Five Dishes…

Hey Readers! What are five dishes you wish you knew how to make? I ask because it has to do with my TOP SECRET NEW ONLINE FOOD SHOW. It’ll be a big help to know what you’re most eager to learn… so let me know in the comments!

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  1. 1. Perfect scrambled eggs

    2. Marinara sauce from scratch (preferably with tomatoes and herbs from my garden)

    3. Really good humus

    4. Chocolate souffle

    5. Fresh sorbet

  2. 1 – Pho

    2 – Yogurt

    3 – An amazing and easy fruit cobbler

    4 – Hot and sour soup

    5 – Fresh pasta

  3. 1. Cornish Game Hens

    2. Souffle – Cheese please

    3. Handmade Pasta (without a KitchenAid mixer attachment, since my dad bought me a different mixer because it has more horsepower, I wish I was joking)

    4. Bisque

    5. Desserts. But that is a patience issue I have.

  4. 1) Poached eggs

    2) Souffle

    3) Peking Duck (with the little pancakes too)

    4) Soup Dumplings (how do they get the soup in the dumpling skin?)

    5) Angel food cake

  5. 1. Really yummy ribs.

    2. Sorbet (thanks for the idea Steve!)

    3. That really good salad I order during the summertime that has fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic vinegar (I know that sounds like the recipe right there, but I swear there’s other stuff that goes into it)

    4. Perfect whole wheat bread.

    5. Grilled pineapple

  6. 1. Chicken Cordon Bleu

    2. Chocolate Cheesecake (or other flavors!)

    3. Turduken

    4. Pot roast

    5. Meatballs

  7. 1. Beef stock

    2. Hot & Sour Soup

    3. Baguettes

    4. Pork filled dumplings (dim sum style)

    5. Baklava

  8. 1. lasagna….from scratch, of course.

    2. Really cheesy, creamy mac n’cheese.

    3. Moist meatloaf

    4. Chicken alfredo (its the only thing my kids order at italian restaurants)

    5. Crusty french bread.

  9. 1. Pad Thai

    2. Panang Curry

    3. Completely HANDmade Pasta

    4. Old-fashioned chocolate cake

    5. Fried Chicken

    Love the Old Bay Seasoning in the header!

  10. Seconding a few suggestions, and adding a couple:

    Cassoulet – many ways to do it, and I’ve gotten mixed results at home

    Yogurt – want to make it at home, but it’s been inconsistent

    Pasta – advice for people with no machine?

    French fries – how to make em crispy (maybe deep frying technique in general?)

    Dirty rice

  11. Seconding a few suggestions, and adding a couple:

    Cassoulet – many ways to do it, and I’ve gotten mixed results at home

    Yogurt – want to make it at home, but it’s been inconsistent

    Pasta – advice for people with no machine?

    French fries – how to make em crispy (maybe deep frying technique in general?)

    Dirty rice

  12. 1 – Pad Thai (there’s got to be something better than the stuff I get from take out constantly)

    2 – BBQ Ribs. Can I do low and slow on a charcoal grill? Should I just go for low temps/long cook time in oven? I’m lost.

    3 – Beignets

    4 – perfect paella

    5 – a whole fish

  13. 1) souffle (dessert kind : )

    2) handmade pasta

    3) dim sum items

    4) creme brulee

    5) anything flambe (however you spell that) ’cause that would be cool : )

  14. Has anyone mentioned Eggs Benedict yet? Because knowing how to make a great Eggs Benedict would be awesome… Plus it would involve basic techniques, like poaching eggs, which could be incorporated into a variety of other dishes. Versatility people, versatility! :)

  15. 1. Thick & creamy New England Clam Chowder

    2. Clam Cakes

    3. Fried Chicken

    4. Portuguese style little-necks with Portuguese Chouri├žo not the Spanish style Chorizo (less flavorful)

    5. Really good omelet

  16. I would love to learn to cook…

    bearnaise sauce

    shrimp scampi

    chiles rellanos

    brioche

    paella

    Thanks, Adam!

