Not really much on baking but love to make recipes which are usually kept in my head so no two dishes of the same recipe come out the same. I rarely use boxed mixes and/or convenience foods. Most everything is done from scratch.
There aren't enough boxes to check for everything that I like to do: Research and prepare good food, Read books and magazines, crochet, pets, collect dragons, fishing, play video games, church activities, web surfing with forum and web group participation and sometimes I sleep. (HA)
7/19/10>>>Have gotten into more baking lately. I especially like to make fruit cobblers and homemade breads (NOT with bread machine).
My favorite things to cook
I usually start everything with garlic, onions and mushrooms and go from there: along with pasta or rice: froglegs, all seafood, chicken and other poultry, sometimes lamb....rarely make beef and pork but enjoy them occasionally. I guess pasta and one of the seafoods are my favorite. I do enjoy putting together one-dish slow cooker meals.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving day is usually our annual family reunion day. Everyone makes a covered dish and meets at my aunt's house. We have family come in from all over the country. Turkey, oyster dressing, macaroni and cheese, veggies, salads, and desserts and enough food that would feed a small army.
My cooking triumphs
When microwave ovens first came out, I made an entire Thanksgiving meal via the microwave just to see if I could do it and have it taste and look like a traditional meal. The entree was duck. I spent more time on that meal than I've ever spent on any meal since. And it turned out great. But, belileve me, I've never tried it again. I still use the microwave for more than just 'heat-up' but just say no to duck.
My cooking tragedies