I wax and wane in my cooking "moods" but when I get in one: look out! I'll try anything that appears to be a challenge (or just really tasty). I'm pretty big into doing things from scratch as I like the control of what goes into my meal. Admittedly, I will buy the occasional frozen pie crust or will take a short-cut here or then when I'm in a hurry. Everything in moderation, right?
My favorite things to cook
Really depends on my mood and time of year. Thai Eggplant never gets old and I love prepping a good Thanksgiving dinner.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger my dad and I would always make our own BBQ sauce and slow-cooked ribs for New Years. That's a messy but great time!
My cooking triumphs
Making an awesome lemon meringue pie on the firs try is pretty high up there (thanks allrecipes-ers!). Also honing a thai eggplant recipe that is pretty killer.
My cooking tragedies
After preheating my wok on high for a while I went ahead a poured my sesame oil on the pan. Lets just say it's a good thing fire doesn't scare me. More funny than sad and a lesson learned.