When I was growing up my parents both worked full time. My dad would come home with Double Colas, Ruffles, and chip-n-dip (and sometimes he'd also make ham sandwiches) for snack while my mom cooked something like Hamburger Helper on the stove. Needless to say I did not learn about cooking during my childhood. Now I've been cooking for about 20 years, mostly stuff out of a box or package. And within the past year or so I have become more interested in cooking, reading recipes and learning about cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Well, until recently I have always been intimidated by recipes that have more than three or four ingredients. So that has severly limited my experience. However, I do enjoy making Chicken Tortilla Soup. Because I don't use a recipe I just follow my heart and use whatever ingredients I have on hand and it usually turns out pretty good I have bombed it once and hit a homerun a few times!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Last year for the Super Bowl I made some really good baked chicken wings and will probably do that again this year. I love Thanksgiving dinner, although I totally overcooked my first turkey this past year.
My cooking triumphs
The first time I ever tried to make Stir-Fry was from a Cooking Light cookbook. I did it almost all by myself and it was amazing! Really that is the very first meal I ever remember my picky eater family (husband and 2 kids) raving about how good something I had cooked was. All the praise was almost overwhelming... I could barely eat!
My cooking tragedies
I have trashed a couple of different things; both times trying to use my imagination and no recipe. Once it was supposed to be like Hamburger Helper with meat and pasta and sauce... it was not good.
The other was trying to throw together a Chicken tortilla soup that turned out looking & tasting like dogfood with mushy rice.