I am a reg mom/wife/friend who started cooking whatever was around when my folks were not home. Later I married young (for love not money) so making due w/ simple available ingredients became a honed skill.
My favorite things to cook
I am required to cook quite a lot. My DH is no cook, and I have a family w/ hungry boys. I buy meats and other items on sale- then I choose what to prepare based on those ingredients. Saves money, and provides variety.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Love dirty rice for holiday fare! I also love vegetarian meals w/ several choices of steamed items.
My cooking triumphs
A buncha people coming over...and the only meat I have thawed is hamburger patties, no buns. I breaded and pan fried them, made an onion gravy. Served w/ potatoes & veggie- big hit. Whew, that was close.
My cooking tragedies
I prepared a lg pot of garlic mashed potatoes for a dinner party. I left them out while I finished the entre thinking they would be fine- they soured and tasted awful- won't be doing that again.