Found out in middle age that I really like to eat food that tastes good. In addition, I discovered that I really like making it taste good. You can talk to anyone about food, doesn't matter their politics, religion or color of dog. Everyone likes to eat!
My favorite things to cook
Gumbo, Jambalaya, slow cooked Boston butt roast, fish stew...mmm...getting hungry...
My cooking triumphs
Biscuits - my first experience trying to make southern style biscuits was using Bisquick and they turned out like little hockey pucks. I spent the next several weeks making batch after batch and now I can make a good batch of biscuits like your granny used to (or still does) make.
My cooking tragedies
Slow cooking a large rack of ribs and forgetting about them. They were on the grill for 9 hours instead of 4 and turned into rib jerky.