I've been cooking since before I started school. Gramma got to me early! My Mom would make a dish and say, "Cher, fix this..." (usually needed seasoning.) When my toddler and hubby want 2nds, I did good! I like surprising myself with what I can create. I hate following the directions. Recipes can ALWAYS be tweaked!
My favorite things to cook
Anything that doesn't make it to leftovers, and anything that uses as few pans to wash as possible...but that never goes as planned!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gramma's spice cake. At least an 80 year old family recipe. Also we are addicted to brown sugar pie (an old "hillbilly" family recipe-that took me about 20 years to get right!) and my "Oh, my god, that's chocolatey" brownies.
My cooking triumphs
PERFECT brown sugar pie!
Spice cake where the raisins don't sink.
Figuring out my Gramma's "tricks" and recipes.
My cooking tragedies
20+ years of brown sugar pie. Breads in general and about half the time, any meat besides roasts and loafs.