I grew up in a family of 6 kids. Both of my parents cooked for us, but I always liked my dad's cooking better. He liked to try new things.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that my family enjoys! Mostly I like to cook using organic meats since they have more intense, pure flavors that are not masked by excessive fat content. We know a rancher who raises all organic beef and pork and my family hunts so we have a great variety of meets to choose from.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Favorite traditions whould have to be the list of cookies that my mom always made at Christmas time. I try to add a few new items each year, but it's not Christmas without the tried and ture favorites like chocolate mint sandwich cookies and my grandma's divinity.
My cooking triumphs
Cheesecake! I don't think I've ever ruined a cheesecake.
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at pie curst. I ended up burrying it in the back yard, fearful that my dad would see the mess I'd made and the waste of all the ingredients. That night, our dog dug it up and proceeded to bring it onto the back deck to try to consume while we were eating dinner just inside. I was exposed but did not get into trouble since I'd followed up my mistake with a successful apple pie.