  17. Baked Alaska (kitchy but it’s always seemed cool in my mom’s 80’s magazine cut outs)

    Marrow

    Fresh pasta

    Yogurt

    Souffle

  18. 1. crepes

    2. coquilles St. Jacque

    3. crab cakes

    4. perfect baby back pork ribs

    5. perfectly seared scallops

  19. 1. crepes

    2. coquilles St. Jacque

    3. crab cakes

    4. perfect baby back pork ribs

    5. perfectly seared scallops

  20. 1. crepes

    2. coquilles St. Jacque

    3. crab cakes

    4. perfect baby back pork ribs

    5. perfectly seared scallops

  21. 1. Any kind of Indian dish where the homemade kind is better enough/easy enough that it beats getting takeout… not sure this exists

    2. Whole fish (also how to eat it)

    3. Ravioli that stays together

    4. Homemade sausage-Top Chef made me ashamed I don’t know how

  22. 1. Ribs (slow cooker version would be nice)

    2. Potato soup (thick and creamy)

    3. Chicken Marsala

    4. Chicken & Dumplings. Any chicken recipe actually, can always use a new way to make chicken

    5. Some sort of breakfast casserole. I’m getting sick of eggs n bacon.

  23. 1. short ribs that are as moist and flaky as at Roy’s

    2. cheese souffle

    3. bread (i have attempted, and failed, 5 times now)

    4. spare ribs with a yummy rub on the grill

    5. chicken stock

  24. 1. Sesame seed crusted seared tuna

    2. Poached eggs

    3. Yogurt (even frozen would be cool)

    4. Dumplings

    5. No bake cookies

  25. 1. Corn beef hash

    2. Coq a vin

    3. Souffle’s, souffle’s, souffle’s…..

    4. Fried Chicken

    5. Anything comfort

  26. 1. Corn beef hash

    2. Coq a vin

    3. Souffle’s, souffle’s, souffle’s…..

    4. Fried Chicken

    5. Donuts

  27. 1. Flaky pie crust

    2. Reasonable home made sub for “Cream of” soups in casseroles

    3. Mayo from scratch

    4. Cooking all sorts of greens (beet, collard, mustard, etc.)

    5. Eggs Sunny Side Up (withOUT overcooking them)

  28. 1. Spring rolls

    2. Pierogi

    3. Homemade pasta

    4. easy crowd-pleaser appetizers (I always fall back on the same old same old)

    5. make-ahead brunch casseroles (the kind where you start with some decent bread, then soak in eggs and spices overnight – I think you can add brandy for the fancy version) and then bake in the a.m.) – need some really impressive and delicious ideas here!

  29. 1. Spring rolls

    2. Pierogi

    3. Homemade pasta

    4. easy crowd-pleaser appetizers (I always fall back on the same old same old)

    5. make-ahead brunch casseroles (the kind where you start with some decent bread, then soak in eggs and spices overnight – I think you can add brandy for the fancy version) and then bake in the a.m.) – need some really impressive and delicious ideas here!

  30. 1. Tiramisu

    2. Crab Cakes

    3. Outstanding Homemade bread and/or rolls

    4. Easy pie crust

    5. Great summer salads

  31. 1. slow bbqed ribs

    2. cuban pork

    3. Chili rellenos

    4. Yeast rolls like my Grandma used to make

    5. thai Larb Gai (chicken salad)

  32. 1. Croissants

    2. Tortellini

    3. Beef tartare

    4. Any rilette- pork, poultry…any sort of jarred meat I could serve at a party:)

    5. Peking duck so i could nosh on the crispy skin folded inside of thin pancakes with green onions and sweet miso paste…..oy, now I am really hungry.

  33. 1. Thai Crying Tiger

    2. Perfect French Bread

    3. Crab Cakes

    4. Memphis style Fried Catfish

    5. Chinese BBQ chicken on a stick

  34. 1. Anything Indian

    2. Soup dumplings

    3. Cheese (at home, easy)

    4. Tamales

    5. Bread

    Reading the above comments, I must suggest the following:

    Mark Bittman’s Crabby Crab Cakes (just Google it). They are essentially pure crab and can’t be beat.

    David Rosengarten on BBQ Ribs. Choose your sauce from the Dean & Deluca cookbook (Kansas City, Texas, etc.) and do what the man say with the meat. You’ll be deeply, deeply happy.

    Great question, Adam.

