I love cookbooks. It is very hard for me to pass by the bargain bin in book stores, but that's getting easier now that I've found this site. It's the ultimate cookbook. I like to cook but HATE to clean up the kitchen afterwards. I also enjoy trying new things.
My favorite things to cook
I LOVE Japanese food, and I'm learning to cook more and more of it myself. I LOVE oven-fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy. It's my ultimate comfort food. I also enjoy cooking spaghetti and chili. They're very versatile and you can make endless variations with only minor ingredient changes, which I like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family always has a Christmas Pudding with Christmas Dinner. I do not like Christmas Pudding, but it is still one of my favorite traditions. I'm weird like that.
My cooking triumphs
I consider any food I prepare that does not end up burned, undercooked, hideous, flavorless, or otherwise unappetizing to be a triumph. I am, however, particularly proud of my first successful attempt at making Onigiri (Japanese rice balls), since I had so many failed attempts at them before.
My cooking tragedies
I can't think of any specific examples, but I know that a big problem I have is that I underestimate how long something will take to cook (sometimes it isn't my fault, but the fault of questionable directions in a recipe). Excessively late meals are the result... and when I'm on a strict time schedule, it has meant I had to find alternate meal plans, and the meal I was preparing had to be abandoned. Sometimes the abandoned dinner would be ruined utterly, depending on how far along in the cooking/prep process it was when I had to give up on it. Rest in peace, failed dinners. Rest in peace.