Came from Texas and married a Missourian. Her taste don't even come close to matching mine. I like cornbread and pinto beans. She likes greenbeans and hamhocks. I like cajun, she likes american and some mexican. She likes crablegs and I like shrimp.
My favorite things to cook
Tacos, but I make a cinnamon sauce that I really like.
My shells are flash fried and are limber.
BBQ, brisket and pork butt, and ribs. Make my own dryrub. All sauce is Kansas City style (tomato base)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Probably Xmas or Thanksgiving with the whole family over. Feed about 12 to 15. Ham or Turkey with all the fixings.
My cooking triumphs
I make a basic cheesecake that melts in the mouth and is so good. I use a 10" springform pan. It is pretty large cheesecake. Never last long though.
My cooking tragedies
I do a lot of canning, tomatoes and such. When I do, I make a mix of 1/2 sugar and 1/2 salt and put it in a bowl. I add 1 tsp of the mix to the jars as I am lidding off.
Later my wife was cleaning up the kitchen and poured the mix, about a cupful, back into the sugar bowl.
Next day she wanted me to make a cheese cake for her to take to her work. Someone's birthday.
22 people took one bite and said it was great. HA, trying to be nice I guess. She brought the rest home and then I got a taste. UUUGH
She said it was OK, she didn't like them anyway. She soon quit.