I recently moved from a place that didn't have a kitchen (unless you count a microwave) to a full kitchen with a gas stove, so now I cook ALL the time and I'm really enjoying it. I also have become obsessed with Food Network so I'm learning a lot from watching professionals do what they do best. I also need to get at least 60 grams of protein per day so all of my meals are protein-based and I usually try to omit unnecessary carbs, like bread and pasta.
My favorite things to cook
I like to try new things and to experiment with new flavor combinations and ingredients you might not think to put together to make it more to my liking, or to add nutritional value.
I'm not always able to follow a recipe EXACTLY as written and find I learn best and enjoy myself more when I figure it out as I go along.
My newest favorite food is poached eggs, something I taught myself how to do after reading about it online. I love eggs but now I eat 2 poached eggs with garlic salt EVERY DAY. I normally try not to eat the same thing more than 1 day in a row or more than twice a week but I LOVE poached eggs with garlic salt so much that I have made an exception to that rule. I just wish I knew about them sooner!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always enjoyed making pies with my grandmother for Thanksgiving dinner. She was a great baker.
My cooking triumphs
Last Thanksgiving my boyfriend and I cooked the entire meal just for ourselves. Some things were family recipes, like my grandmother's pecan pie, but many were things I either found on my own or kind of made it up as I went along, like the sweet potato souffle, mashed potatoes from scratch, gravy from scratch (no recipe AND no lumps), etc. We made so much food and it all turned out so yummy. We were really proud of ourselves since neither of us had any experience doing it, or even anything close.
My cooking tragedies
I cook by feel, flavor and sight versus timers and rules. Some people can tell you how long to grill each side of a chicken breast, but I flip it based on how far up the white part is. I rarely make something the same way twice, especially things like omelets. I also never leave my food unattended. I like to watch the cooking process. I'm also trying to focus more on fresh ingredients and learning to use more herbs and spices. To me cooking is an easy way to try something new every day.