My favorite things to cook
Gosh! There are so many, I'm not sure where to begin. I try not to fry things when I can bake them, like pork chops, though I love a nice tender steak rubbed with the Spade L Ranch seasoning. Breads, desserts, I like most vegetables when they're still a little crispy and not limp. I recently bought an old cookie book, and I've been having a great time trying out the different recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Definitely when the family gathers together for holiday meals. One of my sister-in-laws has the best recipe for stuffing! We do 2 crockpots of it, and my brother usually deep fries a turkey. There's nothing better than when the kitchen is full of women cooking, the men are watching the kids or outside, and then we all sit down and enjoy.
My cooking tragedies
About the only thing I still haven't mastered in basics is how to make a light and fluffy Hawaiian Sweet bread. My mom does the best I've ever tasted, but I still tend to stir it too much before baking...