Signature Recipes - What is yours?

United States
November 14, 2009 6:19pm CST
My grandma is the best cook in my family. Boy, when it's supper time you have to fight for a spot at the table. Her food always makes your mouth water! She passed down a few of her recipes to me, and is teaching me all her techniques and ingredients. I'm honored, because out of all 47 grandchildren she chose me. The one recipe she says I've perfected, however, is her infamous chocolate chip cookies. Even the rest of our family says mine taste just like hers! So, is there a recipe that your family handed down to you? Is there a favorite recipe of yours that someone in your family makes? Is there a recipe that you make that everyone knows you for?
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@MJay101 (711)
15 Nov 09
I totally get it - all the recipes that I have in my mind when I think of delicious food are not restaurant recipes, but family recipes. My mum makes the most delicious (homemade) lemon meringue pie. My Nan makes truly scrumptious sticky toffee pudding... (It's a wonder I don't weigh 20 stone!) My signature dish (if I'm allowed one, at the tender age of 24): pork chop with apple in a thick mustard sauce! Also, I make a killer English breakfast.
• United States
15 Nov 09
Ooooh my gosh! The toffee puddding and pork chop recipes sound delicious! And I think anyone is allowed a signature dish - I'm only 18, and even though my recipe is cookies, everyone says they taste fresh from the bakery, so I consider that my best recipe!
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@MJay101 (711)
15 Nov 09
Your recipe wins. It gets the 'sweet tooth' vote! Why is it that the most delicious food is also the most calorific?
• United States
15 Nov 09
Haha! Why thank you! Your recipe wins the "Totally awesome meat" award. And you know, I don't know. I wish I did though, because I'm addicted to sweets!
@anneshirley (1517)
• Philippines
16 Nov 09
I am a kitchen disaster! My mom is a great cook, she loves to experiment on foods but still come up with a delicious meal. She tried to teach me and my 2 sisters but unfortunately, I am not fitted to be a cook. I gave up trying to be a best cook but I can still cook my favorite dish. It is the only food I perfected and I can cook it without help from anybody. Even though I am not a good cook, I am a good in making deserts so whenever there is party in the house, my sisters and mom will take care of the main course while I be the one in charge of deserts.
• United States
16 Nov 09
Haha! Well dessert is always a good thing to be good at making. Because what does everyone crave after a good meal? A good sweet! That's similar to me - I've just started cooking, but I've been baking with my mom since I was really young so I've perfected a lot of sweets! Slowly I'm learning to cook though.
@TrvlArrngr (4058)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Mine seems to change. When I lived in Florida it was my Rum Cake. Now it is my Mexican pinwheel appetizers. Funny how that happens.
• United States
16 Nov 09
Haha, I can see how that happens. My cousin always said her cheesecake was her best recipe, but after she moved to California it became her homemade salsa salad. Rum cake also sounds good!
• United States
15 Nov 09
My hubby absolutely LOVES my spaghetti! Instead of making meatballs, I just brown the ground beef and add it to my spaghetti sauce, along with italian stewed tomatoes and mushrooms. According to him, it's JAMMIN'!! :D
• United States
15 Nov 09
Oh my gosh! I do [almost] the same thing! I brown the ground beef, pour the spaghetti sauce into the pan, add mushrooms and black olives, and before I cook the pasta I add a little salt to the water, to give the noodles some flavor. That's awesome! Haha, I'll bet yours is better though, because I'm a baking kind of girl, and I just started actual cooking about a year ago.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I don't think I really have signature dishes...I have chocolate chip cookies that I make for Hubby and he prefers them to store bought or bakery bought. I also make mashed potatoes for all the family gatherings b/c my Mom loves mine. Whenever I make Lasagna I usually have to make two b/c my Mom always asks for one for them. Other than that I just make dishes like roasted chicken and potatoes, cuban bread and many others. [b]~~I AM WHO I AM~~ **STANDING STRONG IN MY BELIEFS**[/b]
• United States
15 Nov 09
That's awesome that your mom always wants one of your lasagnas! I personally don't like potatoes, but the cuban bread sounds interesting. My boyfriend loves my homemade cookies, especially my peanut butter cookies. He's always asking me to make them. My mom loves my monster cookies - she always offers to buy the ingredients for me if I make her some!
