I've loved to cook ever since I was a child and I helped my parents in the kitchen. My mother taught me everything I know about how to (not) burn everything, and my father taught me all about how to stretch out meals to feed the family.
My favorite things to cook
I love cooking Italian food. My favorite would have to be pizza - it's just so much better when it's made from scratch with your own crust and your own special touch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making fudge together, passing the big pot around for everyone to help stir. There are a lot of much faster and easier recipes out there now that don't require so much hard work, but that always just sticks out in my mind.
My cooking triumphs
My first time cooking any kind of curry dish at all and I jumped right in with Indian Butter Chicken *and* Naan. Even without knowing much about the cuisine, it came out extremely well.
My cooking tragedies
There was the time I thought I should protect the top of some burgers I was broiling with some parchment paper ;). I was actually able to salvage them, though! I'll never make that mistake again - tin foil all the way!