I come from an Irish-Newfie family living in the middle of Mennonite South-Eastern Manitoba. The culture mash up is a huge part of who I am. Favourite comfort food meals include Jigg's Dinner and Perogies&Farmer Sausage with cream gravy.
My favorite things to cook
Soup. Any and every kind of soup. I'm all about making every ingredient earn it's keep and good soup is the ultimate poor-man's triumph! Also, if you haven't read "The Tale of Desperaux" by Kate DiCamillo, go read it this instant. And then read it to your kids.
My favorite family cooking traditions
SEAFOOD!! Lobster parties, bacon-wrapped scallops w/blue cheese, barbequed salmon, baked Cod, fry-ups, mussels in white-wine cream sauce, THE WORKS.
Downey Family's baked chocolate pudding: if you're at our house for dinner and this is dessert, you have officially graduated from company to family. This also means we will no longer clean-up for you. :p
Figgy Duff: THE boiled Christmas pudding. The recipe is my grandmother's and I make it for dessert after Christmas Day dinner every year!