I'd like to say my cooking level is expert but I'll just say above intermediate, lol. I became interested in cooking at age 12 as I did not like Mom's bland cooking. Of course I made some bad meals while learning! Even now in my 50's, I enjoy trying different recipes but usually change a bit to suit to my tastes or alter a cook method as to what I know works for me. I like experimenting with new recipes/ideas and reading other's reviews. I find great tips/tricks and input quite often. Since I'm measurement challenged, I find it near impossible to submit a recipe of my own or I would. My reviews are solely as an idea for others as to what worked better for me or due to what I had on hand - not to disrespect anyone's original recipes. I'm reviewing the submitted recipe with my own spin and if something doesn't turn out cuz I messed with it, I'm not about to leave a bad review. Felt that needed saying on my part as I see some ppl get kinda upset over others doing that.
My favorite things to cook
Most anything spicy with lots of flavor. Things I can easily change up to suit my own tastes. Hispanic, Comfort, Italian, Asian inspired, Greek and Southern or Cajun mostly.
Lately I've gotten into baking breads and cookies. Still can't seem to master a pie crust - boo!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Don't have any.
My cooking triumphs
Italian Beef Sandwiches (apparently it's a Chicago/Midwest thing). My recipe has been requested by many friends after they've eaten them. Hard to do when you add a little this, a little that, so on and so forth during the cooking process. I've been told I should start a food truck to sell them. Of course along with fries and such. Maybe someday I'll give it a go if I could find the $$$.
My cooking tragedies
We're going back years here. One time, Spaghetti sauce - used dried tarragon by accident (thought it was oregano) and all I can say is ICK, licorice taste in spaghetti sauce was AWFUL. Unfortunately I had added to the meatballs too! That meal definately got tossed out.
Another time, a meatloaf recipe called for some applesauce in ingredients. Don't do it! Had a good laugh about that one. Sounded good on paper but horrible on the plate, LOL.