Learned to cook by trial and error. My Mom was an excellent cook but it made her nervous for anyone else to be in the kitchen so I can't give her credit for teaching me although I use many of her recipes to this day.
My favorite things to cook
Anything with chicken.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love letting my granddaughters help me cook. It's a tradition when I visit with them and they visit with me that we always cook something together. At ages 3 and 5, they can break an egg in a bowl without making a mess and measure flour and sugar. I have cute photos of them in my kitchen baking cookies.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 20 and everything turning out perfect.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I ever cooked a turkey I did not know there was a bag of parts inside and just cooked the turkey with all the stuff still in it. I don't think it changed the taste but I was teased for years after that.