Cooking is just a hobby for me, but its also a necessity. If I don't cook, I'm going to get 1 of the 3 things my wife will cook, spagetti, meatloaf, or Egg-Surprize, which is scrambled eggs with whatever else she get's her hands on!
So I cook meals to change it up, with 4 step children and another on it's way, I end up cooking for many hungry mouths. I enjoy finding new ideas on this site, but its never enough to follow a recipe, I've always got to do something to it to make it my own.
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy baking. Cookies, Cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls. The Crockpot is a big tool used, as I work 10 hour days, so during the week, I've got to do something to make dinner easier for me! Either the whole meal is in there, or I cook the meat there and finish on the stove. I really love new dishes, and thankfully, I know the kids' likes enough to keep the new dishes within their range! (But I sneak in new things every now and then without them knowing!!)
My favorite family cooking traditions
We're making new traditions every year. Of course the major holidays seem to turn into family pot-lucks, and I'm always bringing more than I should, but I've never heard too many complaints and never seen leftovers!
My cooking triumphs
POT-LUCKS!!! They are my favorite! Give me a theme, and I will find something that I KNOW will not be brought by anyone else. And usually my dish is the first one gone!! That's the best compliment!!
My cooking tragedies
When I first started baking, I must have slightly burnt every item I tried. Tops were perfect, bottoms, not so much!! I quickly learned it's better to pull it early than thinking it can go another 30 seconds or minute!!