I love heat, but it has to be flavorful heat. Finding a great wine/food combo is fantastic when it happens.
My favorite things to cook
Anything hot and flavorful. Quick and easy while keeping it healthy and cheap is the most satisfying accomplishment for me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Unfortunately these are few, I have memories of Porketta roasts, breakfast egg hotdishes (yes, I am from MN) and Pasty Pies from my Great Grandmother in Northern Minnesota.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna and duck have been my biggest successes.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list, but I still eat 'em.