I have been cooking for over 30 years and, although not a trained professional, have worked as a caterer before. I read cookbooks for entertainment and watch lots of cooking shows.
My favorite things to cook
I really like hearty "peasant" fare. Soups, stews, casseroles, etc. I like things that are relatively easy to make and have fresh, full-flavor ingredients. When I entertain, I like to have some energy left to spend on my guests so I'll usually pass on overly complicated meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving has to be my favorite holiday because of all the family traditions. It seems like everyone has a particular dish they are known for so when we all come together its a wonderful feast. We lost my 97 year old grandmother this year and nobody can make cinnamon rolls like her (and we've all tried).
My cooking triumphs
The salt content in most processed food is alarming so I am working on re-creating many recipes. I have high blood pressure so I'm on a mission to create low-sodium flavorful food. Latest triumph: Pasta sauce made with no salt added tomato products. I don't miss the salt at all!
My cooking tragedies
I once tried to make gnocci using rice flour because I had a friend who was alergic to wheat. It was a disaster.