My cooking is greatly affected by my husband, who has a list of dislikes longer than likes. I on the other hand, will eat just about anything, from any region of the world. Growing up, my mother cooked in repetition (my father was picky too) and every Monday was always spaghetti, Tuesday was always baked chicken, and so on. Now that I am on my own, I don't cook the same thing twice in the same month. I am always looking for a different recipe to try, and a new flavor to add to the table. Of course, my husband hates this and wishes I took after my mother. So, when I find something that he actually says he likes, I know that I have to add it to my recipe book - trust me, it doesn't happen very often. In the last 6 years I have created a small handful of new recipes, and have disappointed him about hundred times.
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook Italian and Mexican food - but I am trying to get my husband to let me cook more southern Asian and Middle Eastern foods. I also like to explore the other areas of the US's style of cooking.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking traditions spawn from my Great-Grandmother, who grew up cooking in a family of 17 kids. When my mother started learning how she cooked, she had to convert the recipes into modern measuring tools (instead of using tea-spoons and tea cups). I consider those recipes to be the greatest comfort food for me. Every time I follow her recipes I can feel her with me, and know that she would approve of the resulting product.
My cooking tragedies
Like most people, a great deal of the things that I try don't always come out the same way each time. I only claim to practice at cooking - like a doctor only practices medicine, that way when I make a mistake, I don't feel so bad.
The things that my husband forbids me from cooking include:
Black & White Pepper;
-- anything that creates "heat";
Mushrooms - (the only thing he's actually allergic to);
Tomato Sauce in excess;
Sweet & Sour anything;
Adding moisture to any dessert;
Anything squishy or soft...