My favorite things to cook
In general, I like big projects and new recipes-- making comprehensive meals with unique salads and veggie dishes, new main courses and fancy desserts. If they're recipes I've never tried before and the ingredients and final products look like they'll be great, I turn up the music and spend hours dancing around the kitchen between the stovetop, fridge, spice cupboard, mixing bowls and baking trays, and never feel like I'm working. Ask me to make a boring plate of spaghetti with carrot sticks on the side, and THAT'S work, because it's uninteresting to make and unsatisfying to eat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Pot pie in winter, brown-sugar-garlic salmon, Cherries Jubilee on New Years, Angel Food cake with strawberries on birthdays, never saying "no" to whipped cream.