My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother's family is from Michigan, with Dutch and English heritage, so we have the classic midwest cooking tradition, the best pot roasts, corn chowder and homemade breads you'll ever eat. We all have our Christmas specialties, but nothing beats the English Plum Pudding that grandma makes each year, I've had to privilege of helping her a couple of years and nothing beats that.
My dad's mother was from Tennessee, and from her I also have a great southern cooking edge. She's gone now, and unfortunately most of her specialties are irreplaceable, namely her perfect pie crust and Christmas tea ring. We still have her stuffed cabbage and southern fried chicken. Best of all will always the chicken and dumplings, which we still attempt to recreate, seemingly always in vain.
My cooking triumphs
I seem to be good at cooking, and I count everything as some sort of triumph, still better than the last attempt.
My cooking tragedies
For every triumph, there is a tragedy. Usually, thankfully, the food still tastes great, it just doesn't look as good as I might have hoped.