What is your specialty?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
March 14, 2009 7:05am CST
I think that everyone has one thing that they think is their "specialty" where cooking is concerned. I think my specialty is eggs. I can cook them almost anyway and most of the time they turm out pretty good. What is your specialty? If you don't have one what is someone elses specialty you enjot having?
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
14 Mar 09
hello jenintn i guess that my specialty would have to be baking and decorating homemade cakes of any kind possible. i have a bunch of different pictures on my profile page around here at Mylot if you'd like to go look at them. a few years ago, i went to the Wilton Way of Cake Decorating classes, and i went to Course One of the classes, and i had so much fun in going. plus i learned so many new things going to the cake classes and i had a man instructor and he was nice as well. i sometimes will make a cake for somebody for sell. i have a cake order coming up at the end of this month that some lady where that my brother works for, wants me to bake her a birthday cake. whoo hoo! that will be somemore extra money that i will earn for myself. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
That's a terrific specialty! I would love to be able to decorate cakes. I know a lady that has a small business in which she also bakes cakes for people on the side of her regular job. She does quite well. You should consider a business for yourself especially if it's something you really enjoy! Thanks for responding and take care.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
I checked out those cakes on your profile page and they were amazing! You are very talented.
@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
15 Mar 09
thanks. that is one of my hobbies that i truly enjoy and i wish that i could get more cake orders than i do. thanks for looking at the cakes that i have made!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Mar 09
i get alot of compliments on my homemade soup. i don't have a recipe just put everything but the kitchen sink in it. i carry it alot to friends wheen they are sick. my kids love my chicken & dressing to.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Heyya jo! Nothing better than a soup with eveything but the kitchen sink in it! The best recipes for specialties are often the ones that come naturally from our head. I like chicken and dressing too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
14 Mar 09
dressing is one of my faves.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Mar 09
My mom made my dad's spagetti wonderfully. She also made a friend of the families lasanga terrifically, and had this recipe from a place that was called "College Inn" in Houston (now gone) for CHEESECAKE! I can't say mom did anything of her own that great - since I don't know what was her own, but she kept the family fed and happy. I really loved her boiled ham, cabbage and potato dinners.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
As long as you cook it well...who cares where it come from to begin with..lol...I would have loved that cheesecake for sure! Thanks for responding.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
14 Mar 09
the Cheesecake Factory has the closest - and it is very close indeed - to mom's
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• United States
14 Mar 09
My specialty is my kolaches. It's a family recipe handed down from my great grandmother and her family. I make them once year at the Yule (Christmas). Each year my goal is to make them even more flakey. Namaste-Anora
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Oh..nothing better than a family recipe that's been passed down. Sounds like a great treat for Christmas. Thanks Anora.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Mar 09
My family and I were just talking about this the other day. I am the one in the family that is know for deserts and sweet treats. My sister is the queen of tossing crap together to see what she gets. One of my brothers is the Cajun cook in the family. He likes to cook all things Cajun. I have another brother that is king of the casserole He loves to make casseroles because he can eat them in front of the computer.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Sounds like a wonderfully blended family to be in suring dinner time..lol..I love cajun food. Gumbo and that spaghetti with chicken in it..yumm.. I like casseroles too..and sweets! Maybe I can come visit..lol
@savypat (20246)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Mine is potato salad. It took me years to learn and when i did I never looked back. Family loves it and anytime I take to pot lucks every one lines up for a taste.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Oh..I love potato salad! I hear it takes two days to make a good potato salad. Thanks for responding savypat!
@missybear (11396)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I think I make some darn good Spaghetti and Meat Sauce. Everybody likes it. Other then that my honey is the real cook around here.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
14 Mar 09
LOL..same with me missy. The honey is the cook the majority of the time. Thanks for the response.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
17 Mar 09
I can also cook eggs in different forms, be it (stuffed) omelletes, scrambled eggs, half boiled eggs or full boiled eggs or egg curry, however, I do it, when my better half is busy or not around, otherwise, she is there to look after the kitchen department.....LOL!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Hi dpk! I really like eggs and there are so many ways to cook them! Thanks for responding!
