It is a freaking miracle I don't weigh 500 lbs. I love to cook and I am getting better and experimenting all the time. I now have my own garden and we eat grow collards, chard, tomatoes, peppers, chiles and lettuces. And this year, over 100 ONIONS, red/white and sweets! I love All Recipes! The reviews, the ideas, the recipes themselves all stoke my own creativity.
My favorite things to cook
My Hubster is a Pit-Master, both on the grill and smoker. I am experimenting a lot with him! Grilled scallops and shrimp esp. and we make baby-backs so well that we are famous locally for them with our good friends. Plus, I love to bake with my new gas oven: my own cookie recipes, beef tenderloin, quiche, pie, brownies, puff pastry goodies, baklava, spanakopita, enchiladas. I also love my slow cooker for carnitas, green chile beef and beans. I make one heck of a boneless beef ribs dish (which is really london broil) with BEER and broth, green chiles, onion and garlic over fat home-made noodles. On the stove, I make a great Albondigas and other soups in winter with crusty homemade bread. I am a great fry cook, altho we are watching fat content lately. So fried anything is really a treat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gravy. For some reason, I can really make roux sauces and gravies. I use cornstarch and NOT flour, yuck.
I do great mashed potatoes and sausage stuffing. Pork chops and fried potatoes and onions with mushroom gravy is a sure husband-pleaser. We balance out my fat craze with a lot of fresh salads and steamed veggies. And we eat fresh fruit with yogurt, or have a smoothie with fruits for b'fast every day of the year. I am experimentally using almond milk for a lot of my recipes. It is important when eating like this that I do some damage control: we get at least 25 g of fiber a day.
My cooking triumphs
Incredible Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. Turkey Meatloaf. Hot Turkey Sausage & Green Chile Quiche. Veggie-Turkey Meatball Albondigas. Beer-battered French Fries. Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos. Chiles Relleno. Garlic Naan. Palak Paneer. Palestinian Chicken. Dolmas. Seared Blackened Ahi. And I do make spring rolls, but, alas, I deep fry them. Delicious and bad for us, but hey. It's only now and then!
My cooking tragedies
I am getting older and have to watch my fat intake. But things don't taste right with reduced-fat food items. I have an issue with dried herbs, it seems things don't taste right there, either...I need to learn how to use them better. I do NOT like to use ANY canned foods. I do not want to be a snob; I understand folks need convenience, but sheesh, it's just all salt and hardly any mouthfeel except FATTINESS, without any subtlety and in some cases, no taste EXCEPT salt. And I am finally learning to like to cook with wine! I wish I knew how to better do all these things.