Growing up, mom had a tummy condition so she didn't cook with spices. My biggest challenge is figuring out what spices taste like and how to cook with them. Right now, I follow recipes exactly, but I am hoping to learn enough to figure out how to tweak things to our liking.
My favorite things to cook
Everything that has any kind of exotic flavor. My taste buds have been deprived for too many years! lol
My favorite family cooking traditions
I find a recipe online, wrap the laptop in saran wrap, take it into the kitchen, and the kids and I get cooking. We have a blast! If we really like it (or really hate it) then I print it out and add it to our cooking binder.
My cooking triumphs
I've had quite a few of them on Allrecipes!! The kids and I are making our own cook book binder. The front has recipes we like with any changes hand written on them, and the back has recipes we can't stand so that we don't make them again.
My cooking tragedies
If you are trying to grill tortillas by sliding them across the burner on the stove, don't let go of them!! If you drop one, they stick to the burner, burst into flames, smoke like mad, and set off every fire alarm in your house.