I was taught to cook by my sister who always followed recipes exactly. I usually do this too as I do not have much creativity (I'm an accountant). Things usually come out great! My husband cooks during the week for me and our teenagers, throwing things together, then I take over the kitchen on the weekends, making new and different dishes.
My favorite things to cook
Love the crock-pot! It's so fascinating to me that I can just throw all the ingredients in, go to work, then come home to a wonderful smelling home with dinner ready! I love homemade soups: Chicken noodle, vegetable beef and just recently, taco soup. I make them hearty and they are so much healthier.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My daughter bought me the 3 slow cookers in one set from Wal-Mart. Although they are all 2 1/2 qt size, they are excellent for keeping everything warm. Christmas dinner was so much easier. It kept all of our sides warm without drying out while the ham finished. We like the traditional recipes for Thanksgiving, but more non-traditional sides for Christmas and New Year's Day.
My cooking triumphs
I just recently discovered homemade chicken noodle soup, so wonderful, just like my moms!