I will try anything -- probably because I have spent time developing recipes for national publications, I believe in presentation (I have done food styling) so for kids new foods may be in themed lunches --kitty (made with multi colored peppers etc)
My favorite things to cook
Oriental,and Italian --I love Mexican but we have some superb Mexican restaurants here and I like lots of variety on the Mexican plate ---to time consuming !!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Lots of Christmas cookies --- usually 20 varieties (include a couple new each year)---early years of marriage I did a themed dinner each Christmas eve --- now a larger extended family it is a pot luck.
My cooking tragedies
My mother was "you know how cook"---I never cooked at home -- so first month of marriage I decided to make a favorite shrimp au gratin ---I knew it needed a white sauce so called mother she said and wrote out: 2 Tbs butter, 2Tbs flour and 1 cup liquid such as WATER, milk, broth---WELLLL I used water and cooked and cooked and it never became WHITE it was warm GLUE!!
Lesson learned always write recipe as if reader knows nothing about cooking !!!!