My favorite things to cook
As many varieties of chili as I can think of, soup, curries (generally Indian--if we want Thai, we go out), and I'm a sucker for recipes with unusual techniques or ingredients. I love to make cookies, especially for holidays, and my husband and I like to work together sometimes on what we dub "project food" (generally fussy recipes with lots of steps that take most of the day).
I have also started making homemade bread. It's delicious, but I have got to stop burning myself!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom makes the best yeast rolls and cinnamon bread ever. The Swedish side of my family gave me a love of all kinds of cardamom-laced baked goods, as well as paper-thin Swedish pancakes. I also have the fondest memories of my grandmother's Thanksgiving feast, especially her broccoli cheese casserole.
My cooking triumphs
Buttermilk wheat bread, rye breads, beautiful and flavorful apple pies, calzones, and lots of dishes that are so tasty my husband is actually willing to consume vegetables.
My cooking tragedies
Homemade sourdough bread that didn't cook all the way through, an eggplant casserole with so much heat that my dining companion took one bite and ran from the table yelling "it burns!", and once, a long, long time ago, I grossly overestimated the "pinch of salt" in a batch of cookies and nobody would eat them