I grew up in the House of Bland Food, and when I started cooking for myself in earnest, it was all about flavor and spice.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts (any kind will do!), Soups, stir fry, anything that makes a lot and will last a few days. I eat leftovers a lot. Hence the name :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
We made spritz for Christmas. That was about all I looked forward to! Every few years my grandma would make a beef casserole that was really great. I have yet to pry the recipe off her.
My cooking triumphs
Impressing my husband's entire family with my desserts. No one in his family is a scratch baker! Also, getting the soup thing down pat, to the point of not needing a recipe. I like that.
My cooking tragedies
Chinese food. I can't read Chinese, so when the recipe called for certain things I had to guess what the labels on the jars said. I think I guessed wrong. I did learn a lot about how to cook tofu and cook in a wok during that experiment, though, so it wasn't all bad!