Post # 1
I feel like such a Betty Homemaker now.
I didn’t start cooking until Fiance and I started getting serious and I realized he was going to start coming home to me every night. It wasn’t fair to order out or make him cook all the time so I’ve been trying to find a new recipe every time I cook to keep things fresh and if I really like it, I write it down and save for later.
I think now I have about 15 or 16 things I have either memorized or saved via my “dinner notebook” as repeats. I do most of the baked/crockpot/pasta dishes and Fiance does stir fry and steaks.
Wondering how many natural cooks are out there versus clueless cooks like me
Post # 3
I don’t know if I’d consider myself a “natural cook” or not, but I think I’m very good at looking at ingredients that I have, and putting them together in a way that makes a good meal. I also find that 95% of the time, when I find a recipe for something, it ends up being pretty bomb-ass. Haha. Heck, maybe I am a natural cook, after all! I don’t know the number of dishes I know how to make, but since Fiance and I have been living together and I’m the one who cooks dinner, I’ve probably made about 20 or 30 different dishes. I love cooking, though, so I’m always looking for new recipes and twists on old favorites.
Post # 4
I’m completely clueless. I can bake pies, cookies, and cakes, but I can’t cook a dinner that requires more than microwaving. FI does all the cooking, every night. He had never cooked before he met me, but on our first date he said “You should let me cook you dinner some time,” so he frantically taught himself and cooked for me on our second date. Since then he’s been learning more and more recipes.
Post # 5
I can cook, grill, and bake about anything. Not a gourmet by any means, just a decent cook. Baking is really my thing. I grew up learning to cook and bake, but grilling I had to learn from exes and Darling Husband, now I am pretty good at it.
Post # 6
I love cooking! I have yet to fail at cooking anything. (Ew, don’t I sound cocky?) But really, come over, I’ll make you dinner!
Post # 7
So jealous of the people that feel like cooking comes to them naturally… I’m good at baking, dessert kind of things mostly. I used to cook a lot more, way before FH and I met, but since then I’ve always lived in houses where I hated the kitchens. Now I’m kind of “rusty” and I feel like I have to relearn everything.
I’m making an effort to look for recipes I like right now, and when FH and I move out, I’ll try them one by one. I’m a huuuuuge fan of casseroles, so I plan to make bigger batches and freeze them in 2-portion sizes. I think I’ll try to take this approach with most things, since I cannot be bothered to cook most days 😀
Post # 8
I’ve been trying to cook more different things but its tough cause I dont really keep my kitchen stocked with enough fresh ingrediants for the random recipes I find and end up defaulting to my usual meal. Stir fry any sort of meat/veggie combo in some kind of asian sauce or curry, or baked fish.
Post # 9
Cooking is my biggest hobby – I can make anything. Typically we rotate our top 10 favorite dishes per week, and I try out one or two new ones. If the new recipe/made up dish is good, we add it to the list on our refrigerator :).
Post # 10
I couldnt put a number on the meals I know by heart. I cook a lot and I cook a lot of different things. When I want something new I will look for a new recipe but once you know the basics and how flavors go together and what method(baking,frying,grilling,steaming etc..) gives you certain results its effortless. I love to try gourmet things. I also come from a family of people who cook , Im Italian and the recipes and homemade family recipes that have been passed down are amazing! I dont bake often because theres only two here at I would be tempted to eat it all, but I enjoy baking.
Post # 11
I can’t really grill very well, that is fiance’s thing. He can’t cook or bake though.
I cook and bake well, though. Everything is gluten free (I have celiac). I also have a smoker (my dad taught me how to do that at a very young age) – luckily, my mom pretty much taught me everything I know in the kitchen.
Tonight, while fiance is out on business for a few days, I made the only three things he won’t touch – rare steak, spaghetti squash & roasted eggplant. YUM.
Post # 12
I’m a natural at cooking and baking. I love them both. There’s time where I have my bad days, but I usually do pretty damn good. =)
I can’t wait to make chicken with garlic sauce and white rice. Mmmm.
Post # 13
Not to toot my own horn but my family has said on more than one occasion that it’s like eating a gourmet restaurant when I cook. Maybe because I think presentation is as important as taste. Plus I jazz up every recipe, including baking. I love to cook/bake and I love to experiment. Not really sure how many dishes I can cook, but so far I haven’t come across anything I couldn’t cook yet.
Post # 14
He won’t touch spaghetti squash?! My husband thinks I’m loony cause I’ve been trying so many new veggies/fruits but spaghetti squash is one he’s totally on board with. Tastes just like regular spaghetti to me when you put the sauce on!
Post # 15
@MapleMoose: My grandfather always tells me I should open up a restaurant. He was even going to pay for me to go to culinary school. I decided it was best to keep it as a hobby than a job. It’s very stressful to work in the kitchen. I learned that from Chef Gordon Ramsey. Hahaha.
Post # 16
I watched my stepmom cook dinner everynight growing up. It taught me a lot! I feel comfortable trying anything. I use allrecipies.com and search for new things, the ratings offer really good tips and changes to the recipies and I haven’t had anything turn out bad from there. I can also go through the cupboards and make up something. I bought a food journal from molskine when I first started dating Fiance and added his ratings to things, very handy when my brain is not being creative. It feels good when I make something he loves! He really loved engagment chicken!