Don’t forget to enter my two great giveaways today. We’re giving away TWO Vitamix blenders, and I also have an amazing Cracker Barrel Easter Basket up for grabs.
Our family christened an inaugural year, so to speak. Our eldest child turned 18 this year – officially a “man.” Yet, in our household, there are certain responsibilities of manhood that comes as a prerequisite to graduation. I’ve shared before that by the time our children graduate, there are certain kitchen essentials that they need to have mastered.
In my opinion, if they can make a killer lasagna, some type of baked treat, like a quick bread, or chocolate chip cookies, and finally, a homemade bread recipe, they are ready to conquer most recipes.Now, of course, their kitchen skills aren’t limited to that, but those are three recipes I want them to have memorized or mastered.
If they know how to blend spices and layer varying food items, like in lasagna, they can whip together any type of comfort food casserole. If they can follow a simple baking recipe, they open up their world to delicious and easy treats, and if they have patience enough to tackle homemade bread, the strong character traits I’ve hopefully been nurturing, will show me glimpses of that special young adult I’ve been praying for throughout the years.
Yes, a purely scientific basis for the recipes I’ve chosen, can’t you tell?
I know my Tasty Tuesday group are cooks that love to try new things. Better yet, I go to you when I need opinions.
I want to collect a list of the Top Ten recipes or cooking concepts that I think my children should have memorized. No, in reality, I think it would be fun for ME to master these as well.
In order to make weekdays run more smoothly, I think it’s key to have those “Go To” recipes that we can whip up at a moments notice – those recipes we don’t have to ponder and decipher. Last year, I asked you all if you follow recipes or if you just whip things up off the cuff. 76 of you responded with some great comments, and I realized that we all come from such varying backgrounds with cooking, yet we’d all love to have that mastered. For lunch and dinner recipes, I do not tend to follow recipes, that’s why it’s often hard for me to post them here, but for baking, I typically always follow recipes, yet switch them up to make them my own.
But tell me what you recommend? If we are to help cooks across America develop some main staples that they should have memorized, what should it be?
I have a repertoire of tried and true crock pot recipes that I can whip up, meeting my Ten Minute Dinner requirement, but here are a few basic recipes that I think would be good, most of which I have memorized, some of which I want to memorize.
I’ll get you started, and then I’ll circle up with a follow up post listing what you have mentioned: Basic White Sauce (perfect for many items, including something for Cream Biscuits), Stir Fry, Pasta Bakes, Good Marinades and Glazes, (Swedish) Pancakes versatile because you can also make them into dessert or dinner crepes, One Minute Cobbler (or better yet, add the butter)…oh, the list could go on, but I’d love for you to take over.
Below are just three of my last recipes posted that I can whip up at a moment’s notice without a recipe. Yes, they change up a bit each time I make it, but they are always tried and true and finished in less than Ten Minutes.
Three ingredient Cheesy Chicken Recipe (making the flavor combinations more complex if desired by adding additional seasoning, cheese etc)