I'm a yoga poet geek in small(ish) town Texas. I'm (mostly) vegetarian, and am into natural/organic foods. Right now (Sept 2007) I'm training to walk a half-marathon in Dallas in December.
My favorite things to cook
I looooove baking...esp., quickbreads, muffins, cakes, etc. I also love finding creative veggie dishes, and figuring out ways to spice things up (I love me some curry).
My favorite family cooking traditions
Baking...definitely! I come from a looooong line of wonderful southern cooks. My mom can bust out biscuits in a blink, and my grandmother makes a mean sweet-potato pie.
My cooking triumphs
Hmmmm...they're related to Thanksgiving. First (and only) traditional Thanksgiving I did on my own, I completely winged it based on what I saw my mother do as I grew up, and it turned out fabulous, with a few surprise guests.
The second is the making of a vegan tofu-based "turkey" for my brother. He's no longer vegan, but we loved that fake turkey (I got the recipe from here).
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm...first time I mashed sweet potatoes, I was heavy handed with the ginger (I love me some ginger). I liked it...everyone else hated it. And once I decided to try making cookies with crushed cinnamon disks in them...a sticky mess.