I'm divorced but during 32-years of marriage we had 22 foster kids, so always had a big family to cook for. I grew up baking & cooking in my Grandmother's bakery/restaurant starting at 8-1/2 yrs. old. I'm almost 64 & my roommate & good buddy is 70. We're both real foodies, but not necessarily gourmet - just good food cooked and seasoned well.
My favorite things to cook
Desserts of all kinds. I like to steam/saute every kind of veggie, and/or roast them. I don't have a large grill, but love my cast iron grill pan which is about our fav way to cook most of our meat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I specialized in making all the cream and chiffon pies in my Grandmother's bakery. She was better at the fruit pies, but now I've got them down too. Her $10,000 cake is just the best, & most successful of my cakes.
My cooking triumphs
Finally making a traditional, old-fashioned apple pie that was as perfect as my Grandmother's.
My cooking tragedies
I had trouble when I was younger with fruit pies. They were either too juicy and wet, or too dry. Took me a long, long time to attain that perfect syrup in fruit pies.