  35. 1. Pho (especially chicken pho)

    2. Vegetable Korma

    3. Really good Thai yellow curry

    4. Pasticcio

    5. Rosemary-Potato Brioche (a la Belle Epicurean at the base of The Fairmont in Seattle)

  36. 1. Pho (especially chicken pho)

    2. Vegetable Korma

    3. Really good Thai yellow curry

    4. Pasticcio

    5. Rosemary-Potato Brioche (a la Belle Epicurean at the base of The Fairmont in Seattle)

  37. 1. Ropa Vieija

    2. Stuffed Cabbage

    3. paella

    4. yorkshire pudding–actually, the whole roast aspect of the english dinner as well…

    5. Homemade pizza crust–I know it’s simple but it still scares me. Could use someone to hold my hand through it.

  38. 1. Ropa Vieija

    2. Stuffed Cabbage

    3. paella

    4. yorkshire pudding–actually, the whole roast aspect of the english dinner as well…

    5. Homemade pizza crust–I know it’s simple but it still scares me. Could use someone to hold my hand through it.

  39. 1. Ropa Vieija

    2. Stuffed Cabbage

    3. paella

    4. yorkshire pudding–actually, the whole roast aspect of the english dinner as well…

    5. Homemade pizza crust–I know it’s simple but it still scares me. Could use someone to hold my hand through it.

  40. 1. Thai food that doesn’t involve coconut milk because I can’t seem to find any that’s labeled kosher.

    2. bibimbop (sp?), the Korean vegetable and noodle dish.

    3. Pho.

    4. Fries that aren’t deep-fried but still taste and feel good.

    5. Meat substitutes like the ones that can be found in places like Zen palat that taste like ham and chicken but contain no actual animal products. I really wish I knew how to make the stuff that I got at a restaurant in NY that closed down. They made veggie taro chicken a la king and I still dream about it sometimes.

  41. 1. pig’s feet

    2. tripe

    3. pozole

    4. papusas

    5. chalupas poblanas

    I live in the mexican part of town, so anything with nopales, epazote, loroco, etc. would be appreciated.

  42. 1. Perfect Mac n Cheese…and how to experient with different flavors to mix it up.

    2. Baked Alaska (is this a dish you can even make at home?)

    3. Lamb Chops with a yummy mustard suace

    4. Shrimp or Vegtable Spring rolls with good dipping sauce

    5. Bananas Foster

  43. 1. Perfect Mac n Cheese…and how to experient with different flavors to mix it up.

    2. Baked Alaska (is this a dish you can even make at home?)

    3. Lamb Chops with a yummy mustard suace

    4. Shrimp or Vegtable Spring rolls with good dipping sauce

    5. Bananas Foster

  44. 1. Perfect Mac n Cheese…and how to experiment with different flavors to mix it up.

    2. Baked Alaska (is this a dish you can even make at home?)

    3. Lamb Chops with a yummy mustard suace

    4. Shrimp or Vegtable Spring rolls with dipping sauce

    5. Bananas Foster

  45. 1. Fish Cakes (Crab, Salmon, Lobster etc..)

    2. Cabbage Rolls

    3. Pizza Dough – whole wheat

    4. Bisque Soups

    5. Ice Cream

  46. 1. Pasteles (a Puerto Rican version of tamales, but made with plantains and yucca)

    2. Perfect chocolate cake

    3. Tamales

    4. Panna cotta

    5. Paneer

  47. 1.Fresh mozzarella, using leftover whey to make ricotta

    2. Navajo fry bread

    3. Mustard greens

    4. A bagel that doesn’t dimple while boiling

    5. corndogs

  48. 1. Sunnyside-Up Eggs/Eggs Over Easy

    2. Rack of Lamb (albeit a vegetarian since ’86)

    3. Poached salmon

    4. A decent meat lasagne

    5. A Happy Amateur Gourmet – Love Ya!

  49. And not in any particular order (now I’m VERY hungry!)

    Larb Gai

    Cioppino

    Osso Bucco

    Chicken Tikka Masala

    Pierogies

  50. 1. Cheese

    2. Dry Cured Salami

    3. foie gras (like, actually

    buying the duck and feeding it

    myself)

    4. Basteeya

    5. True Biryani

  51. 1. Coconut sticky rice with mango

    2. Chicken satay and peanut sauce

    3. Bread

    4. Fried Calamari

    5. Calzones

  52. 1. Italian sausages

    2. Fresh ricotta cheese

    3. Paella

    4. Amazing beef tenderloin

    5. Deep frying, all things fried (w/o a frying machine)

  53. Chilies Rellenos

    Anything with pastry sheets.

    Garbanzo bean soup.

    Shrimp and grits.

    Lime chicken wings.

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