I'm a wife, mother to 3, only daughter, and sister to 4.
I have no formal cooking training beyond 1 semester of Home Ec. in 7th grade, I chose to work with tools after that. I wasn't about to be stuck cleaning while the boys got to go play.
I married and had children young, at first I watched a lot of cooking shows and enjoyed learning new methods and styles. I don't have time for that now, but have been enjoying Masterchef and Take Home Chef.
We have some special dietary needs that can be a struggle to work around, and sometimes feeding my family gets really tiresome, so I keep trying to come up with new and exciting things to try and help reduce the monotony of the same tried and true dishes on a small rotation.
Our family food budget has been cut recently. I'm enjoying cooking more from scratch. My son was floored when he found that we're saving $40 a month just by baking our own bread.
Allrecipes.com is my favorite reference when a craving or inspiration strikes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake, I love sweet and salty combinations, and I love to make things that my kids enjoy, especially when it's good for them!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in an extended family that frequently had potlucks, and often there was a playful competitive undertone. Who made the best dish? Who brings the latest trend to the table? Who introduces something amazing?
In that spirit I love trying new things and new foods, but I try not to make it a competition. I fully admit that sometimes I make flops, I wouldn't change that because it brings a new drive for me to figure out what went wrong and to do better next time.
I'd like to hope that the family traditions have evolved in a way that it's now everybody pitches in and everybody enjoys the fruits of our collective labors.
My cooking tragedies
There is the time that I pulled crumbled sausage from the freezer and threw it into a pasta sauce, only to find out that it had been breakfast sausage... Always taste your dishes!