Since I work full time, I'm an extremely busy cook. I cook for my son, my almost-step son and my boyfriend. Although I've been cooking for over 20 years, I rated myself as beginner becuase I became diabetic a few years ago. I used to love baking, cooking sweets and I didn't care about calorie content. I had to throw out everything I thought I new and learn how to cook again. Since I'm diabetic, I see a nutritionist about twice a month and I've joined weight watchers. I thought the men-folk would revolt, but actually I'm cooking more now than before and we've all lost weight.
My favorite things to cook
When I found out I was diabetic, everything changed from my favorite things to cook to my cooking traditions. It's been about three years, and I'm still figuring out what to eat. I'm just now getting over the shock and am moving back into a comfort zone of cooking with confidence. Right now I'm into vegetables, anything roasted or anything that has a different flavor. I don't like sticking to recipes that are strictly low-fat, low-cal, low-carb or low-sodium. Mostly, for me this translates to low-flavor. I love this site because I can check the reader reviews to see how they altered receipes for their tastes.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Breakfast!! My teean-age sons start out the day with huge breakfasts, AND THEN they go to school and eat breakfast again. As far as holidays go, my favorite new tradition is to make it a holi-DAY, not a holi-WEEK or holi-MONTH. This allows me to splurge (within reason) on one day, guilt-free.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking Light's' Berry French Toast - we love this recipe. Also, any chicken recipe with gravy. My favorite recipe from this site is Grilled Salmon II - it's fantastic.
My cooking tragedies
I love cooking with wine for flavor, but unfortunately I'm not the best. I once cooked a chicken dish and everything came out PURPLE. I still haven't figured out what went wrong.