Looking forward to retiring in late 2011.
Foodwise, I'm diabetic, as is my husband. However, he also has a bunch of foods he's medically intolerant of (the docs won't say he's allergic because eating the foods don't kill him): anything with soy (flour, bean, lecithin, oil, etc.), most dry beans, all cabbages (including broccoli and cauliflower), and a few other things. Just for the soy, eating out or grocery shopping is either almost impossible or a long process!
My favorite things to cook
Chocolate Ovaltine cake
My grandmother's Vegetable Soup
My grandmother's Maude S. Cake
My favorite family cooking traditions
Mom teaching me to make porcupines (meatballs with rice) when I was 8.
Mom's split pea soup on Xmas Eve.
Dad going on a fresh-fruit milk-shake kick one summer -- the oddest one was watermelon, and the cantaloupe one was pretty good. He also made horrid pancakes to start every new year!
My uncle's bar-be-ques.
My aunt's chicken and (home-made) noodles.
Mom used to make animal shape birthday cakes for me, until she was vacuuming excess toasted coconut for the reindeer head-shaped cake, and vacuumed up one of the black licorice antlers!
My cooking triumphs
Continuing to make lasagne after my first (now ex-) husband put ketchup on it before he even tasted it! [I never made it for him again!] (I guess this was more triumph over tragedy!)
My cooking tragedies
My mother always cooked very moist scrambled eggs. Dad preferred dry scrambled eggs, as did I. I found a recipe that was perfect, and when trying it for my folks the first time (I was maybe 14), I added TWICE the amount of salt. Dad still preferred my scrambled eggs, so I always made them from then on! Mom made superb, always PERFECT poached eggs though.