I'm "at home" for the first time in my life as of 2 years ago, when my husband's son came to live with us. I have always been able to cook and like to cook, but the amount I did was always limited since I worked full-time. Needless to say, I've been "honing my skills" the last couple years.
My favorite things to cook
My husband, stepson, and I all really like Tex-Mex and other spicy dishes. My family also likes roasted meats and casseroles. We all likes desserts, but I don't make as many because I have a hard time staying away from sweets. I like to experiment with fruit salads, because it's healthy and I can make just enough for one serving each with no leftovers.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family is German, and I'm from the Midwest, so I grew up with lots of GREAT German foods and also very hearty meat-and-potatoes type meals and casseroles. Everyone in my family is a good cook--no exceptions. I don't get to see any of my family much anymore, but the meals I ate in my childhood are still some of my favorites.
My cooking triumphs
My grandmother's and stepmother's German recipes apparently went to the grave with them. I didn't learn the recipes growing up, so I'm trying to find the recipes and learn them now. I was brave enough to attempt Rouladen (one of my childhood favorites) to take to a potluck! It was delicious and a great success! I have also mastered klups, which unfortunately I like much more than my husband and stepson.
My cooking tragedies
I honestly can't recall any true tragedies. However, my husband (who is usually not much opinionated about anything) informed me that he could go the rest of his life without ever eating tuna casserole again. :(