Widow, mother, grandmother, author, opinionated, in no particular order....
My favorite things to cook
Organic, fresh, from scratch, REAL FOOD! If I can't pronounce it, I don't eat it or feed it to my family. I'm allergic to preservatives, MSG, and salt sensitive. Too many recipes posted here depend on instant flavorings and canned soup. I skip right over those, as they would kill me.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Real food prepared with love, from scratch. I use a lot of old family recipes passed down from ancestors, but I replace horrible things like shortening and margarine with real butter. I have an herb garden in my house and outside in summer. I also have a veggie patch. Real food...
My cooking triumphs
No convenience foods in my kitchen, ever. You won't find a single can of soup, or packet of dry soup mix. You won't find any seasonings laden with salt and/or MSG. None of my spices contain anti-caking agents. Fat is not our enemy. Sugar is, and that includes potatoes, white rice, and white flour--most wheat, actually.
My cooking tragedies
Gluten free. My daughter has Celiac, and I have tried to make gluten free buns for her that turn out more like torpedoes than buns. They're pretty funny. ;)