I Really Do Love To Cook

I consider myself a pretty decent cook. 

I know lots of short-cuts and secret ingredients.  I peruse new recipes almost daily, but I never actually use them.  Recipes inspire me...  inspire me to do it "my way."  I love to create a dish with what I've got.  Luckily, I have a house full of four males who are always ready to eat anything.  The fun is in the creation.

This is why I don't like baking.  Everything has to be measured and exact.  That's no fun.   I use mixes, pre-made pie crusts, anything in a box for baking.  Or in a tube.  My kids and their friends think I'm the next Julia Child,  everytime I open a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. 

Betty Crocker meets Jackson Pollock.

Lilt Lilt
20 Responses Mar 8, 2010

you don't need flour to make a crust, you can also use almonds, dates and coconut. It would taste SOOOO much better, and wouldn't leave you feeling bloated. Besides, the stuff INSIDE the pie is usually better than OUTSIDE the pie (speaking of baking of course). For example, pecan pie, turtle pie, chocolate pie, strawberry-rhubarb pie, ..... Or, as Garrison Keillor says so eloquently on Prairie Home Companion, "Bee bop, a ree bop, a rhubarb pie". Couldn't have said it any better, Garrison!

Sooper, what's so hard about the whole leaves? I just experimented and they came off beautifully. <br />
Just cut around the core and pull off in the la<x>yers.

Fun is an excellent flavor, Eight. <br />
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Chorizo...good idea

hmmm...could I try that with a spicy sausage? Do you simmer them in some sauce?


Tell us more...<br />
what do you roll up in the cabbage?

You are too kind, Penguin.<br />
I recently tried the ultimate fake and bake recipe. If you like a nice, rare roast beef...this is it. <br />
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3-4lb eye of round roast<br />
Rub it with seasonings, I used Kitchen Bouquet and Spike<br />
Roast at 500 degrees for 7 minutes per pound, do NOT add water to the pan<br />
Then, turn the oven off and do nothing for 2 1/2 hours. Don't even open the oven door!<br />
You can warm up the roast at the end for about 20 min. @ 350<br />
Get out your best knife and slice VERY thin.<br />
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If cooking is truly an art, this dish would have to be considered a minimalist work.

you should have a cooking blog. You're funny and smart.

Yes, that's what I do, I try to use up what I have available. Like the other day I made Veal. I had some sauteed onions and green bean salad left over from 2 other previous meals. I added them to the pan to warm them up together. Then while they rested, I deglazed the pan with Sherry. It was delicious. <br />
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The only way to jazz up baking is to try different spices like in pies for example. Like for an apple pie you could try different kind of apples or add another fruit, nuts, dried cranberry's that would go just fine with the existing recipe. And yes, for baking since its all about that chemical balance, I use a basic recipe that I follow.

funny... betty crocker meets jackson pollock

Hangs out in Lilts kitchen, sit quiet and alwaits the feast, Oh brings toy of course hostess gift!

I don't know, unobserver, I have a feeling Paula Deen could make a crust that would knock my socks off.

Baking is by far the messiest of the culinary arts. Pie crusts leave flour everywhere, and-if you do them right-are barely noticed in the eating process anyway.

I never turn away anyone who's hungry, especially cute little pugs.

what a coincidence I love to be feed, ok and walked but fed too!

In a bread machine or in the oven?

It's Andy Warhol when I open up a can of Cambell's tomato soup and heat for 15 minutes of fame.<br />
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Sappy, I think you are absorbing magic skills. Reading recipes gives you lots of ideas.

I'm sorry but I must disagree. I don't care if it comes out of a box. I still consider it baking. The same with cooking. I have lots of cook books and I enjoy reading recipes but I don't know why. Maybe I'm hoping I'll magically absorb the necessary skills ... lol.

I like cooking, but I love to bake! It is very rewarding to see the chocolate chip cookies that were so lovingly baked end up as eyes for a snowman! lol!!!

Hehehe ...BC meets JP.... <br />
That's where the real fun is...I'm not such a great cook but I love to put interesting things together...spices and herbs,,,<br />
hmmm got a new special Lilt?