as I can, and bake probably way too much (although it seems I can always find someone to eat what I make :)) I often do not use recipes, but love to look at this site for inspiration. I love the Iron Chef idea of taking what's in my fridge and cupboard and making something delicious from it.
My favorite things to cook
veggies and grains in many incarnations
anything in phyllo, savory or sweet
My favorite family cooking traditions
The kids love to help, and I love to cook with them! It doesn't really matter what we're making, although it's most often something baked and/or something with chocolate.
My cooking triumphs
Making Mickey's Favorite Cheesecake from allrecipes for my chef boss, with salted peanut caramel and chocolate ganache, for his birthday cake, and having him love it. Oh, and making his wedding cake as well (carrot cake)!
My cooking tragedies
There was the time it took 3 tries to get a batch of biscuits that were edible...
forgetting the leavening or the salt is my most common mistake. or forgetting that last tray of cookies.