I don't like to cook. Nope, not at all.I think a LOT of my dislike of cooking comes from my lack of confidence in my cooking skills.My "skills", term used e.x.t.r.e.m.e.l.y. loosely. When I first got married my Mr. used to say, "What are we having for burnt offerings, I mean dinner tonight?" That was a pretty true statement.
I WANT to learn how to cook. Now that I am home full time, I am taking this opportunity to learn how to cook more. I am going to post some recipes I like and am going to try to make this year.
Prime Rib. My family loves prime rib but I just don't know how to do it. I have a friend and her hubby is the prime rib king of their house. Here is the tutorial I want to use to make my prime rib. A lot of the other sides she has looks amazing, so I might make one or two of those as well.
Tamales. I am going to use this recipe. She is my friend and happens to be an AMAZING cook! I know her recipes are good. I am so excited. I LOVE love LOVE tamales so I better learn to make these!
Gumbo. I love the idea of Gumbo but have never had it. I love that it has so many veggies in it. I think this is the recipe I will try. Unless anyone has a better recipe.
Jambalaya. I tried a recipe yesterday, it was so-so. I didn't put shrimp in it because I am the only in my family that likes shrimp. I meant to cook it on the side later but got home too late and forgot. This one looks way better than the one I tried. I wonder if I could make it with Quinoa.
I want to learn to incorporate more veggies into my meals without it being veggies and dip or just steamed broccoli. I want my side dishes to be fun and exciting where they are full of veggies and healthy but not boring. Where my kids will learn to love veggies. Maybe I will too!
I want to learn more about gluten free baking. Not that I am going gluten free or have to, just want to learn how to do it. I have family members in my extended family and want to be able to bake something for them that they can enjoy when we get together. I want to be able to learn how to properly make my own gluten free dough mix. I want to understand more about what the differences are in flours. Not all flours "act" the same as the flour your buy in the store, so I have been told. I want to understand the difference between flours.
I want to learn more about soaking my foods for a better quality food before we eat them. Soaking nuts, grains, stuff like that. How to make soaked tortillas sounds interesting to me. The first time I saw it was here. They LOOK so good and healthy.
I want to learn to make my own pasta! Seriously, doesn't this sound fun! To me it does. Quinoa pasta sounds AMAZING! I have never had it before but want to try it and learn to make it!
Most importantly, I want to learn to bake, decorate, cook and clean with my family in the kitchen! I want my kids to know how to make a proper meal. I want them to be more confident in the kitchen. L has been baking once a week. It is wonderful to be able to watch him grow and develop. He is becoming quite the foodie :) That makes me happy!
What are some recipes you didn't know how to make but taught yourselves? What are some of your favorite family meals?