A little over a year ago I moved from Upstate NY to WA state. I am still getting us to things on 'planet Washington' I use to have a small cateering company and cake decorating business. Not sure if I will try to do it again. Meanwhile I just cook and bake to relieve stress.
My favorite things to cook
Love to try new things, chinese food, american dishes, cakes, desserts. I just got a new book about special desserts (the really fancy stuff) that I am thinking of working my way through....one a week or so.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was a fantastic cook/baker and she taught me everything I love to do. Christmas was the best time of year. Between Thanksgiving and Xmas was bake cookie time. We made dozens for friends, neighbors, strangers :) I still have probably 200+ cookie cutters.
My cooking triumphs
Learning to make really good bread. I never tried it till recently and I love so many of the recipes I've found.
My cooking tragedies
Probably gravy. It's always hit or miss for taste and feel.