I started learning how to cook when I was about 9 or 10, mostly because both of my parents worked full time, and I didn't like to eat cereal for breakfast. My mom then made us kids a deal that whoever cooks didn't have to clean up afterwards, which was when I started to learn to cook full meals.
My favorite things to cook
Breakfast burritos, chicken, barbeque ribs, shrimp, pasta, cookies, pretty much anything else that I can afford to do.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Sausage sandwiches, barbeque ribs, meatloaf, goolash, stuffed bell peppers.
My cooking triumphs
Carving two huge watermelons into bowls to hold different fruits for my sister's wedding; cooking an awesome Father's Day meal of ribs for my boyfriend's dad who was visiting from Tennessee; making about twenty pounds of pasta salad for another wedding.
My cooking tragedies
Mother's Day 2005: My boyfriend wanted me to cook steak for his mother, but then the whole family decided to show up so he got bottom round steak (he was on a budget). Never having cooked it before, I treated it like I would any other steak. That was a disaster! It was tough and took about twice as long to cook. Actually, I don't want to talk about it anymore!