I am really not that stressed! I work a full time job and am a mother of two school age children. I get a break from cooking on Wednesdays and we eat pizza! Almost year round, my dear husband grills our meat, so all I have to come up with are side dishes.
My favorite things to cook
My all time fave cuisine to cook is Italian. My husband loves Mexican though and enjoys eating it so much that I usually cook a Mexican meal at least once a week!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Chex Mix! My dad made killer Chex Mix in a big granite roaster when I was growing up. When I got married and moved away, he gave me that roaster (I think he was hiding another one somewhere). His recipe for Chex Mix uses lard (that is how old it is lol) Now in the 21st century, I use real butter not lard when I make it. YUM, it's not just for the Holidays anymore. My kids love it for breakfast.
My cooking triumphs
I consider it a triumph when the WHOLE family loves a dish I cook. I rate my recipes and only keep one when it gets a star from each family member!
My cooking tragedies
I made pretzels once. They turned out tasting ok but they had to cook in some concoction of baking soda and water. I used my favorite iron skillet, the baking soda boiled off all the seasoning from the inside of my skillet :( There were lil black flecks all over my pretzels! Haven't tried pretzels again.