I come from a long line of people who are interested in food (on both sides of the family). My grandparents and parents are all excellent cooks. My father was a Chef in the Marine Corps and has awesome stories to tell about his experience with that. My husband and I enjoy cooking together and cooking for others. Seeing the joy on someone's face after cooking a meal for them is as good as giving any present. :-)
My favorite things to cook
My husband and I love making my family's pasta and meatball recipe (it's a secret family recipe - so you won't find it here!). We do pasta, meatballs (with sausage and potatoes in the sauce) accompanied by baked eggplant parmesan, a nice Italian salad and warm crusty Italian bread. We've made this meal most recently for our anniversary part and my husband's birthday party (about 20-30 people at a time). It's always a crowd pleaser.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite family cooking tradition is definitely holiday meals. Both sides of my family cook awesome holiday food. I very much look forward to it every year.
My cooking triumphs
Every time I cook a big meal and have the kitchen cleaned by the time the meal is ready - it's a triumph!
My cooking tragedies
Hmmm, frying chicken breast. I can never get the breading to stick. I'm sure the oil just isn't hot enough, but I'll probably get the hang of it eventually.