I learned to cook for myself at a young age due to my parents' absence during dinner time. I was a vegetarian for about 8 years (ate fish once in a while). This forced me to be creative when I ate. Below are some of my favorite recipes that I have borrowed from friends, family, and 3rd party resources. I enjoy cooking as it is a relaxation method for me.
There have been mistakes. Bad mistakes. Carmelized onions may never be attempted again (sorry Jason). Powdered sugar should never be used instead of flour when baking a cake (mom, dad - anniversary cake - sorry it didn't turn out). Tombstone pizza thrown into the microwave for 10 minutes produces an edible food. These recipes are a sample of my favorites and eventually I may put up photographs I have taken of them. If you enjoy them, tell me: mike AT triple-zero DOT net
Cheeseburger Pie (from Bisquick) - This is an easy, quick Midwestern-type dish.
Turtle Brownies (mom =) - Mom makes these every holiday season. Way too good. I usually go overboard on the caramel and chocolate chips.
Flourless Chocolate Torte w/Raspberries - I only make this on super special occassions. It takes a lot of work, but is well worth it. If you don't follow the recipe to a T, then you will end up with a fluffy cake type torte that tastes good, but doesn't look good.
Curried Quiche with Chickpeas and String Beans - Great when string beans are in season. Wonderful dish pulled from an old vegetarian cookbook.
Chai (j3s, I thank you) - Good for a Sunday afternoon brew. Jes introduced me to her chai and I insisted on borrowing the recipe. You need to have a big pot and all day to brew this -- makes your home smell AMAZING.
Rod Stewart Memorial Chookies (jen. these are way too good) - I made these cookies for the first time in spring 2005. They take some time because of the freezing, but are WELL worth it.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge - Horribly good fudge that my mum makes every holiday. Its *SO* good and so sweet. Technically it is called "Ribbon Fantasy Fudge" but whatever, this is my website and my name for it.
Swedish Pancakes - My breakfast of choice at my parent's house. so good. I'm sure they are bad for me, but I don't care.
Apple Pie - This is not your grandmother's apple pie. This highly toxic drink will put you to the floor. Drink wisely.
Crackhouse - Special Old Chicago drink. This is a night killer. So sweet, so tasty, so deadly.
Greek Nachos - Great homemade alternative to traditional Mexican-style nachos
Saffron Cake - Basic sweet cake that utilizes saffron as the core ingredient.
Peanutty Chicken Breast - Quick and easy way to liven up boring chicken breast.
Cottage Cheese Bread
Strawberry Pretzel Dessert (grandma =D - Grandma makes this most every holiday. It sounds kinda gross, but it is amazingly good.
Broccoli Bulgar Salad