I have 5 kids ages 6-12 yrs so EVERYTHING I make must be 'quick&easy'.
I don't have time for anything too convoluted. Also, living in Egypt
has required me to learn to make a lot of things I took for granted in
the US such as brown sugar, sour cream, etc.
My favorite things to cook
I love vegetable dishes of any sort. Living in the vegetation capital of the Middle East and North Africa, we have all sorts of fresh vegetables to choose from. Also, I love to make soups from scratch.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Oversalting food! ha. My mom almost always "undersalted" and so my dad and sisters and I would add salt as we walked by the kitchen when she wasn't looking. A couple of times we must have all done it on the same day, as the family blood pressure reading was off the charts and dinner inedible!
My cooking triumphs
I have learned to make my own clarified butter from buffalo milk, yogurt, brown sugar, and french bread in the last 6 years, all out of necessity.
(No Safeway around here.) It's been really interesting.
My cooking tragedies
I found recipe on here for lemon bars and made it exactly as the directions were written. It turned out to be a total waste of ingredients and time. It was the foulest thing I'd ever tasted!