I learned to cook from my Hungarian mother and grandmother, and professional baker grandfather. I still relish the traditional dishes that I grew up with. However, living in Texas is a very different animal from the northern U.S. I have adapted my chili to reflect my evolution into a Southern inhabitant. Also, even though I detested spicy foods as a kid, I now try to add something derived from hot peppers to many dishes that I make.
My favorite things to cook
Chili, pizza, pies, cakes, anything new and different (my ADHD kicking in!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
German Christmas cookies, pizza on the weekend, carrot cake for my Dad's birthday, apple pie for my birthday.
My cooking triumphs
My cooking tragedies
I do not make a good dinner. I can handle one dish meals or a main dish with a salad, but more than that and things start to crash into failure.