Friday, January 7, 2011

My Cooking Aspirations - Aloha Friday

Mark and I went on a date night last night which landed us at Borders....which landed me among a sea of cookbooks. How perfect. I can read cookbooks like novels, but I have a problem. I have a THICK file of recipes that are on the "to-make" list, a select few cookbooks which have recipes that I can't wait to try (I got rid of a massive amount of cookbooks that I would never use - freeing) and a hefty amount of tried and true recipes. I might be a little addicted to new recipe collection. I have to really limit myself at blog recipe linkups. More and more I come back wanting to master the basics.

Processed items just have too much junk in them. I make my own yogurt, fruit sauces to add to my yogurt, spaghetti sauce, broth, salad dressings, pizza dough, refried, baked and black beans, etc..

I want to starting making:

tortillas - have you seen the ingredient list?

hummus - I want to master a really good go-to recipe

ketchup - do you think my kids will eat it?

cultured butter - is the expense worth it (it's not expensive, just more than store bought)?

kimchi - spicy Korean cabbage - so good and so expensive in the store (and sub par)

kefir water - this would require me to buy kefir grains, which may be too much for our budget

buttermilk biscuits - this one is for my husband - his grandmother made the most fantastic biscuits and nobody can replicate them. I need to practice more often.

And not only do I want to make them, I want to be good at making them (which also means they are easier to make). I'll be looking to expand my list :)

"In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."So head over to her site, An Island Life and answer her question but while you are here you might as well answer mine:

Any staples that you have in your repertoire already or would like to get good at making?


  1. I want to learn how to make corn tortillas. I've found a place to get the press and cornflour here but I need to buy them first *L*

    Homemade ketchup is SO MUCH BETTER than storebought! I need to ask my mom for her recipe.

    I'd also like to get a little better at making English Muffins. I made them once and they were pretty good but I'd like to tweak a couple of things so that they're FANTASTIC!

    I'll need to think about this some more... I bet I could come up with quite a list if I thought about it for awhile *L*

  2. I am highly impressed you make your own yogurt, spag sauce, etc! Love it! I need to come live with you and have you teach me your ways. My mother didn't teach me to cook. I just always baked. With my last boyfriend I did get a lot better at cooking! But im single and refuse to cook for myself, unless I have people coming over :)

    And a date night to Borders, sounds like my kind of night! :)

    Happy Friday!

  3. Home made ketchup is intriguing! Never thought of that. Not an adventurous cook at all, more a meat and potato type of family for sure.

  4. Salad and pasta are a hit around here.

    Have a great day!

  5. You go girl.
    I try to make homemade stuff as much as I can though some of the things are easier and cheaper to buy already made- either all natural or organic.
    I made homemade ketchup one time a LONG time ago. I really couldn't get it thick enough though it did taste good. Not that Hunts has the one with corn syrup, I just buy that one.
    Looking forward to hearing more about this and watching all you make.

  6. Pasta is my go to food here.

    I'd love to be able to make great tacos for my husband.

  7. Hi there! I am your newest follower!! Nice to meet ya!

  8. wow i am impressed, your culinary skills definitely put mine to shame!

  9. My go-to meal has always been baked spaghetti. It's really easy and makes a lot! :-)