I enjoy cooking when I have the time. I will follow a recipe the first time I see it to make sure it's good. Most of the time I can eye-ball, tell texture and taste while I am putting it all together. An "old-fashioned" cook you might say. The only way our Portugese sweet bread turns out perfect is when I'm working without truly measuring everything.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook different things. We've traveled around the world so I've picked up traditional dishes from a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Japanese foods like gyoza, yakisoba and fixing sushi are great but, I really don't have a specific favorite. I enjoy baking also.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband is half Portugese so I picked up making Portugese sweet bread for the holidays (and whenever) since his grandmother passed away. It is a long process and since his grandmother didn't pass down her family recipe I had to experiment with various recipes to find one we loved as much as hers. I make many loaves and give out to neighbors and friends during the holidays.
My cooking triumphs
I'm really good at putting things together without a plan or recipe and have them turn out good. Usually I don't write anything down though, so if it's really good I don't have a good reference to go off of the next time I want to throw something like it together.
My cooking tragedies
I haven't made anything that has been awful yet. I do experiment but recipes usually come out pretty good anyway. One dish I made a lot when we were first married was chicken breast baked in a white wine cream sauce with mushrooms... we had it so much in 6 months my husband doesn't want to see it again (it's been 17 years now). It is delicious though... which is why I made it so often.