I have been married for 8 years and am a mother to 2 little boys. I work full time as an ER nurse/flight nurse but still want to serve food that is good but fast, fast, fast. My husband is in the Navy so we move frequently, which allows us to sample true regional dishes.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake--casseroles, cookies, cakes, etc. My favorite meal that I make is probably chicken parmesan. My husband's favorite dessert is white chocolate macadamian nut cookies or fudge brownie tart.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pot luck dinners. My whole family is around 75 people. Most of us get together around Christmas time. Everybody brings one dish. I'm usually in charge of the cranberry sauce and turkey gravy. I love sampling all the different recipes and getting new ideas for my own family. My cousin and I will usually get together and make around 5 different kinds of cookies too. Christmas is truly my favorite time of the year.
My cooking triumphs
Two things come to mind: 1. when I finally found the meatloaf recipe that my husband said was just like his grandma's and 2. when my husband told someone that I make some things better than his mom.
My cooking tragedies
I was making Carolina B-B-Q in the crock pot for friends and forgot to turn it on. Friends showed up and I had nothing to serve.