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Springtime cooking projects?

SallyBR1's picture

I know we have the cookbook thing going

but apart from that, is there anything you intend to do this time of the year?

this past winter I focused on soups - I think I did a good job trying a bunch of different kinds. We had soup at least once/week, sometimes twice.

Now I really want to improve my salads - I tend to do Caesar salad as my default. With home made croutons and all, but it does get boring.

I am a lousy salad maker, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

that is my personal goal for this time of warmer weather: come up with great salads on a regular basis

How about you guys, any goal in particular?

 


 


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Biscuit's picture

(post #34071, reply #1 of 128)

Well, I am going to cook with Max more often.  He's 6 now so even though I let him cook WITH me, I think it's time I let HIM cook with my supervision.  He's interested, so it shouldn't be too hard.  I'm thinking once a week I'm going to let him cook something.

I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

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Marie Louise's picture

(post #34071, reply #2 of 128)

Cookies. I want more great cookie recipes. It has been almost two years since my hard drive crashed & I lost the electronic version of many of the 600 recipes in my personal cookbooks. I've scanned & reformatted all but the last part of my baking book. I realized as I was redoing the cookie section a few months ago that I'd really like some more cookie recipes. So... that's my focus.

I've got some other wishes, too-a few more Thai noodle dishes, and I'm always on the lookout for more marinades/ rubs/ sauces for grilled chicken & meats this time of year.

I've also been doing what MadMom wants to do. I would have given away even more cookbooks, but some of them had one or two recipes I wanted to try first. So, I'm working my way through the post-its.

Re: your salads. I love salads w/ fruit in them in the summer: peaches, blackberries, figs, or melon & proscuitto. I add some cheese to the plate & a slice or two of walnut bread. Mmm...

Astrid's picture

(post #34071, reply #3 of 128)

Well, I planted 12 asparagus roots yesterday, but it will be several springs before they are really ready for picking, LOL.
I'm wondering what I can do with all the rosemary I have, on the other hand. Spring always makes me feel like eating light and fresh, after all the soups and meats of winter.

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RecipeGirl's picture

(post #34071, reply #4 of 128)

1.  Trying more vegetable recipes, as well as getting my 6 year old son to enjoy some new vegetables.  There is a blog I saw recently called, "The Great Veg Challenge" that is interesting- a woman taking her son through the A to Z of vegetables, determined to get him to enjoy them.  My guy will eat asparagus and broccoli and that's about it at this point.  As much as I cook, he should be eating more.

2.  Experimenting with more Asian dishes.  That's one I haven't tackled much of yet and I look forward to checking out some new cookbooks that I ordered.

As spring begins, I've been making some different recipes for asparagus as I see them on sale, as well as berry breads and desserts as those are beginning to come into season too.




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Biscuit's picture

(post #34071, reply #5 of 128)

Don't feel bad.  I'm the Mom who cooks fresh vegetables - wonderful vegetables! - every single day.  DH and are vegetable-hounds.  But our 6 year old will only eat spinach and carrots, and they have to be raw.  I don't dare put cooked vegetables in front of him, drama will ensue (although I do it anyway, just to keep trying).  It's really frustrating, but I'm hoping he'll grow out of it.  He won't even eat mashed potatoes if you can imagine!


So - not just you.  If it makes you feel any better (g).


I'm not mean - you're just a sissy.

"When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty."  - George Bernard Shaw

RecipeGirl's picture

(post #34071, reply #6 of 128)

yes, that does make me feel better.  Although I'm determined that one day he will actually try one of the yummy salads that I make!!  The neighbor's kids eat salad and I just don't get that.  How did she do that??

If I put mushrooms in the food processor, I can sneak them into meatloaf and he says he likes it.  I tell him later that he ate mushrooms.

And, I've convinced him that if celery, carrots and onions are in chicken soup that they have the exact flavor of the soup and not the actual vegetable.  He's willing to go with that.

Kids are funny...

Lori
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"Everything tastes better with a glass of good wine..."

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"Everything tastes better with a glass of good wine..."
MadMom's picture

(post #34071, reply #8 of 128)

When I went to the Irish cooking class, one woman had brought her young boy, looked to be about 10 or 11.  He tasted the baked cod dish, which had oysters in it, and commented that "even the mushrooms tasted good."  His mother had to tell them they were oysters, and he didn't eat any more.  A kid after my own heart, LOL. 


I don't think there is anything you can do about children's tastes.  My DGSs, who are half Irish, don't particularly care for mashed potatoes, if you can imagine...food of the gods, particularly in Ireland!  They actually ate more of the colcannon than they would have eaten of plain potatoes.  They will taste almost anything, but I'm sure they'll grow out of that, too. 


AntiCook, remember when Natasha would eat just about anything?  Is she still good about trying stuff?  Or did that bubble burst?




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TracyK's picture

(post #34071, reply #9 of 128)

My sister was a picky eater until she was in high school. So my mom started sneaking vegetables into pasta sauce. She put onions, green pepper, and mushrooms in the food processor until they were VERY finely chopped, cooked the whole mess in olive oil with minced garlic until softened, added pureed tomatoes and simmered. It really is good sauce, and kids would have no idea it had vegetables. I bet you could add carrots too. :-)

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MadMom's picture

(post #34071, reply #10 of 128)

My Mom first started making her "stuffed carrots" to get us kids into eating carrots.  We would eat the stuffing, not realizing that in addition to the cheese and crackers and other good stuff, it also had some mashed up carrots in it.  Then, she made a rule that we had to eat half the carrot before we could get another one.  Of course, now it is a family favorite and all the kids eat it.


