Baking is one of my favorite things to do, it's how I treat myself after a long day at work. Right now I'm working on my cooking skills, and hopefully one day it will come natural to me, just like my baking. :-)
My favorite things to cook
Cookies, zucchini Bread, anything with chocolate, pancakes. I recently got a waffle maker so I am in the hunt of a fluffy on the inside/crispy on the outside recipe.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baked ziti. It's my best dish!
My cooking triumphs
I love reading recipes,and the recipe exchange board, and I recently created a dark chocolate glaze for dark chocolate cake II from this site. It turned out so amazing! You need guts to take risks in the kitchen, and sometimes there's a big payoff (especially if you succeed in making something delicious and chocolatey!) Also, I just figured out how reducing adds flavor to sauces.
My cooking tragedies
Not adding enough sugar to banana bread because I was trying to make it "healthier." This was more disappointing than tragic.