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Well, I love to cook! Big surprise there. I've gotten so many great recipes from RecipeZaar that I finally decided to join. My goal is to organize all of my stray recipes to make sure they don't get lost, and also to remember which ones we love! I like a lot of variety, so I rarely cook the same thing week after week. The trouble is, as time goes by, it becomes difficult to remember all of the dishes that everyone loved and/or menus that were a hit when we had company. I'm hoping RecipeZaar will help on that front.
I work part-time and have 2 young children, so mostly what I focus on these days is preparing simple, fresh, healthy meals that all of us will enjoy. Our kids are not coddled - they are expected to eat what they are served. However, I do try to have at least one item on the menu that I KNOW they'll like. They are very good eaters overall, but of course they have slightly different tastes, and my son is a "separator," which makes soups and casseroles a challenge sometimes. Luckily, my husband will eat anything (and I mean ANYTHING) that is put in front of him. :-)
There are so many that I probably have to do them by category. For dairy, it's definitely cheese. I love almost any cheese except for Swiss. For baked goods it would have to be french bread (crisp on the outside, spongy on the inside). For meat it's plain old grilled steak. Seafood - any kind of shellfish. My favorite vegetable is spinach, which I often eat straight with no accoutrement. I love almost all fruits, especially raspberries, but I do not like melon of any kind.
I love comfort food - soups, casseroles and pastas are high on my list. Mediterranean, Latin American and Indian are my favorite "cuisines."
When it comes to ingredients to cook with, that is easy. Garlic is hands-down my favorite. We tell people not to eat at our house if they don't like garlic. Also, I couldn't live without my Penzeys Spices!