Truthfully, I'm not the cook in the family, although I make my share of meals, my husband is. I'm a baker at heart, but since my husband is a nutritionist,(and lactose intolerant) I've had to learn to adjust the way I bake and cook. I've really grown and developed my own healthy yet delicious style. Which was a real challenge since I'm the daughter of dairy farmers and all the women in my family bake rich and decadent things, thus I raised to bake in such a manner. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite, but most detrimental, family tradition is using butter... lots of it... on and in everything. There is no equivalent to butter when it comes to taste, texture, and appearance, even. However, since I'm married to a man who believes butter to be the devil, I've changed my ways.
My cooking triumphs
I've learned to change the way I bake, just about everything I've been making my entire life, with healthy adjustments. All my baked goods now use half the amount of butter or none at all; Along with reduced sugars and added nutrients and fiber. And I've accomplished it without compromising the taste nor, for the most part, the texture. Some of my creations even taste Better than the original!!!
My cooking tragedies
Along the path of finding my healthy niche, I've created some truly awful, bland, and tough things. But this one thing I'm still working on, and it's just not there yet, Is a secret cookie of mine. I'll post the recipe as soon as I have it perfected, but know that I've had to travel the road of the "just-throw-it-away" cookie to finally arrive to my desired destination of the amazing a------ cookie!