I cook because I enjoy good ingredients that are properly prepared. I've cooked for my family since I was 12 and have been told by people that I should drop whatever it is I'm doing with working on computers and go into the culinary business. I like to keep it just a hobby for now though.
My favorite things to cook
Pizza is my specialty. I can pull a from scratch pizza dough with sauce, cheese, and a single topping; out of the oven in 55 minutes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up on Salisbury steak in a brown gravy on egg noodles with green beans and corn. Or, spaghetti with a meat gravy. Or, PIZZA! I live in Texas so plenty of Tex-Mex as well.
My cooking triumphs
I was asked to baked 120 of my chocolate chip cookies for a social event. I looked over and saw one guy wrapping 7-8 cookies into a napkin. He stuffed them in his coat pocket for what was probably to be a late night snack. I've also made buffalo chicken wings on several occasions and actually had people tell me they love me after they ate a plate full and fell asleep.
My cooking tragedies
Usually when I just totally forget an ingredient. I'll cook up a storm and then I look and wonder why this doesn't look right and then I turn around and the one ingredient that makes the whole thing work is sitting right there on the counter and totally unused.