My cooking is strongly influenced by the places I've lived: Texas, Florida and New Mexico. I'm a budgetarian and usually make only one or two meat dishes a week.
My favorite things to cook
Cuban, Korean, and New Mexican and Spanish/Mediterranean dishes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up on cast iron cooking. My late grandmother had a German-style vegetable garden at her house in the Ozarks. I've inherited a passion for canning home grown vegetables from her. I'm new to canning, and live in an apartment so I don't grow my vegetables -but I do jump on a chance to take a bulk of fruits and vegetables off of someone elses hands and experiment with recipes.
My cooking triumphs
Angel food cake (and most things involving whipped egg whites) were once tricky for me. I was also elated once I mastered hollandaise sauce and fruit curds.
My cooking tragedies
The first lasagna I made for my husband when we first got married. (It consisted of lasagna noodles, ground beef, Ragu pasta sauce and Velveeta). That's the only dish Hubby ever told me to not make again.