I've been cooking for over 40 years. Before kids, I did a lot of gourmet cooking; after kids, it was quick, easy & kid friendly. Now that I'm retired & cooking for one, it's a bit of a challenge but I'm getting back into more gourmet cooking.
My favorite things to cook
Lamb - any type
Prime Rib/Beef Tenderloin
My favorite family cooking traditions
Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding on Christmas Eve and Leg of Lamb at Easter. My father-in-law made the best prime rib I'd ever had and he taught me his secrets. My mother is from England so the Yorkshire Pudding came from her. I started making leg of lamb at a party I hosted for new faculty when I lived in Casper, WY (1982) and I've made it ever since at Easter.
My cooking triumphs
I made trifle and snicker salad for an employee potluck & everyone liked them so much, I had to bring them every time we had a pot luck. My Yorkshire Pudding and leg of lamb also get rave reviews.
My cooking tragedies
1) Shortly after I got married, I made lemon meringue pie for my in-laws (my husband had raved about it to his parents). I made the pie, put it in the fridge to set; took it out 4 hours later & it wasn't set yet. I put it in the freezer hoping it would set in time for dinner; took it out later & it still wasn't set; put it back in the freezer, checked it the next day & it was still runny - it never did freeze! Later, my grandma told me I mustn't have put in the cornstarch even tho I thought I had. 35 years later, I still don't know for sure what I did wrong! 2) Shortly after I got married, I made lamb curry for my husband (got recipe from a friend). It was awful which happens when you use 1 T. of curry powder instead of 1 t. Yuck! 3) Every year I make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving at the in-laws & always use Libby's canned pumpkin. One yr I decided to make it using a pie pumpkin instead. It was a lot of work, looked awful, & tasted worse. I've stuck to canned pumpkin ever since.