April Monthly Mouthful
One of my favorite things about cooking is the sense of achievement we feel when what we create is actually delicious. Preparing food isn’t just about feeding ourselves and our hungry families, no it’s more than that – it’s something that can really make us feel proud.
So, this month, we asked our favorite food bloggers to:
Tell us about their proudest cooking moments and share the recipes!
Read all the responses below to see what everyone said. And, share your favorite in the comments!
Dina from Miche Mache
The first time I made a turkey on my own for my family for Thanksgiving. It was a beautiful turkey even though it was lopsided and missing a wing! Of all the turkeys I could choose from, I came home with a 1 winged bird. But everyone enjoyed themselves and it’s a memory I will keep with me for a long time.
Cenk from Cafe Fernando
This is perfect timing. I recently published a post about bagels and called them my proudest baking accomplishments. There is definitely something magical about baking bread. And when it is a taste that you miss dearly, it makes it even more magical. The full story and recipe is here.
Stef from Cupcake Project
My proudest cooking moment was the first time I actually won a prize for my baking. I got a runner-up prize at a tomato festival for my tomato cupcakes. It was so exciting to be recognized not only for the photos and recipes on the blog, but by judges who could actually see, smell, touch, and taste my cupcakes. The recipe and video of me winning (you know I was proud if I posted video of myself) can be found here.
Kris from To be Mrs. Marv
I’m an artist and designer by trade and I’ve always looked at my cooking as silliness perpetrated in the kitchen. Mainly because I am very silly. I tended to wander into the kitchen throw things together and if they worked, that was excellent, if not, we still got fed.
A month or so after starting my blog, I noticed a search term of ‘chocolate marv’ in my search stats. I knew I had to design a dessert for that name. I figured I’d like to do something like a rough chocolate tart. I designed how I would like it to look (like a small cheesecake but rough around the edges) and how I’d like it to taste (light, like a mousse, but with some sort of acid to contrast.) Then I started investigating tools and techniques to figure out how to make what I was now seeing and tasting in my head. After a bit of effort I created what I was imagining. This was really the first time that I used the skills and training I use in my everyday life to create something food related. Since then I’ve continued to make random acts of food, but I’ve also added in a more thoughtful way of creating. (And I’m really quite proud of that!)
Jessie from Cakespy
Definitely the first time I ever made bagels. Doing it the “real” way, boiling them before baking, involved a lot of steps but when they finally rose to the top of the boiling water, the sense of accomplishment was incredible! So was the taste. Here’s the recipe I used: Home Baked Bagels.
Ruth from Once Upon A Feast
I’ve had many a proud moment in the kitchen….like my first dinner party at age 16: lasagna and Caesar salad, and making an entire Indian feast from scratch. But the proudest of all is when I was very little. My mother would always let me make “cookies” ( I use the term loosely ) with scraps of dough from her batches. I remember the grey flat rocks I baked along side her flaky melt in your mouth shortbread cookies with a cherry on top and the anticipation on my face as my dad would take his first bite of mine. I was so proud when he told me they were the best cookies he ever tasted! What a great actor – MY DAD!
Nicole from For the Love of Food
A little background: I can’t eat sugar, and I am not diabetic – I have a temporary allergy (will go away once I stop breast feeding – fun, huh?). It’s been 1 year and in this year I have made leaps and bounds in “sweet cooking” without sugar, dextrose, corn syrup, brown sugar, or molasses – or artificial sweeteners. I use fructose, honey, and recently learned that I don’t adversely react to maple syrup.
That being said, there are gazillions of foods that I can’t eat because they have one form or another of sugar in them. And, I love BBQ ribs, but it was just too frustrating to make them and not be able to use BBQ sauce.
So, one day, I got up and decided I would make [BBQ ribs], and really good ones at that. I had to make everything from scratch – the corn syrup, the ketchup, and then the bbq sauce. But, in the end it was worth every effort. It was sooo good! I did it! I even served the BBQ ribs with the sauce for my son’s first birthday and they were a big hit.
I was/am so proud of this achievement – I wish I had a BBQ cook-off to submit my BBQ ribs to!
Anne-Marie from This Mama Cooks
The first “proudest cooking moment” that came to mind when I attempted to use the rotisserie on our new grill. I had no idea how to use it and couldn’t find the directions. So I just skewered the 5 lb. pork loin roast on the “rod thingie” and hoped for the best. Well, because I hadn’t done it right, the roast kept slipping and was only getting cooked on one side as the rod went round and round. Figuring that the meat wasn’t tight enough on the skewer, I used some kitchen string to bind the loin. And even though the meat was darker on one side than the other, it was delicious and juicy. Not bad for being a total grilling doofus.
Here’s the recipe for My Mom’s Rotisserie Pork Roast from Dr. BBQ. My husband made it again that Christmas. While he attached the roast to the rotisserie skewer correctly, he overcooked and dried out the meat. Needless to say, he rarely uses the rotisserie and sticks with his smoker (OK by me!)
Sometimes doing it the wrong way turns out better than cooking things the right way.
Melissa from Alosha’s Kitchen
My proudest cooking moment was really when I cooked my first real recipe on my own. I didn’t really cook until I was 30, about 2 1/2 years ago. Sad for my husband, sad for ME! But one day, when I was contemplating this wonderful chicken tortilla soup that I loved at a particular restaurant, I finally had the light dawn on me: “why can’t I make that myself??” And so I did. It was my first big recipe, my first attempt at really cooking. I had never even cut up an onion or minced garlic before. So it was a huge accomplishment.
Anyway, it’s nothing earth-shattering, but it was meaningful for me. And it got me started cooking – which turned out to be the greatest passion and joy I have ever had. So it was worth a lot more than just a few bowls of soup. =)
Here is the recipe: Chicken Tortilla Soup.
Gilli from So So Simple Food
I guess you could say I was really proud of the first Pikelets I made. They are like flapjacks for the US readers. I was about 8. I made them by myself and I thought they were fabulous. My poor family gallantly chewed on them…they were tough and some were burnt. They would have made great Frisbees. I won’t give you that recipe
But I will give you this one.
I have made quite a lot of bread over the years but I am really proud of this one.
It looks great and tastes superb and it’s especially good with cheese.
So here we go… Mandarin and Chocolate Bread.
Thanks to all who participated in this Monthly Mouthful and for continuing to indulge our food-related questions! If you were not contacted for this month’s Monthly Mouthful and would like to be included in future Monthly Mouthfuls, please e-mail us at chewonthatblog [at] gmail [dot] com!