Favorite meals/items you learned to make in 2010?

United States
January 2, 2011 11:44am CST
I've about perfected how to make fried rice. And one of the surprise hits was learning how to make Pancit! And I got that idea from a poster here on myLot and with cabbage being fairly inexpensive right now + filling it's ideal! I've also learned how to make some delicious blueberry muffins that the kids have been begging to make today so they can snack on them. What new meal or item have you learned to make in 2010 that was a hit with your household or guests? How often do you make the item? Or is it such a hit you make it nearly every week?
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• United States
2 Jan 11
Actually I began re-explorin cooking in 2010! I made my own cookies (soft ginger are my favs!) and my own tortillas. But I have discovered muffins! They are so versatille. You can make plain ones and eat like bread, add cinamon and make it a treat, add fruit and nuts and make 'em healthier!
• United States
2 Jan 11
Did you find a recipe then for the muffins where you just have a basic muffin and then you can change in the various fruit & or nuts? I've never tried to make my own tortillas. Do you make yours flour or corn? w/ or w/o a press?
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• United States
2 Jan 11
I used recipe from Jillian Michaels for a few times. But today I found a real basic one that I can just add different things too. They turned out real good. didn't know there was a "press" for tortillas! I don't even have a rolling pin so I used my hands and a can to roll them out thin! I used wheat flour
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@Hatley (164354)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jan 11
hi snuggle and mac I was just remembering how I used to make the best baking powder biscuits that were so light and just good, but the last time, maybe from the stress of being evicted and all, I made biscuits and they were so heavy and just plain awful. My adult son teased me by flying one like a frisbee, lol.
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• United States
2 Jan 11
Being Puerto Rican my all time dishes are always Puerto Rican, although I am also great with Italian dishes. But this year I learned how to make tandoori chicken. Oh my goodness I can't begin to tell you how many of them I made through out the year and it was finger licking good.
• United States
2 Jan 11
I'd love it if you'd share any of your favorite dishes that are Puerto Rican. Always looking for something new to try that maybe the kids would enjoy... especially with inexpensive items if possible.
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Baked bacon.. LOL. I had never baked bacon before, and someone on here suggested it awhile back.. so I tried it earlier in the year. Let me tell you we haven't fried bacon since!
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• United States
2 Jan 11
I think I may of seen that one too. I haven't tried it yet, obviously. We don't eat much bacon around here.
@dragon54u (31653)
• United States
2 Jan 11
I love the roll-ups that I see at the store with ham or other meat, onions, lettuce and cream cheese. I found Lavash, which is like a very thin, rectangular tortilla but a lot less calories. Spread the low-fat cream cheese, scallions followed by lettuce and meat or whatever, roll up and slice. Delicious! Especially when you toast them so they're crispy. I usually rely on my old standards, the same stuff I made for my family when I was married, but for two people than I freeze the other portion. That cuts my cooking in half and I always have something homemade without chemicals and preservatives ready to take out and heat up.
• United States
2 Jan 11
Those sound pretty good Dragon. The kids made their own wraps this morning w/ leftover ham, mayo and some cheese. I dunno they didn't eat all of it as usual but insist on making such things. *sigh* I wish I would of seen your post sooner and could of made it with cream cheese instead & perhaps that would of gone over better. That is very wise of you to make portions of your favorite meals to freeze. I wish my in-laws would think that way. As it was when they got sick it was all we could do to convince them to learn to use their microwave!!!! So they could make a hot meal with minimal effort you know even a can of soup.
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
2 Jan 11
You actually just made me realize that I did not make anything really new this year. I depended on tried and true recipes most of the year. The only thing I can think of that I made that was new to us was a low calorie low fat fried rice dish where you use lots of carrots, onions, and peas. I think I need to work harder this year and start making some new things. Thank you for helping me realize that.
• United States
2 Jan 11
We all come to a point where we realize that we haven't made anything new in a long while. Or that nothing in the fridge or pantry looks appetizing as it once did. This section of myLot is a nice spot to find new ideas from many cultures.
@SomeCowgirl (32265)
• United States
3 Jul 11
I am trying to think of something that sounds imrpessive that I had learned to make but I can't think of anything. To be quite honest I guess I have the cooking gene in me but I don't practice it at all. I don't have the money too or trust me I would. This is 2011 now and this year I learned how to make salmon patties which are good as a quick snack.
@camposkat (309)
8 Jan 11
Hi SnuggleBunnies! I love cooking and eating fried rice and pancit too! What I learned this year are mostly English meals such as Shepherd's pie and yorkshire pudding. Since my fiance is British, he cooks English meals from time to time as I cook him Filipino dishes too. We share the burden of cooking and preparing meals everyday. I haven't tried serving it to others yet but I know that when me and my fiance goes to the Philippines, they'll love the Shepherd's pie I'll cook them.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Well, ours would most definitely be homemade pizza. Our family has always been huge fans of pizza and when we decided last year that we were going to save as much money as possible, we had to learn to make pizza at home because the kids would not have been happy at all to not be able to ever eat pizza. One thing that I think is really funny about making homemade pizza is that I can never make it twice and have it taste the same as the way that it did the last time.
