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Old 05-08-2014, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Chili... okay...

I can cook beans on toast, I can scramble eggs, and I can make a really good hot dog.
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Old 05-08-2014, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, Makiki
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I admit it really makes me feel good when one of my best friend who lives on the Big Island always requests that I make her this Japanese vegetable stew "nishime" when I visit and stay with her.

It's also a big ego stoke when my Mexican friends tell me that the Mexican dishes I cook remind them of their grandmother's cooking. Mexican food sucks in Honolulu, except for maybe one or two restaurants, therefore I had to learn how to cook it myself to feel the same level of satisfaction that I had when I ate in "hole in the wall" Mexican restaurants in California.

I also like to bake and I get positive feedback on my pineapple upside down cake where I substitute the basic butter cake recipe liquid with some pineapple juice and either rum or brandy. My parent's always have me up to their house for Thanksgiving dinner, my job is to bring the pumpkin pie.

The Pearl Harbor Commissary carries this canned eggnog, I think it's Bordens, I'm not sure. But that canned eggnog tastes better than the ones sold in cartons in the refrigerated section. It's so rich and creamy tasting! Anyway I substituted the evaporated milk part of the recipe with that eggnog and used less sugar. My parent's raved about it, and that made me feel good.

Cooking is one of my passions, but being single I have to carefully plan what I'm going to cook for the week because I hate (and feel really guilty about) wasting food.

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Old 05-08-2014, 06:07 AM
 
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When necessary, I can put together a good and healthy meal with what is in the fridge. Also make great pies but
seldom do anymore due to sugar limitations.
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Old 05-08-2014, 06:22 AM
 
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My breads are very popular.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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When necessary, I can put together a good and healthy meal with what is in the fridge. Also make great pies but
seldom do anymore due to sugar limitations.
I envy this ability. I'm much better than I used to be but still have a long way to go.
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:49 AM
 
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I envy this ability. I'm much better than I used to be but still have a long way to go.
This is after 35 years and I really didn't know jack squat about cooking when I got married. Would be
more than happy to show you how to make pies (if we lived nearby).
ps-part of the secret is the variety of spices (for meals).

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Old 05-08-2014, 10:57 AM
 
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My husband compliments me on my ability to look in a nearly empty refrigerator and come up with a great meal. People also are impressed with my pie crust. Unfortunately as he now has to be gluten free, I don't make great pie crust anymore. It's not bad, but it's not like my old pie crust.
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Old 05-08-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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I dated a girl a long time ago that seemed to really enjoy all sorts of sex in exotic positions in the kitchen. That was impressive.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Here and there
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Was hashing thru some of my older threads - Severely roughing it.
and was thinking, that one post I responded to, that person impressed me with their outdoor skills.

So, we're all cooks or wanna be cooks here. What's your skill? What can you do that you are proud of , or have had someone tell you, "That's great!" "THIS IS AWESOME!!!" or "Nice Job!"

I make chili that make people stop talking and just eat. Yeah, I do that. Steak and fresh Jalapenos for the win chili. My mom used to say, "You know it's good when you don't hear anyone talking." I can also cut a bird or ham/or debone them at a table without looking like a man with a hacksaw attacking Play-Doh.
Do you care to share your chili recipe??

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I can put together a good meal with whatever happens to be in the house. When I shop I buy the grains, veggies, proteins we like to eat and then put together whatever combination sounds good for that day, I've never been a follow the recipe person. Over the years I've gotten pretty good at butchering but my husband still puts me to shame in that department, it's a skill I'm working on.
This is my skill, too. I rarely buy food based on a specific meal. Instead, I buy chicken, ham, beef, fish, then a bunch of grains, veggies, potatoes, and staples.

Whip up something out of what I have on hand.
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Old 05-08-2014, 03:35 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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A small amount of cinnamon and cocoa is the secret to my chili. That said, I don't think I've ever met a chili I didn't love.
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