Grew up in California, I wouldn't say my family really has any traditions. I was raised mostly by my mother and grandmother, yet I pretty much taught myself to cook. Out of high school I served in the military for five years, married my wife during that term and am now enjoying the freedom of the outside world. My cooking is far from organized, I've made amazing dishes when I've had the resources but have never learned to make ingredient records, and I more often than not scrape together odds and ends to make a decent meal.
My favorite things to cook
I'd say my most absolute favorites to cook are breads/pastries/desserts and complex meat recipes that require lots of prep and precision. I choose these two because I think they're the most rewarding when people like them.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking triumphs
Shrimp Scampi, braised lamb shank, cakes, cookies, steak, bread.
My cooking tragedies
I have several suspicions, but family never wants to give an honest opinion. I think I'll cook something completely inedible one day to test the theory.