I think I have good cooking instincts. But, I have relatively little experience. And, I am pretty grossed out by cooking with raw meat. But, i just deal with it for a good meal.
My favorite things to cook
It is HOT in texas. I like to make very cold, refreshing drinks. I like simple, fruity deserts (with vanilla ice cream:D). I love healthy food, but won't sacrificing taste for "healthy substitutes". I love the middle-america un-dynamic dishes I grew up with (and making them more dynamic, like Sloppy Joe II). And I love the exciting ways spiciness is combined with favors in foods like Mexican and Indian food.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Best stuff from my family (i.e. parents). First is Pasty (Finnish style). Chicken-broccoli and broccoli-cauliflower casseroles. Meal--Steak, mash potatoes, green beens. BBQ chicken. Sloppy Joes. Hamburger Stroganoff. Apple pie. Later tradition - Tortilla soup
My cooking triumphs
My cooking triumphs are easy, since i am a novice. But hey, they taste good.
-I just made the best sloppy joe I ever had last night (Tamara's). I have nailed some of my mom's other dishes too, like chicken-broccoli casserole.
-I have had big success at parties with guac. With hamburger, jalapeno queso. A couple awesome summer drinks, and a winter one (my mom's wassel). Also, with giant (and fullly decked out) leaf-based salads. Also, I do well with an easy dessert that is one of the yummiest things in the world (to me): fruity-pie (fruit and stuff on a giant sugar cookie
My cooking tragedies
Um, not too many. -I used to burn my tea;). -I suppose my rawmeataphobia is a cooking tragedy. -A late discovery of an ingredient shortage lead to a Chicken-broc casserole with double butter...on V-day. So very very rich. Bleh, but we still ate it, albeit slowly.