Do you cook? If yes, how often? Do you consider yourself a good cook? Do others consider you a good cook? What's your specialty? For me: I do cook pretty often, I think I'm a great cook, whoever has tried my creations has said that it was amazing, I consider chicken to be my specialty tho my mom said I so kickass potatoes in the oven.
I am the primary cook in my household. I cook every evening and on weekends. I usually do one big family meal on the weekend.
I think I am a reasonably good cook, my mother was a chef and I learnt a lot from her. I have also taken it beyond what she does and she loves coming over to eat at my place.
I have two grills a Big Green Egg smoker grill and a Napolean Natural Gas BBQ. So I grill all year round. I grill anything from Rock Lobster tails to smoked Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce, Side Ribs to perfection, smoked beans, grilled tuna steaks with pineapple mango salsa, dad's stuffed potatoes, etc.,
I also make all my own sauces and gravies from scratch and whenever someone comes over for lunch I have grilled turkey and ham for deli sandwiches. I make salads, vegetable stir fries, sushi handrolls, you name it I have done it.
I make the best cabbage rolls, chili, home comfort foods that most people have tasted.
My specialty is grilling and I sometimes have 10 - 15 people come over if I let everyone know that I am doing side ribs. My ribs take about 8 hours slow smoked. I make my own rubs, and my own BBQ sauces. I normally do smoked baked beans with thick cut smoked bacon, coleslaw and homemade melt in your mouth cornbread. For dessert, banana's flambe with vanilla soft serve ice cream. Like below:
I love to cook because it isn't so specific whereas baking requires you to be accurate and precise and there is no way to correct something once it's in that oven. I do however get a lot of requests and compliments for my baking. I do some really elaborate cupcakes and cookies, but I secretly loath it and leave it for birthday's and holidays. Cooking on the other hand is relaxing to me. I cook probably 5-6 times per week, my favorites being cooking things from other cultures and exposing myself to new spices and vegetables and flavor combinations.
Years ago, when I got my First Place, @performerwannabe, I Used to be the Chef of the Century, where I Cooked Everythign from Soup to Nuts. I never learned at home, for I never was Into Mom showing me, but once on my Own, I Taught myself. However, as time went by, I became Interested in Many other things and Now... Boiling water is an effort. Good luck and Keep Going and Flowing, One day this may pan out for you in your future. xx
Yes I cook. And bake. Others enjoy my cooking. My family loves my baked ziti. I also make good breakfast. I don't cook as often as I used to because my hands get achy quickly thanks to RA. But I enjoy cooking.