I grew up with a grandma who was a really good cook. Cooking wasn't my mom's (or dad's) favorite activity so they let me start cooking whatever I wanted as long as I cleaned up(or at least made a good attempt!). I was lucky that my parents and brothers ate whatever I made in those early years, though they did have some input on potential changes for 'next time'.
I was a cook at both boy and girl scout camps and now mostly cook for the 100 or so folks at work.
My favorite things to cook
Love to bake and finding that my slow cooker is getting used a lot for friends at work :)
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have always loved to bake. My husband was a great cook and took care of dinner each night. Since he died in 2008, I've never gotten into the habit of cooking for just me.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking related, but not cooking itself - I have put together two cookbooks from recipes gather from folks at work. Proceeds go to charity and they've been really fun projects.
My cooking tragedies
When I was very young, I made Oven Porcupines(from an Betty Crocker card file that I loved) and didn't cook it correctly so the rice was hard. Bless my parents and brothers, they ate it anyway ;)