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Old 04-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #1
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Each of us have preferences and things we avoid when it comes to cooking a particular food group or style. This thread would get pretty lengthy if we listed everything we could cook, but what I've started off with are just my strengths and weaknesses. For instance:

Strengths:
Breads - I bake some sort of bread (biscuits, dumplings, baguettes, artisan bread, tortillas, pita bread, cream puffs, johnny cakes, pizza, etc.) several times a week.

Asian - While I still consider myself a beginner, I've been cooking Asian dishes for more than 30 years.

Seafood - Because it's so easy to cook and make it look elegant during special occasions.

Weaknesses:
Desserts - I love pies and make more than a dozen each year, but cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, etc. are something I may try only once every 5 years or so.

Mexican/South West - With the exception of chili, most Mexican and South West cooking eludes me. Maybe because I'm not a spicy/chili pepper fan.

BBQ - I try, and I really like it, but in general BBQ is best made by people who have the patience to make it tender without burning it to a cinder.

What are yours?

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:36 AM   #2
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Strengths

Mexican
Italian

Weakness

Pie crust and
Omelets

I just CANT make those 2 things no matter how hard I try.
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Old 04-12-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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Strengths:

Pastry
Baking (with the exception of cream puffs choux escapes me)
Down home cooking
MEAT

Weaknesses:

Presentation - no patience for art on a plate
Asian food - I can stir fry but no one else is very adventurous here so no practice for me
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:41 PM   #4
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Strengths:

Traditional European - Spanish, French, Italian are my favorite stuff
Inventive side dishes
Adventurous - Have played with about every cuisine, and where I live there is access to ton's of "unusual" ingredients, particularly Asian.

Weaknesses:

Desserts - no interest, ergo no practice.
Deep frying - probably more of an equipment issue here, got rid of a home fryer because it was just too small, as I think all the home models are. I do use a large pot on occasion, but have a hard time maintaining temp.
Doughs - don't know why, but I seem to struggle with them a bit.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:54 PM   #5
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Strengths:
-Specialty cooking (diabetes, gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian/vegan)
-Cakes (baking and decorating)
-Cookies
-Pastries (sweet and savory)
-chocolate, candy
-French, Italian and Asian cuisines
-Presentation - Alix, I love making my food look "just right" but my family just wants to eat it no matter how it looks!

Weaknesses:
-Bread outside of a machine!
-Oatmeal (I can make enough for 100 people, but not for one or two unless it is instant)
-Cooking small amounts
-Making the perfect pot roast
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:00 PM   #6
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Strength:
Smoker
Grill

Weakness:
Everything else
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:18 PM   #7
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Strengths:
Pesto and all dishes using fresh herb
Spaghetti & Meatballs (i know, everyone thinks their's
is the best but, no, MINE is...really...no, really)
Mediterranean
Lo-Cal Chocolate Milkshake (tastes better than a regular one)
Healthy Soups
Pies
Turkey Stuffing & Gravy (ditto regarding spaghetti parenthesis...lol)
Mashed Potatoes
Vegan (for my daughter, the yoga instructor/spa esthetician)
Seafood
Grilled Cheese (made with Rosemary Bread, sharp cheddar...not processed,
EarthBalance"Butter", soy-based Nayonnaise, saltNpepper, sometimes grilled veggies)
French Toast (nothing like it on the planet)

Weaknesses:
Homemade Bread
Homemade Pasta
Homemade Icecream
Gas Grills
Green Salads (they always seem to taste better when someone else makes them...not sure why)
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:19 PM   #8
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strengths: roasts, sautes, braises, grill, garde manger, small plates, sides, soups

weaknesses: bread baking--need more practice and don't eat enough of it to get it, and
house too cold.
highly decorated deserts--no interest
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:50 PM   #9
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strengths- roast beef, steak, & other meats, soups! i make a great curried carrot soup, veggie soup, fruit soup. interesting salads. my french toast/grilled cheeses get great reviews! seafood. pairing foods. presentation. making the mother sauces & others. & my curried chix salad.

weaknesses- baking! desserts, piping my duchesse taters. tournes.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:35 PM   #10
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Strengths:
-Pastas
-Muffins
-Cookies
-Cakes (Just regular ones not like wedding cakes or anything.)
-Salads

Weakness:
-Breads, I need good recipes and advice for sure. I can get the dough to rise and even taste good but consistancy and moisture are an issue. Thanks to the bread advice I received on this community I can get my dough to rise and behave like bread! It's a start. (No pun intended.)
-Asian. Love the food, can't cook it.
-Fried Rice. Always screw it up.
-Following recipes exactly. For cooking I don't always do this and sometimes I make a disaster and other times I discover something wonderful!
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