Like most "good" cooks, I come from a family full of them. I began making dinner for my Dad, my sister & me at age ten when my Mom joined a Thursday evening bowling league. I don't think of cooking as simply preparing a meal; it's a creative art! Anyone who can read, can cook, but it takes an artist to be a great cook!
My favorite things to cook
Wow! I tried to think about this and my head nearly exploded! I love to make cinnamon rolls! Also love to prepare a good turkey dinner. I make a great (but simple) spaghetti sauce. Chicken divan and Cordon Bleu are also faves. I have my grandmothers Swedish meatball recipe that knocks all others out of the park. I guess my ultimate favorite is my crab-stuffed tilapia. That's always a winner!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I grew up in a Swedish family that seems to serve a lot of smorgasbord. It's evolved into a lot of non-Scandic foods over the years, but the idea is still the same: when you serve buffet style, you can mix and match lots of different types, tastes and textures. I love to cater buffets!!
My cooking triumphs
One comes immediately to mind: I recently tweaked an allrecipes "Anniversary Chicken II" recipe, even though I was making it for the first time. It turned out even better than I was expecting and since then, have been asked to make it over & over. I think that when people ask for a recipe for something you've made or when people specifically ask for something again: that's a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Some years ago, when we were both still living at home, my sister & I decided to surprise our parents with a Mexican dinner. This was before Mexican cooking was so popular and ingredients were scarce. We decided to start w/guacamole. Bought a couple of avocados that were a little hard. What did we know then? Tried to pulverize them in the blender. They just kept bouncing around in there; we kept pushing them back down with the end of the wooden spoon. Lesson learned: the best guacamole does not contain wood chips.