I had no idea how to cook when I got married, and I've been practicing and learning ever since. I am American and my husband is Turkish, so I cook food from almost every ethnicity. I love the variety we have in our home. My mother-in-law and my friends have taught me a lot.
My favorite things to cook
Too many things to list.
My favorite family cooking traditions
There's a Turkish dish called Manti that requires helpers and takes some time, but everyone loves it and it's like a party at the table when you make it. It's basically Turkish ravioli. And nothing beats making breakfast together as a family. My favorite traditions always involve having people over to share the meal all together.
My cooking triumphs
Making successful Turkish dishes for the first time is very rewarding so I can give my husband a little taste of home. Manti (ravioli), Pogaca (pastry) and Sekerpare (little sugar cakes) took awhile to learn and now I'm an expert. It's been worth the effort. Now I also make Thanksgiving dinner every year for a crowd, every dish by myself and on the table hot at the same time. It's taken me many years to perfect it.
My cooking tragedies
Hahaha too many to list. You'll never get better if you don't fail -- and learn -- constantly. My biggest disaster was a dinner party where the chicken wasn't cooked through. Second to that a Thanksgiving where the turkey wasn't cooked! I've become pretty obsessed with meat thermometers after those disasters.