@coffeeshot (3786)
• Australia
15 Nov 09
I guess my mother has handed down her famous spaghetti bolognese recipe to me (it's really good!) but I am not vegetarian so I replace the mince with TVP- texttured vegetable protein. It tastes just the same and is awesome and healthy. Everyone else in my family are meat eaters but whenever I cook my Vegie loaf they get stuck into it like vultures! The ingredients are lentils, egg replacer, garlic, tomato sauce, curry and mustard powder, onion and grated carrot. It tastes great, is easy to make and is super healthy.
• United States
15 Nov 09
Oooh, that sounds really good! I'm a meat-eater too, though I'm trying to eat healthier, and I can see myself loving that!
@jzeL0291 (24)
• Philippines
15 Nov 09
me being a nurse my father so amaze that i cook so good and all the food i cooked they really like it even my friends but that is just mine i dont really have a recipe from my family. i just really love to cook but for others not for me...i prefer to eat food made by the others not mine ...i dont know but i just feel so happy when other loves the food i cooked but i dont know why they really like all the food i make but me on my self i dont like eating my own cooked food...maybe that is just my principle..but that makes me happy cooking food for others not for me
• United States
15 Nov 09
I love that feeling too. That feeling of when people taste your food and love it, it just gives me a warm feeling, makes me feel proud. You're a nurse? That's really cool! I'm surprised you have time to cook! Here nurses work long days and rarely get time off.
@redkathy (3379)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I was handed down the tradition of Christmas Eve dinner. I prepare seven different fish dishes, all Italian. Some are combined with sauces to serve over pasta, some fried, and one baked. There are more than seven recipes but two of them are always served. One is spaghetti with anchovy and oil and the other is a salad with vegetables and dried cod. I have perfected both of these. Every year they look forward to this meal, and are so thankful that I learned how to prepare it. I do this as a gift to them and in memory of my mother. You see my mother and grandmother are both gone now. Do continue to learn all that you can in order to carry on the wonderful foods of your family, you will be happy and thankful that you learned it.
• United States
15 Nov 09
I'm so happy you learned those recipes for your family, that's what I'm trying to do for my own family. The salad with veggies and cod sounds delicious!
• United States
15 Nov 09
I love chicken. I love BBQ chicken an I loved fried chicken. So my signature recipe is fried BBQ chicken, I learned how to make it when I lived in the south. There is truely nothing like it, everyone should try it. Becareful though, it's a very high fat high calorie recipe that is full of flavor so everyone on a diet shouldn't try this. You will fall in love with it.
• United States
15 Nov 09
Oh I loved fried chicken! And BBQ too! That sounds so good...! I should probably stay away from it though, since I'm a diet-type-thing. Haha!
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
15 Nov 09
Well, so I heard I make great pasta and grilled chicken :-) My grandparents didnt hand me down any recipes but I hope my Mom would. She's a great cook herself and like your grandma, people rush to the dining table every time she cooks.
• United States
15 Nov 09
Oooh, I love pasta and chicken! My grandma makes something like that, but she adds corn and some sauce that she has yet to teach me. Someday though... I will learn. I get my recipes from my grandma because my mom doesn't cook, she's disabled and it's hard for her.
16 Nov 09
the signature recipe of my family is a whole meat of pork hamonada, but my own signature recipe is my style sisig of pure pork meat with no fat.
@snowy22315 (32975)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I dont really have one. I make a pretty good meatloaf but I wouldnt say it;s my signature dish. I just think there are some things that are better than others and my signature dish is one that you would make over and over again. I think most of the things that I make are pretty good though. I am a decent cook.