I remember when I was 5 or 6 wanting to help my Mom cooking. She told me when I could reach the knobs at the back of the stove, she would teach me.
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook are my favorite things to eat! I do common dishes. What you see is what you get! and it's totally identifyable. Not the "What kind of thing is that".
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a tradition that was passed on to me from my Godmother. By surprise, a good friend also did the same to me as well. Here it is: A delicious and certain specialty that they were known for, they would not reveal their recipe, not unless they knew they would never see you again. That's when they would pass on the recipe tradition and asked that I do the same. People will know you for the tradition instead of forgetting what it was you made. My friend made this incredible pie, I got the recipe two weeks before she died of Cancer. It's my favorite pie, and I renamed it Jean's Pie.
My cooking triumphs
I can usually (not always) take a typical recipe either by scratch or off the box or out of a book, tweek it a bit and come up with something that's a barn-burner success. I went to a well known BBQ, bought some smoke ribs, brought them home, steamed them and put my own BBQ sauce on them, baked them a bit and friends wanted my secret to cooking ribs!
My cooking tragedies
When I was young, I tried to make a Chocolate cake, my first from scratch. We didn't have all the ingredients and I tried to substitute a few things! Disasterous idea! What started out as a two layre Sour Cream Devil's Food Cake became a black toasted seven layer nightmare that got thrown out after the first bite! What were the substitutions? Don't even ask!