I watch Food Network and other cooking shows to get ideas for meals. I never follow a recipe I just experiment. I never write down recipes either -- I just know what I need to add to make the dish. I love cooking that way but most of my friends hate it because it's so difficult to "share" recipes.
My favorite things to cook
I love making salads with grilled meats, slow-cooker BBQ, chicken marsala, chili, beef stew, chicken stew, meatloaf, chicken tortilla soup, chicken francaise, and my special 24-hour marinated london broil.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite cooking traditions are for holidays. On Christmas Eve I do various appetizers. For Christmas dinner I always make my 24-hour marinated london broil with twice baked mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. For New Years I do a slow cooker pork with sauerkraut, bacon and apple juice. And for easter I make a fresh pork with gravy, artery-clogging mashed potatoes and fried sauerkraut!! YUM!
My cooking triumphs
A Greek style puff-pastry dish that I made last year for Christmas eve. I used frozen puff-pastry, chopped spinach, roasted red peppers, feta, lemon juice, olive oil, fresh garlic and diced tomatoes. I made the entire box of puff pastry sheets (yeilding 3 large pastries) and they were gone in under 30 minutes!
My cooking tragedies
Anything I try to bake though I do make a decent pie.