I started cooking when I was about 10. Have been inspired by my mother and grandparents (Jewish) and my wife and her family (Filipino). Quite a contrast of cooking styles, and many things in between.
My favorite things to cook
Barbecue, homemade pizza, bread and rolls, steak on the grill, lately more fish to control cholesterol, especially salmon.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I enjoy cooking anything for family and friends. I am known for cooking too much food at parties. The reason is because I want to make sure that everyone can find something that they like. So if we have a BBQ theme, I will cook brisket, chicken, sausage, and ribs. Kind of like going to an all you can eat buffet!
My cooking triumphs
My brother-in-law asked me to cater his wedding. Not being a professional chef, it was quite a challenge cooking for over 100 people and keeping everything piping hot until serving time. Everything came out great!
My cooking tragedies
I can't remember anything specific, but I have tried things that didn't turn out good. I either adjust the recipe or don't make it again. Nobody's perfect, except for Emeril Lagasse! :o)