Married 40+ years, 1 son. I come from a big family background of GREAT cooks. I've enjoyed cooking when I could get most anything I wanted to use, but I've probably cooked more creatively when I've had to be more frugal.
My favorite things to cook
Probably desserts of many types. And, I love putting together any special meal. I love cooking for anyone who enjoys eating.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making sweets and other goodies at Christmastime to share with friends & family...from dry soup mixes to nuts and everything in between.
My cooking triumphs
When I was about 12, my dad worked with a man who was single and said he missed having homemade pie. (By that time I'd mastered pie crusts and all kinds of fillings.)He PAID me to bake a pie for him every couple of weeks. My confidence in baking soared!
My cooking tragedies
The first meal I made after I was married...I made brown gravy. I had cooked beef & wanted nice dark brown gravy. Overcooked the flour/dripping mixture and boy was it brown and THICK. My husband thought it was a dish of chocolate pudding!!! There have certainly been others, but that was a real lulu!