The extent of my cooking while growing up (with my dad) consisted of Hamburger Helper meals, so as an adult I had to teach myself to cook "real" meals. Having a husband as a meat-eater can be a bit of a challenge (I've been a vegetarian for 20+ years), so I'm often searching for recipes that will satisfy us both.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer relatively simple/quick recipes and love any dish with black beans in it, as well as fresh garlic. I enjoy baking in the winter and absolutely love chocolate chip cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother and I used to bake pumpkin pies together at Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, since we had family gatherings of up to 30 people. Now that she's gone, I am finally making them on my own.
My cooking triumphs
Still working on that!
My cooking tragedies
I can't think of anything specific other than burning rice occasionally, but everyone used to tease me because I didn't cook at all several years ago. Thanks to this website (and the reviews/suggestions), I can finally be proud of what I cook.