Actually I was born and raised in Russia, but since there is no option for your home town rather than one from the States, I chose the city I live in since I moved to the States.
Elementary school teacher by education, fiber art designer by choice, Reiki Practitioner since 2006, I love to experiment in everything I do - from designing to cooking.
My favorite things to cook
I love my native Russian cuisine, but also like diferent Italian dishes, Irish and some of Asian.
As to my favorite things to cook, I think they would be: fried potatoes Russian style, borsch, okroshka, deviled eggs, salad Mimosa, tort Napoleon (my Mom's recipe though).
My favorite family cooking traditions
One of the best memories about my family cooking traditions would be: traditional Russian pancakes with sour cream on Sundays, baked goodies with tvorog and home-made jams for Easter and New Years, and countless variations of salads for any kind of holiday. Now when I have my own family, we like to grill out with our friends (lots of veggies and some meat), I like to bake all kinds of cakes and cookies on weekends, and make some traditional Russian dishes during the holiday season.
My cooking triumphs
I think it would be my first ever Russian pancakes I made when I was about 9 years old. I was home alone and my friend came over, and we decided, that to have pancakes for lunch would be splendid idea. So I mixed the batter from scratch (always in our family!) and made them, and we took some of them for a "test" to an olderly lady next door. She said that they were "OK", but devoured both of the pancakes we took for her to try in just a few seconds. I thought then I was the best cook ever.
My cooking tragedies
I don't really remember many of my disasters, because I don't dwell on them. Whatever didn't turn out this time, will do better the next.