I love to cook. Love it! I enjoy trying out new dishes on my husband (but he makes me not ask any questions about 'how many STARS' until he's had a couple of bites). I used to enjoy cookbooks, but allrecipes has spoiled me... how can I know if a recipe's worth making without reviews and advice??
My favorite things to cook
I like one-dish meals a lot, stir-fries, casseroles, slow-cooked foods, soups and stews. Hearty food, but healthy too. To get my husband more involved in cooking our meals I'm always on the hunt for interesting BBQ recipes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Both sides of my family (Hungarian & German/Finnish) had ethnic specialities that I remember us always eating when we got together. Now, older members of my family are gone, and I never learned how to make these dishes. It breaks my heart that I can no longer eat my one grandmother's pasties and other grandmother's chicken paprikash (yes, these recipes are online here, but they don't have my families special touches, you know?). I urge all of you to learn your favorite dishes from your mothers, grandmothers, etc before it is too late.
My cooking triumphs
We had both sides of our family over for Easter 2005 (yes, I know this is the easiest holiday to cook for, but I'm relatively new to this!). Everything turned out perfectly, and family Easter at our home has become a tradition. Thanks allrecipes!
My cooking tragedies
I'm a big fan of taking a recipe that sounds interesting, then substituting healthier ingredients for the bad (but oh-so-tasty) stuff. Sometimes this works... sometimes it flops.