It all started when I was 2 and my grandmother went through a bottle of ketchup, mustard, and mayo every week because I was making "recipes". Now I enjoy making all sorts of things, and have on a number of occasions been told that I should open my own resturant.
My favorite things to cook
Most anything. I'll cook things that I don't like to eat for others (and they usually turn out good). I love to use spices because I grew up with bland food (mom was allergic to a lot)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Christmas dinner. We usually have it at our house. And the Christmas cookies we make each year to give away as gifts.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas dinner, 2005: Made stuffed filet mignon, and everyone was stuffed afterwards.
October 2005: Made 40 cloves of garlic chicken for 12 people. Never really made it for that many before but it turned out wonerful.
My cooking tragedies
Once, a long time ago, I wanted to recreate chicken franchse at home. Since it's usually a lemon-butter-white wine sauce, I tried that. I ended up curdling the sause, and ate plain ole chicken for dinner that night.