I'm a middle-aged Midwestern country guy who has had the good fortune of experiencing the creativity of many good cooks and chefs in many places over the years.
My favorite things to cook
A wide range, from stick-to-your-ribs Midwestern family traditional fare to low-sugar/low-fat, quick-and-easy, "food is love", and creative cooking for occasions when eight dinner guests have eight different food allergies or food dislikes!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My maternal grandmother used to literally "cook for threshers" (e.g., cook a LOT of food to feed a LOT of people simultaneously), and my paternal grandmother was a cook who had a gift for mixing "just right" by just measuring by eye or by pouring into the palm of her hand. My mother has always said that food is good when it's "hot and filling". And I have many friends from different background who are gifted in the kitchen. My food is a fusion of them all!
My cooking triumphs
Fruit glace' pies, soups, salads, and casseroles, chiefly. But my real triumphs: having a handful of ingredients on hand and making something that has family and friends saying, "THIS is GOOD!"
My cooking tragedies
During a winter storm with little on hand but pie crust, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese--I created "quiche on a stick". Ew. Not to mention forgetting to take skin off chicken before grilling once, serving "incinerated chicken". Learn from the mistakes! :)