I'm 47, married and work as a psychiatric nurse, an extremely stressful job, so I work off the stress through doing things I enjoy, especially cooking. I've picked up interests in various cuisines with the travels we've made around the world and the US.
My favorite things to cook
I cook according to my current cravings. I enjoy cooking (well, actually eating) Thai the most, and also love Indian & Middle-Eastern meals, and Ethiopian. But traditional "normal" American comfort foods are always welcome on my plate. Baking for people who appreciate the effort is nice, but I'm trying to bake less since I can't stop easily.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was known for her cooking for years when she ran the lunchroom on Saturdays at her and my grandfather's auction barn. Over the years, people in her town would tell me that farmers would come from miles around just to have a cup of coffee and a piece of one of my grandmother's pies. One of the first desserts I self-learned was to make pies. Brag: My cooking has caused one of my adult step-kids to write a poem about my cooking.
My cooking triumphs
I've been complimented by family and friends over the years and got a few proposals with my cooking (and pies). My ex-husband complimented my cooking during our divorce trial. My husband brags on my cooking to everyone. I'm a food trivia whiz.
My cooking tragedies
I decided to impress my husband and one of his sons with my baking, so I made a cake from scratch. Unfortunately, I left out half the flour and it baked into a rubbery flat disc. My step-son tried to insist it was still good, but I've had to hear about that cake and leaving out flour for over 12 years now. I tend to burn at least one pan of hot rolls every major holiday.