My favorite family cooking traditions
Every Christmas, we pick a different theme for the meal. One year we did Mexican food - we had everything from fajitas to tamales to cheese enchiladas. Once we did a barbecue style dinner, so we had everything from mashed potatoes and baked beans to smoked brisket and cheesecake.
My cooking triumphs
I pulled off Christmas dinner for seven. I'd never cooked for more than one person before - and certainly nothing more complicated than Hamburger Helper. I was the most proud of the cheesecakes, which came out almost exactly like I'd hoped they would.
My cooking tragedies
I once managed to set a Hot Pocket on fire in the microwave. No. Really. Even now, a decade later, nobody can explain exactly how that happened.