I'm a divorced baby-boomer, mother of 4, GM of 2 (soon to be 3!). Although born in the frozen north, I've lived in Dallas, Texas, for the past 23 years.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was a kid growing up in Minnesota, we always had oyster stew at midnight on New Year's Eve, and I still enjoy that. I usually prepare Julia Child's rosemary/mustard coated leg of lamb each Easter, and for years, I've had a complete Thanksgiving menu, including Julia Child creamed onions, that none of my kids allows me to alter. I wrote a family cookbook in 1985, and I'd recommend doing that for anyone who loves to cook.
My cooking triumphs
A couple of light years ago, when I was a bride, I didn't know how to boil water. I needed a cookbook where the first sentence of every recipe read: "Face the stove!" But this was in the early '70's, during Julia Child's PBS heyday, and I was determined to learn to cook. One night, I decided to surprise my husband with a showy dinner. When he came home and asked what was cooking, I said trimphantly, "A cheese souffle!" Of course, he knew what a novice at cooking I was. "Isn't that hard to make?" he asked diplomatically. "Gee," I said, "I don't think so!" What I didn't know hadn't hurt me. To my delight, the souffle was beautiful to look at, and properly high, and it tasted delicious, too. It's still a family favorite.
My cooking tragedies
No real tragedies, but I once made a chocolate souffle/chocolate meringue cake following a recipe in Gourmet Magazine for a friend's 30th birthday. While the cake in Gourmet was beautiful, and about 8" high, my cake resembled the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and could easily have been a couple of feet high, if I'd continued to build it. It tasted great, though.