I'm a stay at home Mom and a Great Dane exhibitor (owner handler and occasional breeder). Back when I used to cook frequently, even taught cake decorating. The interest in cooking started while in elementary school with simple things like cakes, cookies, pound cake and cheesecake. These days I cook occasionally and look for quick and easy recipes that combine little work and time with great results overall.
My palate has broadened so much over the last couple decades thanks to an attitude of taste something before you decide you don't like it.
My favorite things to cook
Breakfast and dinner are the meals I generally cook but my personal favorites include baked items (cookies, cake, brownies, etc.) and desserts.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I love the food I grew up with -Mom's fried chicken, Aunt Ida's tamales, Grandma Ybarra's tortilla's and Grandma George's cream cheese pie or whatever you call it. Yum.
Growing up when I did exposed me to Mexican, German, Polish, Greek and many of the other tastes of America.
To me, a home made meal alone is a tradition and it doesn't get any better than that.
My cooking triumphs
I couldn't make fudge. The last time I attempted to make fudge like my Mom does it came out more like hot fudge, it didn't firm up. I have since found a quick and easy fudge recipe that requires few ingredients and little effort and provides great success which is only limited my my own creativity.
My cooking tragedies
Besides the fudge issue mentioned above?! I used to teach cake decorating and decided to make a gargoyle city night scape cake for my sons birthday one year. I created royal icing building sides and put them on cookie sheets to dry/solidify. I ran out of "safe" places to put the cookie sheets & opted to place a couple in the oven on racks. Unfortunately I forgot they were in the oven, turned on oven to preheat for the cakes and started smelling something sweet -cooking royal icing. Fortunately I managed to save it before it was too late.