It's always more enjoyable if you have company. Even if Greg just stands there, it's nice to have someone hand you the spices, or stir the pot. (Better than having him watch tv while I'm muttering about whether his parents were married.)
Never piss off the cook. You don't want to eat food from someone who's been mad at you all day. Just sayin'.
The other thing we do to spice up our menu is recreate our favorite restaurant dishes. Our biggest sin is eating out. To curb the tendency, we started replicating the meals we liked best.
There are entire web sites dedicated to copying famous recipes, from fast food to gourmet restaurants. Here are a few of my favorites:
Six Sisters Stuff
Culinary Arts College
Do a Google search for your favorite dish and you might just find the recipe.
Quite often our version is even better than the restaurant so don't be surprised if you prefer your own to the national brand.
Who knows? You might come up with a signature dish.
I know Greg's has to be his deep dish pizza. It is amazing! I don't know if I have a signature dish but people like my Mexican fajitas. I also make a mean lemon salmon with orzo.
|Spicy sausage with bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes|
What's your signature dish? Have you ever tried to duplicate a restaurant meal?