I'm 26 and learned to cook after I graduated from college (although I did a little light cooking throughout college). I love to cook and invent new recipes; it is a very natural activity for me.
My favorite things to cook
I really like to use fresh fruits and vegetables, and I recently started eating meat again. I'm a spice-collector (same goes for tea varieties). I also have a fondness for baking muffins and cakes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My Granny Val's potato salad is to die for, but it's a family secret! So are my mom's wild rice pancakes.
My cooking triumphs
Definitely the time I had friends over for a dinner party. I made bruschetta, spinach-artichoke dip, and curried yogurt dip as appetizers. The salad was mixed greens with dried cranberries, walnuts, brie, and vinaigrette (which will soon be online at allrecipes.com under the name Life is Bittersweet Salad). For the main entree we had spaghetti and red wine. And desert was individual-sized blueberry-coconut pound cakes with lemon-honey ice cream (equal parts by weight: Greek yogurt w/ honey, homemade lemon curd, creme fraiche). (Unfortunately, most of those recipes are not my own, so they're not on allrecipes.com!)
......In all fairness, my best friend helped me out with the cooking that day.
My cooking tragedies
I'm really horrible at getting pancakes and french toast to cook right on the griddle. They're always either burned on the outside or undercooked on the inside.