My husband & I are "DINK"s (Double-Income, No Kids) and although we both work full-time, we travel alot and are always on the go. I never had an interest in cooking growing up. My mom made mostly casseroles or warmed up packaged convenience foods. But I've learned a lot from my dear mother-in-law and now I really enjoy cooking -- when I can find time. My husband prefers basic meat & potatoes type dishes, but he's trying to go low-carb, so he's willing to try a few different things. He isn't really picky -- he just likes the same old things, over and over. But I'm trying to teach him "variety is the spice of life"! We eat out rarely, so preparing 3 meals a day at home (or "brown bagging" lunch from home), I'm always on the look-out for something new.
My favorite things to cook
To satisfy husband's appetite, I like basic red meat recipes, but I'm always trying to entice him with some "delicious" (healthy) veggie or seafood dish. We also enjoy grilling. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, so I really don't bake cakes or make too many desserts. But Allrecipes is a great source if I have to provide a dessert for a potluck meal.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband & I have both our sets of parents over to our house for dinner for most holidays & birthdays. And in the Fall, we have great tailgate parties every Saturday before UVA football games!
My cooking triumphs
Everybody loves my pot roast & Baby Back Ribs (slow-cooked in the oven for 3-4 hours)
My cooking tragedies
I've never had good luck with roasts, chicken, etc. in the crockpot (they come out too dry or tough, even though the liquid covers the meat). However, I've recently attempted several soup/stew recipes (like "Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup" off this site!) in my crockpot with great success!! Thanks!