I'm in sales and very busy, but I cook to unwind. I really enjoy it and will often have the breadmaker, slowcooker, oven and KitchenAid going at the same time. My other hobbies are reading, working out, fashion and music music music :-) My husband is a musician so its a very big part of our life. I also volunteer for a great organization called co-abode (co-abode.com), and have very recently taken up photography.
My favorite things to cook
comfort food unfortunately (hence the gym hobby!). I like making homemade soups from scratch and LOVE making bread. I'm not a big can opener type but sometimes easy is a great thing (if it tastes good!). I get a lot of satisfaction from creating meals from scratch. Right down to the sauces, using fresh herbs, etc. I make my own tortillas for mexican food. That kind of thing. I'm currently trying to perfect a pizza for my picky argentine husband!
My favorite family cooking traditions
my mom is a great cook. Its very hard to live up to her :-) We don't have too many traditions though. She always made everything, and we always ate it! I had no idea how good I had it until about 2 weeks after I moved out. I didn't realize that the majority of food in this world tastes like crud. My mother spoiled me!
My cooking triumphs
Baking good bread, learning all the little tricks of breadmaking. Creating my first unique homemade soup that wasn't from a recipe. It was actually an idea that came to me while making Welsh rarebit, and its kind of a cross between that, and a parmesan onion soup that uses a roux. I might submit it someday. My husband still asks for it all the time which is the best possible compliment.
My cooking tragedies
my second loaf of bread ever. The Jalapeno Cheese massacre. Wheat bread flour, no vital wheat gluten, pulverized jalapenos and the disappearing cheese. I actually felt sorry for that poor little caved in loaf of nothingness. It never had a chance.