Although I love to bake (and am quite good at it, especially pies and cookies), I’m not a fan of cooking. I can do it, and it turns out good to middling, because I don’t have a flair for it.
I once read something that went along these lines: Why does it take 2 hours to cook something, 1 minute to eat it, and three days to clean up? That’s me. There’s so much prep involved, and I just want to get things done and eat.
It’s true of baking as well, but I think the main difference between cooking and baking is that cooking you pretty much have to do and at a really inconvenient time of day where you’re usually already tired and overworked. Baking, on the other hand, is mostly done for pleasure and at your convenience.
That’s a long and different way of saying that I don’t really have a favorite recipe. I have a few that I go to time and again, and my husband really enjoys my gumbo. However, it’s not real gumbo, and I wouldn’t want to shame myself to anyone who knows what real gumbo is.
And the other recipes? You can find thousands like them all over Pinterest or with a quick google search. They’re quick, mediocre, and usually put out by food companies.
However, if I had to pick a favorite, I’d choose something with one of the world’s two greatest flavor combinations. One is peanut butter and chocolate. Here is the other:
S’mores (most of this came from allrecipes.com)
1 large marshmallow
1 graham cracker
1 (1.5 ounce) bar chocolate candy bar (Hershey’s plain is best)
Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt. Most people brown it lightly or just warm it up. Me? I light it on fire and blow it out, repeating several times until it’s nice and black and crisp. Do what works for YOU.
Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.