I'm 30 years old and learned cooking from my Mother, Grandmother, Father and Brother. I may not be the as good of a cook as my older brother but I love it just as much and when he and I aren't discussing matters of a more significant nature our topic often sway towards food and recipes, we've recently tried or things we come up with on our own. I am constantly experimenting in the Kitchen and look at cooking as more of an art than a science but appreciate both aspects of it. That is to say, I am less likely to actually measure things or use a recipes than I am to just "go with it" admittedly that can be a little disastrous.
My favorite things to cook
What are my favorite things to cook? I like mixing up our family's secret (or at least it is until I post the recipe up here) cream cheese vegetable dip. I like *trying* too cook Asian food and I love firing up my charcoal grill and of course there is weekend breakfasts!!! Oh how I love getting up on Saturday and Sunday and fixing a delicious breakfast for myself or inviting my parents over. I've even tried make California Rolls (not for breakfast of course)... they are okay but never as good as the ones at the resturant.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandmother was the undisputed matriarch of our family until her demise many years ago. She started the majority of the cooking traditions that we carry on today (except the Salmon patties *gag*). She grew up as the eldest child of eight to a poor share cropping family in Dallas and Ellis County so there are a lot of Southern influences in our diet. After she passed away many of her cooking habits were divided up by her survivors. My Mother, Brother and Eldest Aunt are the "real" cooks in the family and I am just the brat that liked to put flour in Trix Cereal and Milk and make everyone try my delicious recipe... okay I was 7 when I did that.
My cooking triumphs
CHICKEN FRIED RICE!!!! IT WAS GREAT! I'll post the "recipe" after I make it again an actually measure things.
My cooking tragedies
Go with it and see what happens.