I grew up on pork chops and apple sauce. As an adult I am a much more adventurous eater and cook, thanks to my husband's influence. However, I like cooking with easily available ingredients and with recipes that are simple. I like a clean kitchen with ambiance, like music and candles when I cook. I miss my previous kitchen and am still trying to create that in my current one. Although I really like Midwest comfort food, Thai food is my favorite :)
My favorite things to cook
To start, I like pasta! I like making Chicken Thai Peanut (with rice noodles), spaghetti & meatballs, angel hair with garlic sauce, a few veggies & shrimp, chicken alfredo, chicken enchiladas, pulled pork sandwiches, beef orange stir fry, salisbury steak & mashed potatoes...
My favorite family cooking traditions
I really have no cooking traditions? Other than ideally when I make supper I like having music and candles going. Or I used to watch Martha while I made lunch (when I had a small TV in my kitchen).
My cooking triumphs
I am told my chicken enchiladas are really good. I modified a recipe from a friend.
I think the method used for cooking meat makes all the difference in a recipe. That is a hard skill to learn...how to bring the best flavor out of meat. Knowing when to saute, braise, broil, grill or roast, and what oil and spices to use...and not over cooking it.
My cooking tragedies
Nothing specific comes to mind, but over cooking meat in a main dish or serving soggy vegetables is a tragedy.