First, I don't call myself a cook, I tell my wife that I am just a supper getter. But, I like cooking the old time southern home cooking that I grew up on, but like other things too. I used to like only the long original style recipes, but after developing mobility problems, I go for shorter, easier recipes now using fewer ingredients, less time and quicker clean up afterward. Aging is no fun, I don't recommend it to anyone.
My favorite things to cook
If we have special guest over for a dinner, my favorite dish to serve would probably be Chicken Cordon Bleu. For everyday eating, I have always cooked a lot of beans of various kinds; Red beans, pintos, limes, both large and green, navy, northern beans, all seasoned with smoked sausage, smoked ham hocks, bacon, or any bits of ham scraps or ham bones. Add any combo onion, garlic and spices, and usually put them over a bed of steamed rice. I like making chili also. Chili is another thing that can be made so many ways and that adds to the excitement. I will even put chili over rice often. "Honey, I've got the rice cooking, what do you want for supper?
I also like most any kind of pasta dishes. I like potato dishes, also, almost any way they can be cooked.
I like to make preserves and pickles also.
After moving to Texas, my wife and I started cooking TexMex recipes more.
As I get older, I like to try dessert recipes, it's the second childhood thing I guess. Dessert is good.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Our only cooking tradition is that there is no tradition, we serve whatever we desire at holidays or special occasions.
My cooking triumphs
Just receiving a few compliments on my dishes at church pot luck dinners is a major triumph for for me.
My cooking tragedies
I was planning to make a stuffed squash dish for a church dinner. When I inadvertently over cooked the squash, I decided to change it to a squash casserole and managed to still have something to take to the dinner. My wife and I have ever since called it Plan B casserole.