If it tastes good, I'll make it. I find cooking to be therapeutic (most of the time) but my schedule doesn't allow for entire days spent in the kitchen. I'm usually a little slow the first time I try a recipe, making sure I get everything right. But, after I've made it once, I'll zip through it the next time. Our house also has to be diabetic friendly & low cholesterol.
My favorite things to cook
I don't really have a favorite. I like to cook for family and friends, especially during the holidays - baked ham, stuffing from scratch, cheesy potatoes - yum! And I like to eat, so whatever I'm in the mood for is my favorite at that moment.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I make applebutter following my Grandma's recipe and give jars of it away at Christmas. My husband (and everyone else) loves her meatloaf, sauerkraut & weenies and dump cake recipes. My Grandpa was a well known cook and was featured in a couple of newspapers. When I was a teenager he made me a book of all his recipes; recipes he'd altered or created on his own. I still use it today (20 years later)!
My cooking triumphs
My first batch of applebutter made me feel like a "real" grownup. I made creme brulee twice and it was great, but we had too much leftover, so I haven't made it since. I altered a carmelized pecans recipe along with an Emeril recipe for a vinaigrette dressing to be more diabetic friendly and got rave reviews on my salad. Creating or altering a recipe to have less carbs or sugar is personally rewarding. I love springing new foods on people and getting oohs and aahs over it and then telling them that it doesn't have sugar, etc. And I'm pretty good at cooking and cleaning as I go and having everything ready to eat at the same time without having to wait on that one last thing to finish cooking.
My cooking tragedies
The first time I made spaghetti for my husband (then boyfriend) it was totally trashed - my sauce is famous in our family and I was mortified that we had to chunk it and go have burgers! I also burned a batch of applebutter and had to toss it and start over - lesson learned; stir FREQUENTLY.