I was taught by my mom, who was a great cook, how to cook almost every staple mid-western meat and potatoes dish you can think of. I am glad she did, as I have never been afraid to try something new. Most of my friends didn't learn how to make grilled cheese until after their 18th birthdays! Now that I am on my own, I am learning to cook more "out of the box" meals. I LOVE to eat mexican and tex-mex food, and now I am learning to cook it. I also love pasta dishes. My mom's food was always very flavorful, but never with any heat. I LOVE spicy food, as long as you can still taste the rest of the meal and not just the flavor of the peppers or spice. And my new favoriet is sushi. I have been trying every form of sushi I could, raw and cooked, rolled and over rice.