I learned to cook mostly from my mother. I had certain recipes that were tried and true, but in 2004 I discovered some food allergies that got me cooking for myself a whole lot more, and from there began having small 6-10 person dinner parties to share the joy.
My favorite things to cook
Due to my wheat/dairy/soy allergies, I've found myself drawn to Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cooking quite a lot. I can have miso and small amounts of soy sauce so I don't miss out on those. In addition I've become quite fond of my dehydrator and have been enjoying exploring that realm of things too.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Vietnamese and Thai, with an emphasis on attaining that perfect balance between sweet, salty, sour and spicy.
My cooking triumphs
Thai fish cakes, Vietnamese shrimp lettuce wraps, Asian tuna salad.
My cooking tragedies
Mostly before I learned what flavors go well together, and recently in the realm of baking, as the whole yeast-rising thing still has me confused a bit. But I'm getting there!