I learned to cook after my son told me he was making sweet and sour chicken for dinner. I asked him when he'd learned to cook. He said it was as soon as he had his own place, and it was purely in self defense. I decided I could learn to cook.
My favorite things to cook
I like slow cooker cooking. The oven is not generally my friend. I only get really dry and nasty stuff out of it. So I have three slow cookers for various sizes and multiple ingredients.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I didn't cook when I was raising my son (See above) He got ramen and hot dogs a lot. But I've learned to cook and I've gone back to a lot of the meals Mom made. Spaghetti, meatloaf, chicken and dumplings. Comfort food mostly.
My cooking triumphs
My greatest cooking triumph was learning to cook. Mom didn't teach me; she wanted a liberated daughter. I approached it with trepidation, at first rigidly following recipes, and then replacing ingredients or increasing them. I realized one day that I could cook and I was very proud of myself!
My cooking tragedies
I made zucchini bread with the recipe I'd always used. It sort of occurred to me as I filled the miniature bread pans that the batter wasn't very thick, but I was thinking about other things. A half hour later the smoke alarm went off in the kitchen. I went out to see what was wrong, and couldn't see, for the smoke. I turned the oven off and took the sticky masses of icky bread out of the oven and pried them out of the pans. The next year, I got out the bottle of flour again, and thought, that doesn't look right. It wasn't. It wasn't flour. It was powdered sugar!