When my children were small I think I was stressed about cooking. Over the years I've come to the conclusion that if you like to be creative in the kitchen then a certain amount of stress will follow. If you think of cooking as a creative output, sometimes you are going to be extremely happy with the product, other times not so much. I suppose as I have grown to be comfortable in my own skin, I have also become comfortable with my cooking skills. I enjoy creating and experimenting with new foods. I rarely go back and fix a recipe a second time b/c there are so many new ones to try! If you ask me for a recipe I made for you 20 years ago I am not likely to remember it.
My favorite things to cook
In recent years I've discovered creative ways to use fennel, kalmata olives, shitake mushrooms and artichokes. Beef tenderloin & pork tenderloin have so many different ways to prepare! Salmon, scallops & cod are delicous additions to a menu. More to learn, more to discover!
My favorite family cooking traditions
That is interesting question to ponder. So many new chef's with new cookbooks & recipes. I rarely go back and cook anything a second time! Beef brisket prepared Mid-west style is the closest to a tradition I can think of...slow cooked with bbq smoked flavor!