@dawnald (84142)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 11
Not too exciting, I learned how to cook chard and eggplant...
@ElicBxn (60907)
• United States
4 Jan 11
we started making stir fry this year, and its pretty dog gone good!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
4 Jan 11
It's just me and my husband and since for the previous 2 years he was on a job out of town and eat out for every meal at any resturant he wanted at any price he wanted (he was in Las Vegas building a casino before it all crashed) and this last year he came home and thinks my cooking is just this side of road-kill...I have used that to my benefit. I like cooking but can live just fine without it too, so in 2010 I learned how to order off a menu! I love it!
@aurorastorm (1136)
• United States
3 Jan 11
The thing I learned how to make that everyone really loves is lasagna in the crock pot. It is fairly easy and serves a lot of people. My husband really likes it because it does not dry out when you recook the leftovers.
• India
3 Jan 11
I started cooking from 2009 November since I got married. :) So learnt lot of things. But then just not cooking, I learnt to cook them faster. Since both of us are working we both leave home by 9 so need to cook and pack the lunch box within 8 45 or so in the morning. Cooking isnt difficult but just that the other small stuff that we need to are tougher. Right from cutting vegetable to cleaning things after cooking are the ones that eat time. Since we got married there were many guests whome we invited. The toughest when there were 6 of them to have lunch. But I could manage it. But then I am not foodie and do not like cooking much. We have finally appointed a cook at home. It is now relaxing and we have time for each other and also I get to sleep more than I used. Anyways hatsoff to people who love to cook. I never enjoyed cooking much though I cooked well (thats what my husband said :P)
• Germany
3 Jan 11
Honestly, i have learnt a lot of meals in 2010 as i moved to Germany with my husband half a year ago. I missed our hometown food so much since i cannot get them in Germany. So i only can learn cooking from recipes or cooking video found on internet. In 2010, i have also learnt to cook some western food like mustard drumstick spaghetti, schnitzel, baked toast bread, and salat. My husband said they are quite nice. Also, i also learnt to make curry chicken, but i only cooked twice as my husband cannot eat spicy food :-( I am the person who likes to eat spicy food, oh....i really miss my hometown food now. But luckily, there are many cooking videos available online. I learned the chinese food like sweet and sour chicken (haha..i never thought i can cook so well , cos the taste is almost the same like in restaurant, although i did not make the meat so crispy like they should be). Now i can also cook very good fried rice, noodle soup and some chinese style soup.
@bunnybon7 (39342)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jan 11
well since ive had to go back to sharing the cooking, ive learned a new way to make meatlaof with turkey ground. it ends up tasting like stuffing but we like it now and then for a change and ive ran across a recipe for quick fix bisquits that son loves i make now and then.
@Hatley (164354)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jan 11
hi 3Snugglebunnies oh that does sound good, I like good fried rice. Over two years ago just before all hell broke loose and we were rendered homeless, I had learned how to make Shrimp Scampi and even my son, who seldom complimented my cooking said they were delicious. but these past two and a half years I have not been close to a kitchen as everything is done for us save for maybe breathing. I cannot say I appreciate it as it is taking almost all of my social security and ssi checks each month to pay for all this overpampering and why do I need it, I can cook and clean and do my own wash and manage my own medications taking. but here we are treated a bit like pampered imbeciles well that may be over exaggerating it. but to me its taking away my autonomy.,but as long as I have my computer and my son and my bes=t friend I am okay. I do so much miss doing my own cooking. Sorry for the rant. I have made some friends here too and that does help.
@GardenGerty (109013)
• United States
2 Jan 11
It seems I mostly make desserts and breads. I have made cottage cheese herbed bread all year with different seasonings. Lime cookie coolers were good also. Butternut squash soup with chestnuts--healthy, low calorie, satisfying. I have made several new chili recipes, but still like what I make best of all. Loaded baked potato soup was also good.
@Suggar (3611)
• Bulgaria
2 Jan 11
Hello my friend, last year i learned to cook everything what i cooked during the year. Never in my life before i haven't cooked so much as in 2010, because half year ago i moved to live with my boyfriend only. I'm the one who cook at home, since there is no one else who can cook for us. I'm really thankful to my mother that she gave me so many advices for cooking, because everything i know, i know it from her and from my grand mother, every tip about cooking, every recipe, every step in my cooking was made with my mother on the phone, because she is very creative and good cooker.