"What is your signature dish?"

9/18/2012 04:08:00 AM

The other night I was working at home in front of my laptop and the husband started asking me some random questions.

(I love still learning about him 15 years later.)

"If you could have any car, what would you want?" (There was a luxury, SUV and car category.)

Of course I had an answer.

"If we could go away for a quick weekend anywhere -- money isn't really an object -- where would you want to go?"

Again, I had an answer.

...and then my favorite, "What is your signature dish?"


Can scrambled eggs be a signature dish?
How about boxed cake?
And maybe fruit salad? I mean, it's fruit but I do add honey.

Oh ya'll.
I can't cook.

(It's been 5 days and I'm still thinking about my signature dish.)

Maybe the situation is what it is because I never had one of these:



  1. Admitting it is the first step to recovery and being able to cook :)

    It took me awhile to learn to cook, I had to ask my mom how to boil eggs and I have burnt/thrown away my fair share of stuff!! But I actually love to cook now, it is relaxing.

    I have a few signature dishes, well things that people ask me to make so I guess signature?!

    This deconstructed chicken parm, it is Terry's favorite thing. My chicken noodle soup is good. I make a delicious mac and cheese! There are a few other things.

    You know, just move back and I will cook for you and you can bake me cake!

  2. I have been struggling to come up with a signature dish for years. I love that my friend Josh's mom was known for her monster cookies and my friend Sara's mom was known for her chocolate chip cookies and my friend Tiffany's mom was known for serving cheese with everything and so and so's mom was known for her blah, blah, blah, etc.

    But awhile back, when I was talking about Josh's mom's cookies, no one else was like, OMG, they are so good! It was just me that considered them her signature dish.

    Then I realized that different people come to me for different things. Some people have requested my Oreo truffles, another my Oreo brownies, another this or that. I make a fantastic macaroni salad. And a chicken a la sherry that could
    be served in restaurants. And I think that's better. I make several things that people actually want to eat!

    My sister-in-law makes two amazing dishes - dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon and tres leches cake. I've tried to take both of those recipes and make them mine, but while I make them fine, no one's requested them. More proof I think that signature dishes vary by the eater, not the cooker. Does that make sense?


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