I detest recipes that call for things like boxed cake mix, can of cream of "fill in the blank" soup, onion dip mix, etc.. I do wish they would exile those kinds of "recipes" to a separate section so that I don't ever have to waste my time reading a recipe that would not be of interest to me.
I am constantly on the lookout for side dishes that are healthy, not sweet and not startchy. I pretty much fail. I noticed a collard greens recipe but I'm sure collard greens are bitter. Don't people know bitter is a bad things? (joking, I know it's healthy). I mean bitter is used to describe things in a bad way. I am very bitter about this.
I collect vintage cookie cutters. The only one I know of that I do not have is this rare fish cookie cutter. If anyone has one for sale, please do contact me. Here is a YouTube video of that elusive cookie cutter.
My favorite things to cook
Chicken and dumplings
My favorite family cooking traditions
The eating part. Seriously however, I wasn't taught to cook when I was a child which is kind of amusing as both my parents were cooks.
My cooking triumphs
Chicken and dumplings. I can do it. I suffer from chronic fatigue and am trying to create a month's menu but so far only C&D is the only thing that is remotely successful. Grilling is too much of a hassle so I'm hoping to find a marinade I like for steaks and broil a steak. I so want to do a brisket but who can afford a brisket?!
My cooking tragedies
I don't recall and out and out tragedy, I just am not in love with my cooking. I detest recipes that are labor some. I lament for the women through the ages that had to cook several times a day when there was no electricity and other conveniences. Can you imagine?! Having to catch the chicken, butcher it and so on. Also making sure the washing got done and so on.