Cooking is a hobby for me, and it is something that my friends and I do socially, instead of more "normal" activities like bar-hopping, social mixers, hanging out in a coffee shop, going to the movies, etc. It is a great way to get to know a person better (or when they are under stress, depending on the recipe!)
My favorite things to cook
I really love the ease of crock-pot and dutch oven recipes. I love a good soup on a cold day, or even in the summertime. I also like to modify recipes to make them healthier while still keeping their great flavors.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Growing up, we always joked that dinner was ready when the smoke alarm went off. I like to hope that my skills in the kitchen have surpassed those smoke alarm days.