I grew up in a family that was passionate about cooking and it rubbed off. I love eating good food and sharing good food with others. I love convincing people that they really don't hate foods that they think they do (fish, mushrooms). My opinion is that there are very few bad foods, just bad ways of preparing them.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that my guests will enjoy. I especially love cooking with mushrooms and experimenting with new flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My brother recently commented on our last family christmas that he disliked how every meal had such good food because he felt like it dimished his capacity to enjoy it. I think that's a good thing.
My cooking triumphs
When someone puts something in their mouth that you made and their eyes get that glazed over look, like they were expecting the ordinary and now experiancing the extraordinary. It hard to catch this between all of the tipid comments you get about half way good food, but when you see experiance it its almost religous
My cooking tragedies
One time I tried to make a deep dish pizza for a date. We ended up getting Papa Johns afterwards.