I have never actually enjoyed cooking, so I have started an online diary entitled "I'd Rather Not Be Cooking," where I will document my journey in trying to develop a liking to it. It's not that I can't cook. But with working a full-time job and taking care of everyone and everything, I just never got into cooking for the pleasure of it. I plan to try recipes from this site and others every week and see if I can move from being a "cooking hater" to a "cooking lover."
My favorite things to cook
You might imagine if I could afford a live-in cook, I'd be in hog heaven. Right at the moment, I can't think of anything that is my favorite thing to cook but can think of plenty that are my favorite things to EAT! My goal is to bring those two together. Any suggestions?
My favorite family cooking traditions
A couple of desserts that my grandmother made have fond memories for me. She made a cake called a "Prince of Wales" cake. I have tried to recreate it, but it's one of those things where the person doing it has the special touch. She also made a peach cobbler that is lost to posterity now. My grandmother definitely had that special "knack" for cooking her creations.
My cooking triumphs
I generally get compliments on desserts I take to potlucks. I was particularly satisfied with a fruit pizza I made once. It didn't cross my mind when I planned to make it and purchased the ingredients that the fruit was supposed to be placed on the crust artistically. So I had to come up with a design on the fly. It ended up looking really pretty.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to bake a sugarless cake once for a diabetic that came out of the oven looking like a hunk of asphalt.