I love to try a variety of recipes and All Recipes supplies me well, in my constant search for new things to cook. There are extremely few things I don't like. Growing up I was a junk food eater who never cooked anything except oatmeal cookies. When I got married, I made a real effort to become a good cook and was always asking everyone for their recipes. Through the years, I have gone in the direction of eating healthier, but still revert to my comfort foods of my childhood sometimes.
My favorite things to cook
I prefer to use fresh foods. I try not to use much in pre-packaged foods. Although they can be very tasty, I believe it is healthier to eat only small amounts of foods with preservatives. I especially like Mexican/TexMex, Oriental/Thai, Greek, Chicken, Seafood and Fish recipes. But... what I like versus what my family likes, can be very different. So, I find myself always trying to "fit" in new recipes that they like.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At Christmas, my husband, daughter, & I make my husband's family recipe for "Baby Ruth Balls" and fruitcake. And, an old recipe for Fruit Salad Sauce from my family. And, I started a tradition of making Gingerbead Houses each year, for my daughter to decorate, about 13 years ago.
My cooking triumphs
Every time someone asks for a recipe of something I cooked or baked, or if they comment that they like it, or if I really love it, I consider it a triumph.
My cooking tragedies
I made a chicken roll-up type recipe for company. And, even though I used a meat thermometer, my chicken was not completely cooked through and it was bloody in the middle. I remember one very sweet dinner guest saying... "Oh, it's fine" and, TO MY HORROR, she ate it anyway! I did not want anyone to get sick and I felt sooo... bad! Luckily no one did get sick. AND...speaking of sick....that reminds me... A group of us went Morel mushroom hunting, then I made dinner with our pickings. Myself and (1) guest got food poisoning so bad, I thought I was going to die! I was the one that had inspected, cleaned and cooked the mushrooms, so I felt responsible! (the (1)other guest, didn't die either!)