I have been cooking regularly and experimenting since I was 8yrs (I was born in 1985).
In my early cooking years I was known as a terrible baker, cooked just fine, but baked horribly, and rightly so I had this reputation, I almost vomited a few times from tasting my own creations.
I have always been a bit of a free spirit when it comes to cooking and very rarely follow recipes, except on things I have no experience in. Once I have mastered it, I come up with a recipes of my own. :)
My favorite things to cook
Hmmm That's a toughy. I love making soups and sauces probably the best b/c I think they allow the highest amounts of creativity and freedom. :) And Perogis, my families recipe. :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My still living grandma (91) makes polish food and has given me a love for it as well (I am half polish), she has passed her recipes down to us and I have spent time exploring Polish cuisine in general :) My mother and father having lived in LA before I was born, gave me a love of Mexican food and cooks it for family meals at time, and in turn gave me a love for it. I make home made tamales and rice. :)
Due to my food allergies I have created hundreds of my own recipes which I plan on passing down to my own children. :)
My cooking triumphs
I am not sure I have any specific triumphs.
My cooking tragedies
I have a lot of tragedies, some I also already told you. :) Almost burning the house down while making popcorn not once but twice is probably on the top of the list though. :D