I'm 39 and have been cooking since I turned 5. (Grandma insisted that was the age to begin. And with an extended family always over at her house for meals, she was smart to draft all the helpers she could get!) I've been battling a serious health issue since 2004 and tailoring my cooking to suit. I have a husband and a 14 year old daughter, work full time and love to experiment with foods and recepies to make them healthier.
My favorite things to cook
Mexican food! With homemade salsas, tortilias and the works! Yum!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Spagehtti sauce. The recepie has been handed down 3 generations. It's one that has never been written down. You learn to make it with someone in the family who knows it. There are no measuring spoons or cups. Everything is "Now, take a smell/taste/look". The "apprentice" cook gets several hands on lessons before getting to make the sauce under "supervision". It's usually a big deal to present the "solo" effort.
My cooking triumphs
The day I proved to my now husband I *really* did know how to cook. *LOL* I whipped up a meal from scratch for a father's day, complete with last minute "invented" cream sherry sauce for the baked pears. I was out of ingredients for whiskey butter sauce and had to improvise. My husband is a professional chef. Needless to say, he was impressed. We've been combining knowledge and skills ever since.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at Breakfast cookies! *LOL* I knew that following the recepie verbatium was a mistake. Something about the ratio of butter to the other ingredients made me believe it wouldn't work. I was right, it didn't! Lesson learned, I compensated the next time and they were better!