Hmm... I've been busy trying to figure out how to please some of my more picky guests, and I've hardly thought about what I actually like.
I like petite hors doeuvres & tea party foods... or things that would belong in a woodland retreat or a summer greenhouse. Nuts, berries, seeds... spices like whole star anise and ginger root... mint leaves or fresh chopped basil.
I grew up in the middle of the US with fresh ground whole flours, homemade yogurts and cheeses from fresh milk, fresh eggs, homegrown produce. I like whole-wheat walnut pancakes with homemade mulberry syrup... fruit pastries... whipping cream, sour cream, butter...
For a while I got into making chocolate truffles with herbs & edible flours.
(I also like an occasional grilled steak - but that's my husband's domain.)
When it comes to entrees, though, or cooking for large groups, I don't know. Entrees that I've liked include chicken korma because it is full of small surprises like cardamom pods & golden raisins... Beyond that, I'm not sure.
At least I have some more positive thoughts about this now, though, which is a good start!