I have been cooking for 3 years (since I got married), and have found I have a good flair for it and enjoy it a lot! I just started learning to bake, and have been doing a lot of it for about a half a year with great success. My current interest is baking 100% whole wheat.
My favorite things to cook
Bread baking (whole wheat and white), chicken dishes, soups
My favorite family cooking traditions
The women in my family have a long history of cookie baking. We have a generations old Anise cookie recipe that has been passed down, and a tradition is to bake them for Christmas and cut them into shapes and hang them on the tree.
My cooking triumphs
Mostly the fact that my husband is the most picky eater in the world and yet he loves my cooking and my baking.
My cooking tragedies
The time I was distracted while making a baguette and forgot to add the salt, sugar, and oil.... whoops. Pretty bland bread.