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
17 Mar 09
Please let me know the recipe of your favourite egg dish.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I like a dish called Quiche. It is a mixture of egg,cheese,spinach,ham or bacon,and sometimes pepper and onions. I pour it in a pie crust and bake it . It is great!
• Australia
15 Mar 09
When I was cooking professionally, I had two dishes that could be considered specialties: parmagiana, either beef or chicken, and steak and kidney pie. With the latter, at one job people would ring through for a booking and put in an order for x pies, since I rarely cooked more than a dozen or so each night. I made them from the offcuts of the butts of beef I would butcher for my steak dishes, so they had bits of all the good cuts of meat. Lash
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Heyya Lash! Sounds like you are a great cook. I'd like to try one of those pies for sure! Thanks for the response and I hope you have been well.
• Australia
17 Mar 09
The secret to the parmagiana is in the sauce, whcih I put on top of the cooked schnitzel and then top with cheese and grill; some people reverse that order. The sauce is very simple: finely dice an onion, chop up fresh basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme. Cook these off in olive oil with some seasoned pepper, add garlic, then a small can of crushed tomatoes and some chicken stock. Let it simmer for a while to reduce to a thick but still liquid consistency. The best cheese topping is mozzarella. Lash
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Sounds great! I'll have to try and make it sometime...I'll be cooking it for months..lol..Anytime I try something new I always cook them until I perfect them. The family suffers..lol..but only for a while.
@sanuanu (11238)
• India
15 Mar 09
I need to give a deep thinking before I can answer your query. Can I think for a day or two before I can answer you? I need this because I don't remember what exactly I can even cook. Specialty is far away from thinking. Let me see, I can cook rice, pulse and chapati. I think my specialty is with Chapati because when i was in New Delhi, I used to make chapati while other things were done by my room partner.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
You can take as much time as you need my friend. I'll have to look for this dish Chapati here so I can try it. Thanks for the response.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
16 Mar 09
Then you can go for Idli Dosa and Masala dosa also! These are delicious foods from southern part of India.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Mar 09
I'll write those down and check them out too. I love trying new food.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Hey Jen! I have a few specialty dishes that I make that my friends tell me that they love! I make lasagna, chicken cutlets, chicken paprika, chicken teriyaki with vegetables and a few other dishes that they flip over! I love to cook! My boyfriend is really a picky eater and if he likes something and actually eats it then I know it must be good! Like tomorrow he wants me to make him fried pork chops! He loves my fried pork chops and chicken cutlets! I'm glad he likes something that I make! He loves the lasagna too and he also loves my meat loaf and I have no idea why!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
You must be a wonderful cook Opal! Picky people can be very hard to please so if your pleasing that b/f..your doing great. I really can't wait to come visit you now..LOL..take care and thanks for responding.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
16 Mar 09
Hey Jen, you're more than welcome anytime! Really would love to hang with you! Think we'd have a really great time!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
19 Mar 09
@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
24 Mar 09
I guess mine would be stews and most soups. Cos every time I tried cooking stews and soups, they turn out good. And my family loves it a lot. And the best part of it is? I know how to repeat the dish. Most times I am cooking by feeling. I just add whatever I can find in the fridge and make a dish out of it. And I can never really recall what I put in a dish excepts for stews.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Hi ahgong! Sometimes the best recipes come from the head instead of a recipe book. Some people just have a knack for cooking and you sound like one of them. Thanks for the response!
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@ahgong (10066)
• Singapore
25 Mar 09
I do? Thanks for the compliment my friend!
@zweeb82 (5716)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 09
My specialty is definitely EATING!!!! Especially my wife's cooking!~ HahahaShe love ALL of her cooking!~ Yummy!~
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
LOL...I like eating too. That's my #2 specialty. Thanks for responding.
