I've been cooking for my wife and our friends for 30 years. I rarely use a recipe so she is always after me to write down what I cook so I can do it again. Me I'm happy to make something a little different every-time I cook.
My favorite things to cook
My favorites are a few things I do pretty well: chili, crab cakes, stir fry, apple pie, chicken and dumplings, ribs, and pork loin.
My favorite family cooking traditions
The one and only thing I fry is chicken, once or twice a year we splurge and have fried chicken, mashed taters, gravy and lima beans. Her favorite meal. Also for twenty plus years I've made her a pizza on Sunday night searching for the ultimate dough, sauce, topping combination, a work in progress.
My cooking triumphs
I won a chile cook off......... the other contestant wasn't much of a cook in all fairness. ( - :
My cooking tragedies
Too few to mention, when I hear things like "hum, interesting or different" I just try something else next time.