I'm a good cook [I think "expert" is a little braggy but the only choice between intermediate & professional!] & I like to tinker around with recipes, so cooking is a big hobby [although I hate cleaning up!] I'm also a single grandmother working at a university & selling real estate on the side!
My favorite things to cook
I grill a really mean marinated steak. I do well with boneless chicken breasts and make a good teriyaki/asian country-style bone or boneless pork sparerib. I am the self-appointed queen of a "perfect" garlic-studded roast beef and boneless herbed pork roast.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I like to make a nice basil, white wine whole chicken in the crockpot, it feeds a crowd & really satisfies. My daughter loves my stove top mussels marinara. For a crowd I make a cheesy sausage mushroom baked penne with homemade creamy tomato sauce - its full of cheese, can't go wrong with it.
My cooking triumphs
I make a very simple sauteed boneless chicken breast similar to a chicken Piccata, but without flattening the chicken and using tarragon, basil, parmesan and italian breadcrumbs, it's considered my best dish. I've made another chicken dish similar to Chicken Cordon Bleu using gruyere & proscuitto - it's a lot of work so I make it for company, but again, rave reviews!
My cooking tragedies
I'm no baker!! I really screw up pies from scratch and don't like following recipes with numerous ingredients!