Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What Do You Wish You Could Make in the Kitchen?

Caleb and I cook a homemade fresh-from-scratch dinner almost every night.  We really enjoy cooking, but more importantly, we really enjoy eating good food.  Our mutual cooking journey has brought some really excellent meals to the table like sushi, chili burgers with homemade guacamole, chicken marsala, Indian chicken tikka masala, Japanese miso ramen, Korean bulgogi, and a Caribbean feast (see below!).  It's been a blast, and we've eaten so, so well.

I'm very lucky Caleb and I both like exploring food and building up our culinary repertoire so much.  We've cooked around the world a bit, and I've actually considered creating a serious challenge of cooking a dish from every country.  (How fun would that be?)  We're always looking to branch out more and find some delicious new thing to prepare.

To round our menu rotation more, Caleb's been working on his BBQ game, and has had some really great success baking BBQ in the oven, but he hopes to one day have a Big Green Egg grill so that he can get really serious.  That's his ultimate cooking goal these days.

I wish that I could whip up a mean, solid cheesecake.  I haven't tried it yet, but I've been collecting recipes, and I did get my parents' spring form pans so I'll have what I need when I'm ready to start testing.  I also wish I could make pho.  I tried last winter but ended up using too little water in my broth so the flavor was extremely salty and spiced.  The soup tasted so disgusting, we couldn't eat it!

I'd love to hear what your cooking goals are!  What do you wish you could make?  What are you working on now in the kitchen?  Please share in the comments!


  1. I want to learn how to roast a chicken perfectly :)
    Lately I've been cooking more Asian dishes, but very Americanized...mostly because more authentic recipes require more unique/expensive ingredients! But I love reading about your kitchen adventures!

    1. Ooh, yes. A well roasted chicken is awesome.
      I hear you about the unusual ingredients. We've ended up with bottles and tubs of things that we don't use often, and some things we probably won't use again at all. =/

  2. I've been searching for years for the perfect brownie recipe, and still am on this quest, despite many recipes claiming to be the best. The perfect blend of fudgy-cakey-chocolate is a difficult science.

    Also, chicken and dumplings. I'm obsessed with Southern food since moving west, and I can't get it just right.

    1. I think people like their brownies so many different ways anyway (I like the moist but cakey edge pieces), if everyone says theirs is the best, the recipes will end up being pretty different just because preferences are different.

      I was never keen on the idea of chicken and dumplings, but then I had it for the first time at a friend's house, and it was delicious! If you find a good recipe, please let me know!


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