I started cooking at home as a budgeting measure, and within weeks found I was enjoying it more than I thought I would. The response I've gotten from my boyfriend, family, friends, and co-workers has been great; turns out I'm pretty good at something I feared for years. I realized that I've been cooking for over a year now and decided I've gotten good enough to bump my level up to "intermediate"! :) A proud moment. :)
My favorite things to cook
Anything that encourages sour cream as a garnish! I can eat that stuff with a SPOON! :)
Really, the principal that drives my favorite things to cook is: really impressive flavor & presentation with very little effort. I LOVE it when I make something great that looks & tastes like I was at it for hours, when in fact it was super easy.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Check out my Recipe Box folder of Personal/Family recipes & you'll get a great picture of the food I grew up with. (I'm always SO happy when someone else saves it -- I put them up to SHARE! :))
My cooking triumphs
ANY time I can get my boyfriend to enjoy something that is pasta or chicken-centric.
More specifically, here's a good story: I was hungry and tired and looked in the fridge for dinner. I grabbed 3 ingredients: seashell pasta, alfredo sauce, and kelbasa. I cooked the pasta, drained the water, added whatever amount looked good of the other two ingredients in the pot and added some spices (without tasting at any point, it would work or it wouldn't...) and when I sat down in the bedroom to eat I was pleasantly surprised. I told my boyfriend to try it & with a suspicious look on his face he took the bite I offered him. Suspicion melted into pleasure and he said it was the best thing I ever made and I needed to make more...immediately. :)
Now, I'm glad he loved it, but I've tried so many things I thought he'd like and gotten so many "it's fine"'s, and the time I'm just making something random for me with my eyes half closed...THAT HE LOVES?? Seriously?
My cooking tragedies
Recently I confused (don't ask me how) "seasoning" and "dredging" a chicken breast while making a slow cooker dish. The result was 50% more than a LETHAL dose of salt, and it was inedible. WOW was it bad! Can't wait to try the recie again when I DO IT RIGHT! :)