I love challenging myself and testing my willingness to step out of my comfort zone by assigning myself daring, fun and daily goals. I have a list of many items I have been wanting to cook, and will include them on here. So far, I’d say my progress has been pretty steady. I think cooking goals is a great way to break free of cooking the same dishes over again, and obviously a wonderful method to increase one’s cooking confidence! What cooking goals do you have for yourself? What are your general opinions on goals for success? Have you reached many of your cooking goals? What do you think of making a cooking goals list? (Restricting or innovative) If you has a list, what type of things would you include on it?
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This is NOT my comprehensive list. These are just some of the more interesting items I have decided to include. ENJOY! and feel free to add yours!
Peach Cobbler (with fresh peaches and brandy)
- Chinese Orange Chicken
Goodness this was divine! Original Photo
- Thai Tea
Curry Chicken (Jamaican Style)
- A Breakfast Stratta (with herb sauteed mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese, and artichokes)
- Zabaglione Cupcakes
Grilled Tandoori Chicken- a spicy Indian dish
- Crab Cakes (jerked flavored?) from scratch with some kind of an interesting pineapple and jalapeno relish/salsa.
- Tandoori Chicken
- Banana-Pineapple Upside down cake
- Stir Fry the way my mom makes it
The popular and delicious Filipino dish Pancit
Korean BBQ Chicken
- Spring Rolls
- Sweet Potato Wedges with a savory garlic and chipotle mayo.
- Asparagus cooked in a dry white wine, then topped with a garlic and herb hollandaise sauce OR topped with Italian seasoned panko break crumbs, still cooked in a garlic, butter white wine.
- Thai Chicken in both light and dark soy sauces, fish sauce, spices, and oyster sauces, with sweet Asian chili sauce.
Green Tea and Coconut Cake with a Coconut Glaze
- At least 5 frostings from scratch (3 down 2 to go: buttercream, cream cheese, and a glaze so far)
Mochi-A traditional Japanese dessert. A Similar delicacy is called "ttoek or Ddoek" in South Korea
- Samosa (Veggie)
- Paella (Seafood)
- Chicken Patty Jamaican Style
Chinese Donuts (made during the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit 🙂
- Bagels from scratch
- Strawberry Chocolate Layer Cake
- Veggie Lasagna
Orange Cranberry Scones
- S’mores Cupcakes
- Strawberry Chocolate Champagne Truffles
Pink Grapefruit Yogurt Layer Cake
Red Lobster Biscuits
- Sweet Mango Sticky Rice
Add sweeteners to cheesecake, whip and dish it. Easy.
Berry Cheesecake (everything from scratch except crust)
- Chai coffee cake
- Seafood gumbo
- Pear Brandy Custard Galette with vanilla bean (and a caramel drizzle?)
- Ginger Coconut Blondies
- Flavored Frozen Yogurt
- Nectarine Ice Cream (from scratch)
- Miso Soup
Carrot Cake (with a homemade cream cheese buttercream frosting)
Pesto, the perfect mix of pine nuts, basil, garlic, parm and olive oil enhance bland dishes and can be quite a versatile condiment to have in your household. I’ll admit that I’m a pesto fanatic. Mostly because I love anything with garlic and basil, and find that pesto can really add pep (Oh, goodness.what a cheesy adjective.) To almost anything!! I’m going to give a few tips on what else your pesto may be good for. But mind you, I am *not* a pesto expert and these ideas will be from the top of me head, so here goes.
- The most obvious use- in your pastas! This is what pesto has been used for historically, and it’s practical, and delicious!
- As a spread for sandwiches! Try this- Grab a toasted bagel, spread some pesto on there, and fill the center with whatever you want! From a veggie sandwich (using mushrooms, onions, sprouts, and sun dried tomatoes), or for a baked chicken sandwich, this spread is sure to please. Even add it to a wrap for a fun snack.
Asiago Cheese bagel with baked chicken patty and *pesto sauce*
- As a dip. Combine pesto and mayo to create a fun dip for company, or not. (Honestly, I just came up with this one, and don’t have a recipe, but just combine both ingredients until it’s well balanced in flavor.) I’m curious abut what a pesto bean dip would taste like. You can even toast some Italian bread, add a little ore olive oil, and di it in the pesto-olive oil mixture.
- As a pizza base. Yes, as a pizza base. I love pizza, but often react to the harsh marinara sauce, so I find that having a variety of pizza bases from a “white base” (usually olive oil and maybe garlic) or a “green base” are fun ways to enjoy my pizza in a new and exciting way, without the heartburn!You can build your own pizza by buying the ingredients at your local grocery store, and add some pesto on th crust, followed by cheeses, veggies and your meat. I do recommend chicken or a turkey with pesto, because I have had it and know it’s tasty. I cannot be certain of the darker meats, though.
- Combine pesto with cream cheese and make a fabulous spread on a bagel or a cracker!
- As a marinade for chicken/other meats. You can combine some salt, pepper, pesto and maybe a little white wine, whisk it together in a bowl and spread it evenly over the meat. Let it sit for a few hours/overnight, and you’ve got well seasoned, and tasty chicken!
- In baked goods, or quickes/fritatas/strattas. Combine small amounts (or to taste) in quickes/fritatas/strattas to add a new element of flavor, or even make pesto+ veggie flavored breads, or savory muffins. Even make a pesto and cheese loaf (with a mozzarella, parm, garlic and cream cheese spread?)
- Pesto butter!!! Combine pesto and butter until the desired consistency.
- Pesto Bruschetta- Take a few slices of Italian(French or Cuban) bread, and either smear it with a fresh clove of garlic, and the pesto sauce, toasting it until crisp. Then, Add chopped tomatoes (fresh or sundried) and minced garlic (optional) as well as grated parm, mozzarella, or feta cheese. While I was writing this, I wondered if there was actually a recipe for this, because I didn’t want to make something up that was not going to taste good. I found one!! Here it is-http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pesto-Bruschetta
- And on a salad- either pasta, chicken salads or green leafed salads! There i actually a salad dressing that combines basil and balsamic. Though its not pesto, the basil flavor is strong and gives the idea of how basil would taste on a salad.