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@zweeb82 (5716)
• Malaysia
15 Mar 09
Cooking could have been my #2 except that #1 has taken too much of my time, hahaha
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
21 Mar 09
i enjoy in making any nonveg item. i feel good when i put any new variety chicken curry to my guests in my house and if they praise me. i like prawns curries,fish curries and i make good varieties with them. and many of my friends told that i make snacks in a good way and they enjoy a lot ,when i do any snack item. i prepare pakodi's ,bajji's in more varieties and any easy snack if i see in net ,i will make it immediately .as i am indian ,i prepare indian snacks more and like to eat more in evening.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Sounds like you are a great cook with many specialties. I hope to try Indian food but as of now I have not had the chance. I will be trying it as soon as I get the chance. Thanks for the response!
• Philippines
21 Mar 09
I am good in cooking soups and pasta dishes
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Sounds good! I really like soups and pastas. I can doo some pastas but soups I'm not so practiced on. Thanks for the response.
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
17 Mar 09
Hi jen.. I'm not that a great cook, just a passable one.But I guess, my specialty is a dish made of ground pork with chopped potatoes and carrots. The first time I cooked this (I was newly married and totally clueless in the kitchen!), the dish was swimming in oil, both the garlic and onion were almost burned black, and the sauce was a little salty. When my husband ate his first spoonful, he didn't react for a second. Just looked at me and swallowed hard. Then, he told me it was good but he looked like he was about to throw up! But through the years, I've perfected the dish. And now, not only does my husband love it, but the others too who gets to take a sample of my specialty dish.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
18 Mar 09
LOL..you have a good husband my friend! That's a cute story. I'm glad you've perfected your dish and he likes it now. Take care.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
17 Mar 09
huh? ohhhh Jen thats very difficult hey? well my specialy is i am good cook but most of it i am good in food with sauce
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Heyya bombshell! Food sauces are important to topping off a dish. If you specialize in those I'm sure your meals are great. Thanks for reponding.
@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Mar 09
I loved my grandmothers cooking and so I have tried to capture it. She fixed the best roast dinners. She was quite a baker and I learned to bake bread and cinnamon rolls. She was a naturalist and made home made horse radish and peppermint tea. She made glorified rice and carrots with raisins. Some very good dishes and I am proud to have learned from the best.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
17 Mar 09
Oh..those grandmothers are the best! They have been cooking fo years and know all the tricks. Thanks for responding.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
16 Mar 09
I love to cook and I think my specialties are soups. I can make a soup out of almost anything. I use all my leftovers for soups too. I just add some broth, whether it is chicken or beef or pork depends on what kinds of leftovers I have. When I cook a chicken or turkey I use absolutely every part of it. I will roast it and then after we have our meal, usually two days of meals, the rest gets taken off of the bones and made into a chicken salad and the bones are used for making a soup. I even throw in leftover mashed potatoes in my soups. It makes them a little thicker. I also make to die for, cabbage rolls. I made about 10 dozen of them last sunday and I froze about 20 meals out of them. I put about 6 in a meal because there is just my daughter and I. I also make them pretty big. I use rice and lean hamburger meat and bacon, in mine, as well as spices and onions.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
16 Mar 09
Wow! That sounds awesome! Very frugal at the same time. Not only are you making awesome meals but you are saving money at the same time. Thanks so much for the input! I'll have to try that mashed potato trick. I hope you don't mind.
• United States
15 Mar 09
I don't know that I really have a "specialty". But does stretching whatever we have into something good count? ;) My hubby's specialty are omlets. He makes the most perfect omlets, I tease him and tell him he should open up an omlet shop *LOL*
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Hi 3SnuggleBunnies! Oh yes that surely counts! Sometimes you can come up with some great meals just whipping something together. That hubby of yours should try something like a omlet shop..I love omlets and almost evryone I know does too. Thanks for responding and take care.