I cook on a grad student's meager budget and rarely go out to eat, so I'm on this site a lot! I'm vegetarian but my fiance is not, yet he eats all the veg stuff I cook and seems not to miss the meat. It's nice having a receptive audience :)
My favorite things to cook
Anything vegetarian. I make recipes my weekly projects and like to try new ingredients or methods on a regular basis. I love baking, especially things with oats, and I've just begun trying my hand at bread baking, as I got a bread machine for Christmas this year.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up I used to sit in the kitchen and talk to my parents as they cooked, and I remember those and some of the best conversations we had. Now I enjoy having someone keep me company in the kitchen while I cook! I also don't mind a drink and some good music as companions either :)
My cooking triumphs
Making my fiance's favorite family recipe just the way his mother makes it. I was honored to get a copy of the recipe (the only one outside the family!) because that's something special one woman can pass along to another.
My cooking tragedies
I recently assembled a sourdough starter that I had been feeding daily and stored in the oven for a bit of warmth. It was about two weeks old when one night I came home and wanted to bake some potatoes for a soup recipe. Turned the oven to 400. Smelled a weird smell. Oh no! It was the plastic tupperware container and the stinky starter, oozing all over the oven floor. Back to the old drawing board :)