I am a displaced East Coaster, living in the midwest while I go to school. I am lucky enough to have a fiance that thinks everything is delicious, so I probably think I'm a much better cook than I actually am. My family ate dinner together every night when I was growing up; I can count the number of times we went out to eat because it happened so seldom. We ate a lot of healthy food that I didn't like. I am a very picky eater, I dislike most vegetables, I hate all seafood, and now that I am on my own I tend towards comfort food.
My favorite things to cook
mac and cheese with bacon and garlic,
rice noodles with spicy peanut sauce,
anything with olive oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar,
pumpkin everything (but cheesecake is the best!),
black bean soup w red quinoa,
chicken cordon bleu,
stuffed french toast,
most anything on a grill,
balsamic glazed carrots, blintzes, bread (kneading is soothing)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family tended towards a lot of easy and quick dishes like tacos, spaghetti, grilled chicken, etc., nothing too personal or fancy, but we have this amazing family recipe for eggnog that we make every christmas eve. I could drink a gallon of it.
My cooking triumphs
When I completed a dish without setting off a fire alarm. The first time I "invented" a recipe. When I realized I have all my favorite recipes memorized. When I realized I don't need to measure every single thing.
My cooking tragedies
Pretty much the first few years I tried to cook on my own. My last attempt at red velvet cake (you could have bricked a house with that thing). The time I used nutmeg in egg salad instead of paprika, it was truly revolting.