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Old 03-04-2005, 05:57 PM   #1
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What style of cooking or technique haven't you mastered yet that you want to learn?

For me it's the following:

better knife skills
French sauces

to name two, for a start

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Old 03-04-2005, 07:29 PM   #2
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Roasting might be next on my list. I have not done a lot of that and would like to start doing more.
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Old 03-04-2005, 07:51 PM   #3
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I can look at a recipe and change it so
that I like it better.

I'd like to be able to just throw things together with
out a recipe in front of me.

And I really want to learn to make sushi
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Old 03-05-2005, 02:12 AM   #5
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I really don't think, as much as I love to cook, that I've "mastered" anything.

There are certain things I'm comfortable with, but always feel that the final result could have been better if.... and next time I might try....

So... there are so many wonderful foods and combinations of ingredients out there... and, even though some of my friends and relatives might think I'm pretty accomplished, there will always be so much more... even in the things that I already (am seen to) do well. I'm pretty self-critical.

(that said... it's not like I don't ENJOY my food. I'm just always looking for ways to improve)

I guess the thing I'm currently most intrigued about is learning to smoke meat. I'm a good 'griller' but I think smoking is the "next level", and it's something I've never tried.
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Old 03-05-2005, 04:42 AM   #6
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Canning!

Also, I've sort of mastered the fundamentals of breadmaking, but I'd like to improve my skills to the point that I can trust the loaves/rolls/biscuits have come out well, without having to cut into one and eat it to make sure before serving them.

And I would love to master the trick of pressing the surface of meat to determine its degree of doneness. Still can't do that.


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im with pds, I would love to just throw things together and it become a meal
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:08 AM   #8
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My daughter wants to make sushi. Her birthday was Thursday. no time then, but did promise we will do that during the next chool vacation. Or perhaps for Easter as we have 4 days off then.

Has anybody ever made their own?

Pam

ps I also want to make my own tortellini. I have made ravioli and think tortellini would be fun.
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Old 03-05-2005, 10:15 AM   #9
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I made sushi once. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work. It would be a great thing to do with a bunch of people.

Here are some pictures of my sushi making experience.
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Cats, I'm with you on all 3 of those!! I'm planning on trying my hand at canning some things this summer(pickled okra is at the top of my list). The only thing I have ever done that is even in that area is freezer jam. It turned out beautiful as well as delicious. I'm going to talk my mom into helping me when I start the acctual canning though. She's done it for years & has put up some beautiful stuff. Plus she has all the equitment & won't have to buy anything other than spices & stuff.

On the bread, I'm slowly getting started on that. I can use my bread machine fine but I want to make some by hand too.

With the doneness of meat trick, I'm getting better at that. But not quite there yet. I still depend mostly on my thermometer.

Other than those things, I need to work on my knife skills. I can't chop an onion or slice a tomato worth anything. But, I keep trying & I can see improvement with each one.
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