Asian (Thai) mom, American dad, you do the guesswork. My thought on the secret ingredients in Thai food? Sugar, lime, fish sauce & garlic. I love most ethnic foods as well as the oh-so-good-for-the-tastebuds-but-not-so-good-for-the-waistline American/Americanized foods (i.e. Pizza, steak & taters). I have a sweet tooth and am a COMPLETE carb-a-holic.
My favorite things to cook
I love vinegary/tangy stuff.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom mostly made asian food (had rice almost every day growing up) but she also learned many Italian recipes as well as some Mexican and American. Ususally for a holiday, my mom would do the cooking and I would do the baking. But there were some things I just COULD NOT bake like her (like the orange or pumpkin bread) simply because I'm intimidated by yeast.
My cooking triumphs
French Apple Pie. Oh yes, and that yummy pot roast recipe I got from here (I think it's called Pot Roast in Foil, although I made it in the Crock Pot).
My cooking tragedies
Hmm....probably that clam chowder I tried to make back in high school. Yeah, it tasted funny and wasn't very chowdery...in fact I'll spare your appetite by NOT going into details.