Out of some kind of teenage rebellion, I declared myself a cooking tragedy and rarely picked up a pot unless I was making baked ziti pasta. I burned things like a champ and so I gave up without really trying. Flash forward to college - I got a job sophomore year that conflicted with the dining hall hours. I had to cook for myself or starve, so I slowly started to learn how to cook things. Now I am trying out more and more difficult things. Funny how things like that work out.
My favorite things to cook
Pasta, spicy foods, curry.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is an amazing cook, so that's probably part of the reason why I avoided it and why I became so good so quickly. I had always avoided the kitchen, but you can't help but pick up some of those tricks and flavors. My dishes are almost always spicy because my mom's dishes are always spicy.
My cooking triumphs
Baking: homemade poptarts!
Soup: One of the first things I ever made was a crab and corn bisque. It was so scary! I thought it was a complete failure because it looked like mush, didn't smell very good and I was pretty certain it was going to taste disgusting. After a couple of quick fixes, the soup magically turned into the bisque it was supposed to be. To this day, I don't know what I did, but it was delicious.
My cooking tragedies
One time, I burned the sauce, but not the cheese, off bagel bites. It was not only a cooking tragedy, but a mystery of science.