I'm a 40-ish wife and mom. I think I'm a pretty good cook. My husband brags about my cooking all the time. However, I don't consider myself a "foodie." I am not even sure what that word means. I love tweaking recipes and figuring out how I could improve upon it. Favorite cooking show: Good Eats with Alton Brown. I have two little boys who can be picky eaters. I prefer quicker recipes; e.g. 30 minutes or less, but sometimes will take the time to do something more involved.
My favorite things to cook
Pastas!!! Casseroles, slow cooker recipes. When it's hot out...creative sandwiches, and more slow cooker stuff (doesn't heat up the kitchen.)
My favorite family cooking traditions
Funny, I don't think there's any Italian in my family but those are some of my favorite cooking traditions, i.e. slow-simmered tomato-based sauces. (Probably other cultures do tomato-based sauces but I am not familiar with them.) Also, lots of Eastern European & German stuff..stuff with cabbage and sauerkraut.
My cooking triumphs
A Good Housekeeping recipe for Cranberry-Balsamic Chicken with roasted Brussels sprouts. Stringy Macaroni. My cookie-baking.
My cooking tragedies
Grilled pre-packaged chicken kabobs wrapped in bacon and undercooked them and gave my husband food poisoning!