I started cooking at age 9! My dad bought me a series of Women's Day cookbooks so one would come every month and he would pick out things for me to try. I LOVE to read cookbooks and buy, at least, one a month now all these years later.
My favorite things to cook
I am a pretty busy professional, and mom, so I don't have a lot of time to cook during the week. I love to make quick and easy, yet interesting and "I got to have more of this" recipes. AND I am a great planner so I do prep, and cook-aheads on Sundays. I plan my Sundays to be prep for the week ahead.
My favorite family cooking traditions
While I was raised with lovely food traditions for every holiday, as well as Sunday specials, I really love to look at new ways to use the traditional ingredients in entirely new ways. An example is a lovely ham for Easter Sunday, now is about a half dozen ways to make Chicken Cordon Bleu -- which it turns out my son loves so much more than any ham recipe!
My cooking triumphs
My Chicken Cordon Bleu rocks! My son asks for it at least a couple of times a month -- and family and friends are always askig as well.
Another triumph is my love of baking that lead me to be able to make twelve entirely different cakes in one day when a friend's son died suddenly and they needed help for the "after" of the funeral.
My cooking tragedies
My dad really wanted to instill a love of not only cooking but being adventurous with trying things that are new and different. He succeeded by always eating everything I made -- and then saying whether I should make that again, could make that again, or perhaps shouldn't make that again. Should meant it was great as it. Could meant perhaps whatever I did needed a bit of tweeking. Shouldn't meant there was nothing good about it. He ate everything and cleaned his plate, even when my brothers and I didn't want to even take a second bite!!! Great dad -- and I AM an adventurous cook.