I enjoy cooking the most when there is time to experiment. I substitute all kinds of ingredients to use what I have and avoid extra trips to the store. Growing up, I watched my mom cook. She never measured anything, but cooked by feel and approximations. I am known to measure quite a bit, but since I substitute so much, my dishes never taste the same way twice. I try to avoid packaged food and cook from scratch whenever possible. Since I dislike grocery shopping in city supermarkets (too small and crowded), I shop online for groceries every 3-4 weeks and have them delivered by the store in a refrigerated truck. I just pick up milk and produce and in between. I love the local farmers markets around the city each summer and fall, too!