Growing up with two picky eaters in the family (my father and sister), food was always delicious but variety was low. I'm not a sophisticated chef, but I heed the advice to "approach love and cooking with reckless abandon." I'm always trying something new, and it's pretty rare that, leftovers aside, we have the same meal twice in a month. I'm especially fond of recipes that are cheap, healthy, and don't involve using canned soup or jarred this, that or the other - I like everything as from scratch as possible. One dish wonders are my absolute favorite - come on, you know you don't like to clean up more than one pot either!
My favorite things to cook
Anything I can use my Le Creuset dutch ovens/cookware to make. I'm a HUGE Le Creuset snob, and luckily have a family that is willing to support my cassis colored habit (when sales roll around).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chocolate Chip Cookies, The Very Best Meatloaf in the World (I'll never share the recipes to either of those, btw).
My cooking triumphs
My very first stuffed holiday Turkey was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! It was a 16 lb mammoth because that was the smallest thawed turkey I could find the night before company rolled in. People are still talking about it a year later, it was that good.
My cooking tragedies
Hummus :(. It seems so simple, but I've been too ashamed to retry after my decidedly epic fail.