I wasn't taught how to cook by my relatives, so am starting my own traditions as a fledgling cook. I value portion control over calorie content. I'm not a natural, so I love the Review component of All Recipes and always read others' reviews before trying a recipe myself.
My favorite things to cook
CUPCAKES. Baking counts as cooking, right? Although cheesy Italian food is my comfort zone, I enjoy trying new styles and ingredients from Indian to Mexican to game meats to ice cream. Kale is one of my favorite things to make these days.
My cooking triumphs
I made a pasta dish once that contained a lemon zest. I don't have it on hand to remember what it's called, but it was more involved than anything I'd done before and tasted fantastic.
My cooking tragedies
Kale chips presented a real problem for me until I realized that I didn't have to leave them in for nearly as long as the recipes call for. Baking pies for the first time... they are not very forgiving.