I was never really taught to cook, though a few of us picked it up from mom. I'm not sure that mom ever really loved to cook like I do, but she had a lot of kids to feed =)
I enjoy cooking for others and having them love it!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook soup, even though I refuse to eat most of them. Those I cook for tell me they're delicious! My favorite is making a soup completely from scratch, generally using a chicken or turkey carcass from that evening's meal.
I also enjoy canning - tomatoes, jams, etc. Finding end of the day cheap fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market means I can make a big batch of jam or vegetables for the winter =)
My cooking triumphs
I make a mean creme brulee and an impressive german chocolate cake! I can make some great main dishes too, but people usually believe that you had to slave over a great dessert (not true!)
My cooking tragedies
There are too many to list. I can't make gravy to save my life!