One of my favorite stories about DH concerns my adventure of making one of his mom's recipes shortly after we were married.  The recipe called for an onion and a green pepper, diced, among other things.  He insisted that I should leave them out "because Mother knows I don't eat onions or green peppers" so I did.  Guess what?  The dish didn't taste like his mother's.  I called her up and she told me she always added the onions and green peppers, just cut them up really small so he wouldn't know they were there. 




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shoechick's picture

(post #34071, reply #11 of 128)

A spring, summer, winter or autumn project I don't care, what I would love to do is cook my way through the deep freeze.  Just use  up everything, put $75 every pay in an envelope somewhere so when it was all gone, I'd have the money to do a huge shop.  The thing is driving me nuts, it's full of ice but also always full of food.  And of course, hitting Costco yesterday for their seafood roadshow didn't help. Lobster, Alaska King Crab, scallops, humungo prawns.  I wonder how much I could go through and do the CT Project at the same time?  Might be an idea.

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soupereasy's picture

(post #34071, reply #12 of 128)

"... cook my way through the deep freeze...".


I keep trying but as soon as I make any progress Michael comes home with whole pork loin .99cents per lb. Whole turkeys, etc. etc.lol

Wolvie's picture

(post #34071, reply #17 of 128)

this sounds like a plan.


Great idea!


 


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shoechick's picture

(post #34071, reply #18 of 128)

I am definitely going to try and combine the two and try not to buy anything unless I have to.  There's chicken (whole, breasts and parts) , sirloin, beef tenderloin, pork in every way shape and form, sole, salmon, scallops, prawns, ground pork, pancetta, prosiutto, stock, berries up the ying yang, french onion soup...the list goes on.  It has to go!!!!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

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Wolvie's picture

(post #34071, reply #19 of 128)

you should have a fest kiddo. ;-)

 


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pamilyn's picture

(post #34071, reply #60 of 128)

Yes, It's a good plan. Too bad I can never get through it. Willie is allways bringing something home. Chicken for dinner? No problem. I think I will go out and buy some chicken. Ummmm, honey, why didn't you take the chicken out of the freezer? Jeesh. Pamilyn

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courgette's picture

(post #34071, reply #27 of 128)

I keep saying I'm going to eat only out of the freezer and everytime I make some headway, I come upon a great sale and lo, it's full to the top again! So this is on my To Do list again. Plus it REALLY needs to be defrosted.


When we moved to this house the previous owners left their freezer which is much bigger than the one we had. So for a couple of years we had two freezers full! I did get rid of the smaller one, probably should have gotten rid of the bigger one. After all, I don't live in the wilderness. I can walk to the store in 10 min tops!


My current Spring/March project is our dinner group meeting that we are hosting on March 31st. A French theme this year with cassoulet as the entree. Rest of the menu to be determined. Got to do the duck this week so its out of the way early.


Mo

annieqst's picture

(post #34071, reply #26 of 128)

Ha! Had my two nephews in town (19 & 23). They'd never eaten raw oysters before, but were willing to try. I wish I'd taken pictures of their faces! Priceless! They imploded. I don't expect oysters will cross their lips again.

nexus's picture

(post #34071, reply #99 of 128)

I just introduced my 16 year old son to raw oysters; you should have seen his face. He blissed out.


CHeryl

annieqst's picture

(post #34071, reply #100 of 128)

Now that's an adventurous eater!!

nexus's picture

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When he was little and wanted to be a fussy eater I always made him eat a little of whatever I was serving. There was almost always plenty of other stuff for him to fill up on if he didn't like something but I never made him alternative food. At some point he just started wanting to try anything new. It wasn't always easy but it was worth it. I have friends who's kids still won't eat this and that but mine is really good about food.


He won't eat commercial cakes though or fast food. Happy me.


Cheryl

annieqst's picture

(post #34071, reply #102 of 128)

I know what you mean about grown kids still being picky. A friend of ours is an excellent cook; her husband won't eat anything white (no mushrooms of any sort, mayo, sour cream, cream cheese), is not fond of green... you get the picture. All I can think is his parents did him a great disservice by giving in to his whims as a lad. He's impossible to cook for...and it's by color...not flavor or texture. Yikes!

soupereasy's picture

(post #34071, reply #103 of 128)

Now that is just plain silly!

pamilyn's picture

(post #34071, reply #105 of 128)

How can an excellent cook marry someone like that? I don't get it. Pamilyn

The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls

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nexus's picture

(post #34071, reply #106 of 128)

I just can't imagine living with someone that fussy; it would drive me nuts, not to mention unhealthy.


Cheryl

annieqst's picture

(post #34071, reply #108 of 128)

I agree. If I were in her shoes, I'd make what I wanted to eat and if he didn't want to eat it--oh well. The unfortunate thing is they are allowing their kids the same eccentricities! Arg!

nexus's picture

(post #34071, reply #109 of 128)

It's only harder for a few years to raise an omnivorous child. Of course, now that he is 16 he constantly finds new things to argue about.


Cheryl

MadMom's picture

(post #34071, reply #110 of 128)

Who was the comedian who said that when he was 16, his father knew absolutely nothing, but by the time he was 21, he was amazed at how much the old man had learned?



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nexus's picture

(post #34071, reply #111 of 128)

I could have sworn it was Mark Twain.


Cheryl

MadMom's picture

(post #34071, reply #112 of 128)

Actually, I have to confess.  It was I.  Abe and I went to school together, and he just copied me, then Mark Twain came along and copied us both, then Irma and Dorothy came along.  There is nothing new under the sun.  Hey, I just made that one up.  ;)



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drussell's picture

(post #34071, reply #113 of 128)

You are too funny! I get a good laugh at a lot of your posts.