Mid thirties... Married since '93. Two wonderful girls. Stay-at-home mom. Had gastric bypass surgery 9/08. Trying to learn new ways of cooking for the family now that my health requires special attention to details (like lo-carb, sugar-free, & NO breads.
My favorite things to cook
Family dishes like grilled chicken, roast beef, pork, etc. I love to create tasty vegetarian dishes to show others you don't always have to have meat to complete a satisfying meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Normally I hate to bake, BUT I love to bake cookies with my kids at Christmas time. We bake several dozen of different varieties to give to families & staff at our church.
I also love to cook camp-style around an open fire with my hubby. Its about the only time he'll cook anything on his own.
My cooking triumphs
Like I said, not much of a baker... but I love a great challenge. Once I baked a special chocolate cake (Deep Dark Mocha Torte - Kraftfoods.com) for my nephew's birthday and misread the directions. It was a terrible failure. Even though the specialty ingredients alone cost about $25, I baked another one right away to make up for the botched one. :) Everyone raved about that triple chocolate layer cake.
My cooking tragedies
I'm not much of a recipe follower. I mainly use published recipes to give me ideas of my own to customize things to my family's taste/preference. Soooo, that said, I once made a chicken dish that was so bad the dog wouldn't even eat it. It was edible, but no one would have eaten that creation unless they were stuck on a deserted island.