Cooking is a relaxing hobby for me, although I am not very good at creating new recipes on my own. I am only interested in healthy cooking, but also try to find recipes that are rated as comfort food, filling, and kid-approved.
Between WW and SparkPeople.com, I've lost 20 pounds since Sept 2010 and brought my BMI from obese to almost healthy. I've been a member of Allrecipes for ten years and love all of the enhancements they rollout every year.
My favorite things to cook
My three styles of cooking:
Quick, easy throw-togethers that can be served as a soup, stew, or casserole.
BBQ - either on my gas grill or Big Green Egg.
Prefer poultry, whole grains, and lots of vegetables, but also love lean pork and beef on occasion.
I leave all of the baking to my talented local daughter.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I was raised in the South, but my parents were from the Midwest. Although I envied my friends that were eating such delicious fried food, I am now glad that my mother was still roasting, braising, broiling and baking our meals.
Now that me, my kids, and grandchild have lived in Florida for decades, our taste have changed considerably from my parents'. We prefer much spicier food and rely more on beans, rice, and tropical fruits and veggies. They prefer Asian-inspired food, and I favor Hispanic recipes. It makes a happy blend for all of us.
Christmas and Thanksgiving is still totally traditional and includes all of the favorites passed down from generations.
My cooking triumphs
Haven't really found one yet, but my family does demand my Big Green Egg Pork Butt at least twice a year.
My cooking tragedies
Two that I can recall:
#1 - Big dinner that required two full pans of Lasagna. Dropped one pan completely overturned on the (freshly mopped) floor prior to guest arriving. With help from my brother, scooped and ladled the entire dish back into the pan and served it.
#2 - In honor of visiting Midwest family, made a traditional Low Country Boil, but misread salt and used TBSP instead of TSP. With the help of an aunt, peeled and boiled five pounds of potatoes to remove the extra salt.