I'm married to an Egyptian and living in Spain with our son and daughter. We lived for 5 years in Cyprus before that.
When my husband-to-be and I first got together, he was slightly sad to hear that I didn't know how to cook (except baked goods) and didn't have any interest in learning. He was already quite an experienced cook. It took me a couple years, but now I'm the main cook/ shopper/ menu planner for a 20 person camp, three months each year on a daily basis. I've come a long way, thanks in big part to allrecipes.com. My husband is pleased that I put so much effort into learning and I actually enjoy it now. We joke that he is addicted to internet soccer and I am addicted to internet recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Cakes, cookies, breads, Indian, stir-fry, pasta... I wish I could say I'm good at making Mexican food since I love it so much, but it always turns out tasting Americanized (nothing wrong with Tex-Mex, but it's not Mexican!).
My favorite family cooking traditions
BBQ outside on the deck for Christmas in the warm Arizona weather, Monster Pancake for every birthday since my childhood, quesadillas for afternoon snacks, cinnamon raisin swirl bread (my dad's specialty), mac-and-cheese from the box (actually preferred by us kids over my mom's homemade--silly kids), cranberry muffins, BBQed shish-kebabs assembled by all 6 of us...
My cooking triumphs
I am not a gourmet cook and never will be, but I appreciate any food that tastes good, especially if a lot of effort went into it, as with most ethnic food. I have been especially pleased (after lots of practice) with my versions of beef tagine with prunes and almonds, chicken biryani, and doro wat stew. I especially like to make them with the local ethnic bread, which takes extra effort and practice but is sooo worth it. A Moroccan, Indian, and Ethiopian tasting those dishes might say it is not exactly like their mother's (for sure lacking some chili!), but isn't that how it goes even inside the US?!
My cooking tragedies
Honestly, I am terrible at any doughnut or candy recipe, with almost no exception. Also homemade ketchup was such a flop that I will NEVER be trying it again!