i don't use recipes other than as suggestions...sort of like stop signs and red lights (kidding)!
cooking an inspired meal, a (large) glass of red wine, loud classical (or any non-lyric)music are one my descriptions (and a reasonable perception) of heaven on earth.
My favorite things to cook
soups/stew, hungarian, bbq...anything, most especially new creations...fun fun fun
My cooking triumphs
finding a way to not set off the smoke detector.
My cooking tragedies
knife wounds and oven burns