I'm mother of 2 boys(13 & 9). I cook inside, hubby cooks outside. My family (excluding boys) tells me I am a great cook. Averaging out my own ratings of my own recipes, I am just mediocre. Rather than make tried-and-true recipes for company, I usually use guests as an opportunity to try something new.
My favorite things to cook
Anything I haven't tried before
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's dressing w/ oysters, celery, bourbon, and many other things. She refuses to share recipe w/ anyone. It looks frightening and my husband won't touch it w/ a barge pole.
My cooking triumphs
I'm still waiting for this.
My cooking tragedies
Tomato curry with walnuts. I was 18 years old, living with my parents, and wanted to impress my sweetie. I ended up shoving him away from the stove so that he couldn't taste how revolting it was. He never did get to try it.