My favorite things to cook
I'm still learning... but I love the outcome of Paula Deen-style recipes. Mediterranean, French and Italian are all styles I love and have been working on.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family didn't cook a lot... however, I was taught how to make an incredible Tomato Mozerella Caprese, a gorgeous Cioppino and a simple Shrimp recipe (sauteed in butter, garlic, fresh lemon juice, tabasco and s+p). Beyond that, I need to get my father to teach me how to make his Veal Scallopini, Veal Marsala and Steak Diane. They're all fabulous.
My cooking triumphs
Since I've been cooking for over ten years there aren't any huge stand outs. I'm always excited when something that I'm not sure of comes out both beautiful and of 'noise-making' quality. That's how I judge the outcome... if it's not just me making yummy sounds throughout the meal.
My cooking tragedies
Too many to count... again, nothing stands out. Although, stupidest mistake - when I first made Cioppino it was the first time I worked with clams. I didn't realize that you DO NOT REFRIDGERATE them or THEY WILL DIE. Overall, most of my tragedies were a result of the recipe I chose to make. A lot of recipes that you get in magazines can very easily be cruddy (even when following them to a tee). Cook's Illustrated is my favorite magazine - because I know that there is no way in hell the recipe will come out poorly IF I follow the directions. This website is great, too - because you have plenty of people giving you their feedback on these recipes.