Cooking...Do you do it and if you have, what's the best meal you've ever cooked?

United States
March 13, 2007 5:25pm CST
Pretty soon, I'm going to be moving out into my own apartment(due to a variety of issues) and as such will not get cooked meals anymore. That means I have to learn how to cook and thus will need to make my own meals. Has anyone here learned how to cook? If so, do you cook generally well? Is it easy? And for the chefs out there, what's the best meal you've cooked? The one where your family just says "WOW"?
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I grew up away from the kitchen and therefore had no clue how to cook. When I got married, I realized that I have one major dilemma. After eating out almost every night my hubby started to develop hypertension. That's when I realized I have to learn how to cook healthy meals if I want to keep him well. At first it was hilarious. He would take one look at my poor attempts and would suggest take out. But as I persevered, I got better. Now, I'm proud to say that he have difficulty eating other people's food after having gotten used to my cooking. Furthermore, I learned to enjoy the task and have become more creative as I got more confident with my skills. There are different ways to learn how to cook and you can pick your choice. For me, I studied recipes and experimented with them. I'm was not an intuitive cook, and I followed instructions to the tee for a while. After gaining some experience, I was able to let go of the recipe books and start experimenting on my own. May you find joy in cooking just like I did.
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Thanks for choosing my answer as best response.
• United States
14 Mar 07
If you have a slow cooker here is one of the easiest main dishes I've ever made. I use slice pork tenderloin (about 1/2" thick), but you can use pork chops too. Be sure you trim all the fat and any bones off the meat and through them out. I usually put about 8 pieces in the pot raw. To this I add about 1/2 cup spicy bbq like Gates BBQ or something that has a chili base to it, and 1/2 cup KC Masterpiece BBQ, this is sweet. Make sure bbq gets on the front and back of the meat. You can add a little water if the sauce starts to dry out. Cook on high for 4 hours and you will have some of the best bbq you have ever had. If you have a smaller slow cooker you could probably do 2 to 4 pieces of meat for an individual. Remember this it makes great left overs too.
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@Jennifer21 (2476)
• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes I can cook. I had to teach myself when I got married. I have become pretty good I think. I like to cook chicken the most. I have cooked whole chickens and I think that is my best. I love to bake too and I do that well also.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I do cook, and have since I was small. I can not imagine not knowing how to cook. I was generally self taught. If you eat enough of something, you know how it tastes and it just seems to come natural after awhile. I do have the reputation of being a great cook. My best dish would be my chicken and dumplings, fried chicken, or swedish meatballs. I generally try to avoid fast food. You never know exactly how clean anything is unless you prepare it yourself, and I know how I like my food better than anyone else. My tip to you would be to invest in the premade dinner kits such as the viola brands or crockpot classics, they are delicious, take very little attention and are for the most part pretty simple. Many products such as Campbell's and Kraft offer recipe ideas on the backs of their packages. I love to try new ideas to jazz up old favorites. Just follow the directions on the box. If all else fails, many people were raised on Betty Crocker and Captain Ben's and they turned out just fine. :)
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• India
18 Mar 07
i cook non veg meals...the best one i hve ever cooked is mutton and chicken....butter chicken mainly...
• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes, I cook for my family & friends. LOL. I'm not a Chef. Just a momma. ;) My hubby really liked the anniversary dinner I made for him this past January. (you can see pictures in my pictures). I made him steak with mushrooms, baked potatoes with real butter & sour cream, and fried corn (it tastes like corn on the cob without the cob). I also made him desserts. My family really likes my fried chicken. My best advise to you would be to buy yourself a crock pot. A crock pot makes life sooo much easier. You can cook a whole meal, while you are gone. Get you a roast (beef or pork) rinse it off & place it in your crock pot. Add peeled, rinsed off, & cit up potatoes (leave them in kinda big chunks). Add carrots (get a bag of baby carrots, then just rinse them off & add to your crock pot). Add onions, peel, rinse off, & cut into 4 pieces. Turn it on low around 8 or 9 am, or earlier. around 5 or 6 pm, you can eat your dinner. Leftovers, use next 2 days. After you have eaten your fill, break the meat that's left up really good. Add cans of mixed vegs & cans of diced tomatoes. Then you have homemade veg soup. You add whatever spices you like to your roast, before you start cooking. Hope this helps you.