Cooking, for me, is usually "quick and easy", using only a few high quality ingredients but I've got some specialties such as baking breads, making canned foods and usually my Italian dinners knock the ball out of the park as compared to making other types of ethnically defined meals.
My favorite things to cook
Classics (meaning regularly prepared meals) in my household include ground beef tacos, tortellini with sausage and pesto, grilling steaks, buffalo chicken wings, hamburger helper, ham and cheese croissants, spaghetti with ground italian sausage and ground beef in sauce, rotisserie whole chicken, baked teriyaki pork chops or chicken thighs, bacon, hard boiled eggs, beef vegetable stew in crockpot, lasagna. Those recipes come up often in my kitchen, but I'm always trying to change up my diet and try new foods or make dishes I've never attempted before. Most of the time, the labor-intensive meals that are tried for the first time only get made once because they were so time consuming and involved. Plus, I only cook for my husband and I, big meals that last for days or side dishes made to go with meat entrees are not a big hit (but that's not because my sides are not made well, it's because the husband prefers to have his steak with a side of steak, "No vegetables please.")
My favorite family cooking traditions
Simple and easy has been the way of my family's cooking traditions. Three to five ingredients is most ideal for a quick meal. Anything more than that may be considered borderline gourmet eating in the household I was raised in. I'm trying to break that tradition and make more challenging meals than what I was used to eating while growing up and at the same time, expanding my taste palate.
My cooking triumphs
Chicken pot pies in the winter months and shish kabobs on the grill in the summer. Breads baked in miniature, disposable aluminum pans to give away as gifts for the holidays. Homemade pizza from the dough to the tomato sauce made from tomatoes grown in my own yard and topped with freshly cut cheese and mushroom blends found at the farmers market. Peach jam in 4oz jars that were my wedding guest favor. Just about anything once bacon bits and/or fat is added to the recipe.
My cooking tragedies
Made enchiladas once using 99cents store shredded cheese which did not melt! Ruined the entire recipe, dumped it straight into the trash, had to go out and buy dinner that night.