My column (link here) on the habits of people who like cooking got an immediate response: Before it even came out in the paper, replies were already coming in from readers sharing their habits that help them like cooking.
Robin: I am always asking for recipes! If I am at a covered dish or a party, at work, anywhere I try a recipe that I like. That way I have already tasted it and I know I like it. It is also a great way to collect a nice variety of recipes from people I know or have met.
Pam: I would be a far less happy cook without the wonders of Reynolds Wrap nonstick foil. I line every pan with it when baking, and line casserole dishes with it, too. You put the lined, filled casserole dish in the freezer , and when it's solid you just pop it out. You end up with a clean casserole dish and a frozen casserole that takes up way less room in the freezer . When you need it, peel the foil away, slip it back into the same dish and pop it in the oven.
Nina: I not only love to cook – I love cookbooks and recipes. My collections fill cabinets and are not always organized. The trial of a new recipe is that if it doesn’t get at least an A-, it goes in the “trash.” My husband gets to grade the meals. Sometimes, a B does get a second chance with modifications either of us think would make it better. We both consider recipes a suggested starting point. In 10 years, we have had a share of A, B and C’s but only one F – which ended up with the entire crockpot getting dumped, not just the contents.
Kaye: LEFTOVERS make me a happier cook. Even if it's just a side like lima beans or rice. It's easy to add a little something new to a few leftovers. I am not a planner. I usually plan my meals two hours ahead. But I cook all my meals from scratch, so I have lots of stuff on hand.