Do you cook? What's your specialty?

@kareendj (254)
Philippines
January 27, 2010 4:22am CST
Whenever I have the time, I like cooking for my family. My specialty would have to be lasagna. It actually took me two or three years before I perfected my recipe. Before, it always turned too saucy. Haha! Anyway, I cook my tomato sauce separately from the beef. In a separate pan, I brown the beef together with lots of onion and garlic and a bay leaf. In some parts of Italy, they have another layer for the lasagna using the ff: ricotta, eggs, spinach. With my recipe, I use cream cheese and a mixture of herbs. Heavy, yes but HEAVENLY!!! :)) How about you guys? What's your specialty?
4 responses
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
Ooohh I do not cook! I bake, and make dessert, but I do not cook meals. But someday I hope to learn, one dish at a time. Food bloggers are definitely an inspiration. Specially when I watched Julie & Julia too... Maybe I should start with pasta, but lasagna sounds a little tooo complicated for me to begin with. :)
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
Hi verabear! Cooking simple pasta dishes would be a great start to learn how to cook. Lasagna can be next once you get the hang of it. Baking! That's actually my weakness. Haha! What's your specialty? I tend to have difficulty measuring ingredients. I guess I'm a little impatient about it. Haha!
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
My specialty? I would have to say it would be my brownies, the cinnies (mini cinnamon rolls) i recently learned to make, and the no-bake chocolate oreo truffles. I used to bake chocolate cake and cupcakes too. i haven't had a lot of practice but I'll be getting back to it soon enough. thanks for the encouragement!
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
Brownies? Chewy and moist??? ooohh, making me hungry now. Cinnies? Haha, such a cute name. I've actually watched bakers prepare the cinnamon rolls and they seem to be a lot pf hardwork. kudos to you!!!
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Well I do make a mean lasagna (a few different kinds actually) but I have never tried it with cream cheese. Sounds kinda heavy too but interesting. I cannot truly say I have a specialty though. Italian cooking comes easy to me. I dabble in Caribbean, Asian (Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian), or just some good old American Soul Food. I am always on the look out for new exciting recipes to try out as well... I'd have to say now one of my favorite crowd pleasers recently has been my Salmon Croquettes with Cheese. Its a lot of work but well worth it. Two 12 oz cans of salmon drained and de-boned 4 large potatoes Table spoon vinegar half cup milk pepper to season Camembert cheese (or whichever u prefer Camembert melts really nice) cut into small cubes Onion (1 small) Oil for frying 1 egg lightly beaten eggs Basically boil potatoes and mash with milk. I have a mortar and pistil I grind the salmon down fine as possible chop some onion in there real fine. Combine with potatoes, vinegar, beaten egg, pepper. Form the mixture into patties like hamburgers, working a piece of cheese into the center, making sure it is completely encased. Store in fridge for two hours (you can skip this step but the patties are easier to cook when you do this). Now you will need 3 bowls for your breading station. One for flour, seasoned with a little pepper, one for egg wash, and one for breadcrumbs (whichever you prefer, I usually make my own). You want to take a patty, coat it with flour, dip in egg wash (shaking off excess), and then into breadcrumbs (coating completely). Add them to pan with hot oil they should be covered halfway. Fry until golden brown and flip. This recipe should make about 12-16 croquettes and they are so delicious!!! The cheese inside is the surprise they never expect and it justs come oozing out when you cut into these babies. I dare you to try it. I'd keep dijon mustard and hot sauce on hand. Goes well with mac and cheese or a salad. Whew!! Never wrote a recipe down before. Harder than I thought..
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
Thanks for sharing your recipe. Croquettes!!! Sounds yummy... such a tedious thing to do though.
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• India
27 Jan 10
My cook is my mother and it tastes the best! I know that everyone in this world would say that! I know how to make Hakka Noodles!
@shamsta19 (3225)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Honestly it is a bit tedious to make these but the reward is very satisfying. After I have done it a few times its still hard Lol. Seriously it's not hard to do just a lot of steps. This recipe could be simplified but I am positive it would effect the outcome. I have hundreds more as well....
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
wow.. that sounds really good. I also like cooking, though I don't really have a specialty. Hehehe. I think it's anything for breakfast. I like cooking breakfast food, like different types of omelet. I just love eating breakfast. hehehehe. With the main course though, it's touch and go, sometimes I cook good, sometimes I don't. LOL.
@kareendj (254)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
Thanks for your response. I'm sure you'll be a great cook soon if you just practice and cook more recipes! I love breakfast too! :)) It's like comfort food to me since I seldom get to eat it because I'm always in a hurry.
• Philippines
28 Jan 10
that's true.. there are a lot of people who doesn't eat breakfast, but they just don't know what they're missing. hehehe
@TAZNEM (656)
• Philippines
26 Feb 10
my specialty is pasta with triple meat sauce, i call it the deprssion super spaghetti. cuz i only cook when i feel so bad or is super bored bored bored haha, thanks to mylot i have something to do now