I sent Cooking Mama back today, or I will tomorrow, and I had a fun last couple of hours playing on it. I discovered some parts of the game that more then made up for a lot of the problems I mentioned in my earlier posts.
I discovered the Cookoff section that allows you to compete against your cooking friends to win stuff for your kitchen. I found that to be quite fun as well as adding to the addiction. I also was able to compensate for th control issues that I found annoying, I am now able to cook like a bad ass.