I'm recently coming off a job that made cooking tough, usually getting home LATE. Now I've got a 4 year-old and better hours! I'm repeatedly surprised at how much I enjoy cooking. I find I'm a hound for the kudos!! I grew up on a cattle farm, so beef is DEFINITELY my favorite. Cholesterol & weight concerns are making me temper that, but if I had my druthers . . .
My favorite things to cook
Vegetables in cool ways, marinated meats, grilling in particular. I like to try recipes found on product packaging...keeps it varied. Casseroles are an important part of my plan so we can have decent meals even after a busy day at work. Also, I really like my crockpot because it is SO cozy. I definitely don't think it has to mean "low brow" cooking if it's slow cooked. There is life after canned cream of mushroom soup (NOT THAT I DON'T LOVE IT . . .)
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was not a "fancy" cook, since I was one of 7 kids. Quick was a priority, as was simple. The most basic meal, the one that we had a lot, was steak, baked potato and salad. Still just so good!! There are a couple of dishes from my paternal grandmother that are traditions: German Cucumber Salad and this rice dish that I've never found the recipe for. It had rice, clove, sausage, fresh parsley . . . and I don't know what else. The only name my family & I ever knew it by was "Grammie rice". Miss you, Gram! WHERE IS THE RICE RECIPE?!?!?
My cooking triumphs
Hmmm . . . I'm sure there have been some, but I don't remember. Maybe my greatest achievement is getting my husband (a TOTAL non-foodie) to compliment anything I've made. Food just isn't his bag, so if he takes the time to mention something, I know he must really like it.
My cooking tragedies
It's not really MY tragedy, but my poor husband once spent an entire afternoon making a snowman cake from a Williams-Sonoma pan complete with recipe. Special trip to the store for obscure ingredients, looking for seldom-used kitchen tools, the whole bit (handling a 2 year old all the while) . . .the cake was great and looked fabulous. The problem? He followed the recipe exactly which called for some salt in the frosting. Except he had used "salted" butter, not "sweet" butter. It was so salty it was pretty much inedible. But boy, did it look great!