My favorite things to cook
I suppose a cook's favorite things to cook would be their favorite thing to eat. In my case, that would be soups. Or maybe my potato recipes like potato pancakes or potato dumplings or potato soup.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I'm am always on the lookout to determine where our family recipes come from (some of them are kinda wierd people tell me). For instance growing up, Dad used to make a soup I could have sworn he called ribble soup which is sort of a vegetable soup with tiny, tiny egg dumplings. Then one day on a vacation with the wife, I'm looking for a souvenier cookbook as I tend to do and I find an Amish cookbook called "Soups from Amish and Mennonite kitchens". I flip through it and there is a recipe for 'Rivels' to add to several soups in the book. The recipe is the same one we use so I realize either Dad was saying it wrong (probably as his folks before him) or I'd been hearing him wrong all these years. So we must have some Dutch influence based on this and Grandma's thick accent.
My cooking triumphs
Beef Stroganoff and this delightful 'mock shrimp gumbo' recipe I'm putting the finishing touches on.
My cooking tragedies
Seems like the simpler a dish is ( and great tasting of course) the harder time I have getting it right. For example, I can't make a decent sausage milk gravy for biscuits to save my life. It seems simple but I've had it good and bad at restaurants, too. I've thrown out batch after batch to the point where I just order it out ocassionally from the places I know have the good stuff.