My mother did not cook when I was growing up. We joke that her specialty is jello, and she tells stories of my brother and I playing "restaurant" instead of "kitchen" when we were children.
My favorite things to cook
Dips! I love to make dips. My husband and I love entertaining whether it be for football games, holidays, ladies night, or no reason at all. He's the grill-master while I am the dip-master.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Um... see "about me" section. For Christmas Eve, my mom used to make Prime Rib and twice baked potatoes.
My cooking triumphs
Thanksgiving dinner, all by myself, in 2009, the first year in my new house shortly after my marriage.
My cooking tragedies
Bacon. I can never seem to get bacon right, and that smell NEVER goes away. I've also had egg explosions. For Christmas and birthdays, my mom buys me all kinds of fancy convenience cooking gadgets. The microwave egg cooker went into the trash shortly after the explosion