I own a copy of Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking"....though I have yet to actually attempt any of the recipes it contains. :)
I am sharing this shameful piece of information because I think it explains me as a cook. I aspire to create something impressive, but time and money (or rather, a lack of both) keeps my kitchen stuck in the time-honored "Better Homes and Gardens" binder cookbook. I try to keep a vegetarian kitchen mostly, but occasionally my very non-vegetarian husband will request (code for "beg for") meat.
My favorite things to cook
Eclairs; My mother's "Spotted Dog" (bread pudding); Homemade soups; Cakes, cookies, and just about any other sweet treat that requires baking....
My cooking triumphs
In my early teens, I dicovered that I have a talent for French pasteries (eclairs, creme brulee, etc.).
My cooking tragedies
I once tried a breaded pork chop recipe that was doomed to fail from the start, because whoever wrote it obviously had some weird taste buds. I should have listened to my instincts and stopped when I read the main ingriedient for the sauce was chive and onion cream cheese....YUCK! My dear husband somehow swallowed two bites before I shouted "I know! Just stop eating, because it is too painful to watch. Throw this away, and I'll go get a pizza." LOL