I'm a Navy wife of 25 years, so we move around quite a bit...have lived everywhere from Scotland to Guam, with a number of places in between. Most recently Hawaii, but now in Georgia.
I love to draw and paint, and keep meaning to get disciplined enough with that to actually start trying to do it semi-professionally, but that hasn't happened yet. In the meantime, we love to entertain, so I do a lot of cooking, often for large groups.
My favorite things to cook
Anything and everything! Since my reportoire before getting married consisted of scrambled eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches, I first learned the basics by watching Julia Child, and my cooking still tends toward the French.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Not really a traditionalist, but my husband would definitely put Thanksgiving on the list, and the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner which my parents always made. Personally, I'd just as soon have these whenever the mood struck, and not feel obligated to make them just because a certain date rolled around.
My cooking triumphs
Probably some of the parties we have had, where I made all the food from scratch for 50+ guests (typically around a dozen various appetizers/entrees plus salads and 5 or 6 different desserts).
My cooking tragedies
My husband still claims to be traumatized after my first attempt at linguine and clam sauce back in 1985...Lots of failures of various proportions since, though. Even stuff I make on a regular basis sometimes just doesn't cooperate.