I grew up in a large family (both parents & 8 siblings). Our neighbors were in the same type of situation, but had a total of 8 offspring. With this 'population', I started cooking and baking in about 3rd or 4th grade. My mother did not have great interest in cooking/baking variety, but my grandmother and the mom next door did. I collected recipes from them. Now, I have 3 of my own boys who are grown. I still have 2 of my grown sons living at home, as well as my hubby, and my mother-in-law...all of whom like food. I use "allrecipes" when I want fresh ideas.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make in one dish meals, or at least one main dish in my crockpot/slow cooker. I like a good marinade. And depending on the weather, I will either grill or use my George.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Traditions...ummmm...My middle son, who is married, likes spicy and chicken. My husband and his mom like beef & pork. My youngest son is extremely picky, but likes shrimp and only bar-b-q'd meats (or at least meat that bar-b-q sauce can be added). The only tradition I suppose I have is holiday dinners where I will be making anywhere from 1 main meat dish to 3. I suppose not having a real "cooking tradition" makes it even more interesting. :)
My cooking triumphs
I feel very comfortable throwing things together or not measuring exactly. I have gotten to the point where I can 'eye' things quite well for our tastes. So, even though it is not much, I would consider that a 'triumph'. I suppose another might be that I've ever burned or dried anything out. Does this count?
My cooking tragedies
The only thing I can recall being a 'tragedy' is...when I was in about 5th grade, I baked my grandmother's "Never Fail Cake". And guess what, yep, it failed. It was a double layered round cake, and both layers together were MAYBE 1/2 inch tall. The recipe was complex and took forever for me to do, but even though I was frustrated, my mother still liked it :) Go figure.