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I am always looking to cook or bake something new or to re-vamp an old time favorite. I like to whip up basic dishes instead of buying them pre-made from the store.
I enjoy watching the Food Network when I can and seeing what's on RecipeZaar. A variety of recipes at your fingertips!
In 2011 My husband and I changed our style of living, increasing exercise and paying attention to what we eat. We prefer to cook and eat low carb/Primal/Paleo, increasing our meats and vegetables and decreasing our sugar and grains. It has been a great journey thus far and am pleased that Food.com has been able to help us along the way. There are so many already healthy recipes that we can adapt to how we want to eat and feel great in doing so. I still love to bake, but I have learned that no sugar at all is a good thing and there are simpler ways to indulge instead of having a slice of triple chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and a scoop of rocky road ice cream. >_< Although I still have a blast crafting a cake like that!
All sorts of breads, pasta dishes, comfort foods like baked ziti or lasagna, and using a variety of vegetables when possible.
Go to staples when short on time: fried rice, home made pizza and breadsticks, calzones, and pizza boats (on homemade french bread).
Since I initially joined RecipeZaar/Food.com, what I cook/bake now is very much different from what I wrote above!
My favorite dishes to make now are slow cooker pesto baby back ribs, cream cheese salsa chicken, cheesy cauliflower bake with sausage and bacon, faux fried rice (with cauliflower), meatzza, and heroin wings. I still love to make meatloaf (turkey or beef/pork - no breadcrumbs), southwest chili (no beans), and other comfort foods, but we simply adapt them to have no grains.
Side dishes include sauteed summer squash and zucchini with butter and garlic, grilled asparagus, kale salads, seaweed (gomi) salad, and baked sweet potato fries.
For desserts we have lots of fresh, low sugar fruits such as berries, mix in super dark chocolate (I'm talking 85-90% cacao content), unsweetened coconut, and dried fruits and nuts.
We do consume a small amount of dairy, usually cheese, whole milk, no salt added cottage cheese, and greek yogurt. As I have a lactose sensitivity, I will have on hand coconut milk for drinking or baking. I cook with butter and a little bit of olive or peanut oil, but also with ghee, coconut oil, and bacon oil.
I still love to bake, but I prefer to choose recipes that are low/no sugar, call for no wheat flour or are gluten free, and if it is a wheat flour recipe, I will use organic flour, preferably whole wheat. I have had great success making almond or coconut flour pancakes, coconut bread, and dark chocolate bark.