I just turned 70 and I have been cooking since I was 10. I live in an efficiency apartment in a senior residence and the cooking space is very limited, although I have worked out ways around that! I am on the waiting list for a one-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen but that is going to take time to come. In the meantime, I am able to cook virtually anything I want, and share recipes I find on All Recipes that I find particularly fine with my daughter and her husband, who is a fine cook in his own right!
My favorite things to cook
I am extremely fond of chicken and I make it in a lot of different ways. While I am good at entrees, however, I am a better baker, and I really like making great desserts for the residents I live with for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Before my marriage at age 20, I knew how to make Fish in Sweet Sour Sauce, Chicken Paprika, and Croissants from scratch (Tante Marie's French Kitchen; Julia Child didn't exist). To this day I have a passion for what I call "Fancy French," although I maintain the French cooking is a matter of having the right ingredients and cooking them properly: if you do that, you won't fail at French cooking!
My cooking triumphs
I am particularly proud of my Cherry-Covered Cheesecake, my Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze, and my Turtle Cheese Cake with chocolate, caramel, and pecans. What makes me proud about these dishes is not just that they taste tremendous, but that I have worked out decorations so they look at though they came from a bakery (but they taste better because they're home made!).
My cooking tragedies
I have never been able to make decent pie crust, although I can make a melt in your mouth butter crust for a quiche. I think I don't use cold enough water or refrigerate the dough long enough before rolling it out.