I was born and raised in Tenessee, I have been cooking ever since my grandmother would let me help her (it was either that, or go crazy from the sounds of my begging). I've yet to give anyone food poisoning, though my love of the exotic has given a couple heartburn. ;)
My favorite things to cook
My absolute favorite food is Moroccan, and I don't get to make it enough. It's just fantastic stuff.
I'd also like to learn more about Middle Eastern cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The candies and desserts that my Mema (aka, grandmother) always makes for Christmas. Her house would be so full of sweets, I'm amazed I still have teeth. Actually, I always loved to help my grandmother cook-- she uses very simple, Southern recipes with few spices/seasoning-- but everything she makes is just so damned good.
My cooking triumphs
Every time I make a dish and manage to not completely ruin it, I see that as a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
Well, there was this one time.... I had this great seasoning for making blackened salmon, and I decided that, well, it should be okay to make that indoors!
It took a good couple of hours to get rid of all the smoke in the house. But the salmon was great!