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Do you have a specialty that is actually an extremely simple food to make?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23285 points ) February 11th, 2011

For example, the kinds of foods that people joke that anyone can make. Eggs, toast, sandwiches, salads.
I’m not talking about your oven roasted chicken or your eggplant parmasiana – but do you make a mean plate of scrambled eggs? Maybe you have a unique twist for a ham sandwich?
What makes it special?

For me, it is my grilled cheese sandwiches. Just your run of the mill grilled cheese, but I seem to have perfected my technique, because people literally rave about them.

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Ladymia69's avatar

I make killer green shakes. I have tons of variations, but my favorite is this:

I take a bunch of raw organic spinach and stick it in the blender. Then I add two chopped mangoes, along with some fresh pineapple and coconut oil, a teaspoon of spirulina and some blue-green algae, and a tablespoon of cacao powder. I whiz it up for a minute or so (I have a crappy blender), and what emits is a very green, very tropical elixir. You can’t even taste the greens much. I have let all my coworkers and my picky husband try it, and they all love it.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@ladymia69 it’s not quite scrambled eggs, but it does sound really good!

muppetish's avatar

I stay as far away from the kitchen as I can, but my S.O.‘s specialty is quesadillas. It’s pretty hard to screw up tortillas, cheese, and meat (and yet I am sure that I would.)

Perfected grilled cheese? I’ll take a plateful, please.

incendiary_dan's avatar

Filipino adobo. It is seriously just making a garlicky vinegar broth with some pepper and simmering meat in it. Sometimes I do fancy stuff like add hot peppers or coconut milk, but really, not hard.

TexasDude's avatar

I make a really goddamn good peanut butter and jelly.

My Ramen is also to die for.

YARNLADY's avatar

Fresh fruit and vegetables is the way to go. Just peel an orange (which grows in my yard) and eat it, or pull up some lettuce leaves and munch away.

cletrans2col's avatar

Chili. I love making it, and a couple of my friends (folks that are peculiar about what they eat) loved it.

jca's avatar

I make cakes for parties at work, using white/vanilla/yellow (whatever) cake mix, and first chopping up canned peaches into dice sized chunks. I make a thick syrup in a pan using some of the canned syrup and some brown sugar, throwing in some cinnamon and maybe a touch of butter, then put that syrup mixture in the bottom of a rectanguar cake pan (i guess any shape pan will do), put the peach chunks on top of the syrup and then throw on the cake batter. when done baking, invert and you have what is basically a peach upside down cake. Nice variation on how to jazz up a cake mix.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@jca that’s clever!

BarnacleBill's avatar

Potato salad. Diced cooked potatoes, mayonnaise, lemon juice, green onions, garlic powder, salt. pepper. Chill.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard that is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for. Do you do something special with your PB&J or the Ramen – or is it just that they are made with love? ;)

Cruiser's avatar

I make a vegetable pizza that people scarf right up. The crust is crescent roll dough baked, spread out a garlic and herb infused cream cheese, cover with your favorite veggies, I use finely chopped broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, shredded carrots all mixed in a bowl with a very light coating of garlic and basil olive oil. Spread a nice thick layer of veggie mix, sprinkle a shredded cheese of your choice, layer on cucumber slices and sliced black olives and razor thin slices of sweet red pepper and stand back.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Cruiser I, without a doubt, will be making that soon.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I made a roast chicken the other night!
We needed a chainsaw to cut it.I really can’t stand cooking XD

Coloma's avatar

I make a killer cashew cole slaw. Takes about 5 minutes.
Shred red & green cabbage, grated carrots, mix with dressing of choice and dump in a can of cashew halves. I could live on this, and everyone loves it. It is the summer salad along with another quick marinade of english cucumbers, pear tomatos and black olives in a red wine vinagarette. :-)

aprilsimnel's avatar

Mashed potatoes. I’m pretty good at making that.

bobbinhood's avatar

I make wicked pancakes. I buy the box of “just add water” mix, and I add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg rather than just water. They’re fantastic!

I also make excellent hot chocolate. Rather than just mixing the packet with water, I use 50–75% milk. If you use too much milk, it becomes too rich, but just the right amount turns a normal cup of hot chocolate into something very special. The exact amount of milk required depends on the brand of hot chocolate mix you’re using and on what kind of milk you have.

blueiiznh's avatar

I have a few but one is BLT’s. All here are added options to whatever the person wants.
Outside the B L T:
Pita Pockets, cucumbers, chopped red onions, grated cheese, italian dressing, caesar dressing, mayo, sandwich peppers, pepper slivers.
More like a salad in a pocket, but always simple and many flavours depending on what the person wants.

ilana's avatar

I just discovered a simple combination of two ingredients that have changed the way I think of sandwiches forever! Okay, that may be overselling it, but avocado and marinated goats cheese feta in between two slices of plain or grilled bread is so satisfyingly tasty.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@aprilsimnel I’ll be right over! XD

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@blueiiznh I am 100% all for a salad in a pocket.

You are all so creative.

blueiiznh's avatar

also a very simple snack or picnic item
Crackers, spread Port wine cheese on them, top with half a red grape.

tedibear's avatar

I make great brownies that people love. It’s a the Baker’s Secret One Bowl Brownie recipe that you you can find on their unsweetened chocolate box or online. I made some changes by using ¼ cup less sugar and adding 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder and some cashews. Even without the cashews people love them.

My scrambled eggs are quite good because I add half-and-half to the eggs.

deni's avatar

Chicken soup with biscuits on top….it is one of the simplest yet heartiest and most delicious meals ever. My friends beg for it.

Coloma's avatar

Try this. It is AMAZING!

Mix canned or fresh baked and diced chicken breast with….

1–2 TBS of lite mayo and 1–2 TBS of Caesar dressing.
Add a few TBS’s of minced onion
⅓ cup finely minced Celery
½ cup slivered Almonds and ( the secret ingrediant )
½ cup minced red table grapes.

Mix well and serve in pita bread pockets with Romaine lettuce.

I pilfered this recipe from a cafe I worked in years ago.

Delicious!

KatawaGrey's avatar

No one can beat my baked potatoes. My baked potatoes are the best I have ever had. It’s the only food I make that my boyfriend regularly requests.

I’m also big on throwing a bunch of stuff into a pan and sauteing until it is as delicious as it can get. :)

ilana's avatar

@Coloma I’m definitely going to be making that, I’ve always wanted a chicken recipe like that using celery, but never thought of adding grapes and almonds.

partyparty's avatar

Yes I love to make Welsh Rarebit
It’s really tasty with cheese, ale, mustard etc

TexasDude's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf I put a tiny, tiny bit of tobasco sauce on my PB&J bread before making the sandwich.

I also put a single packet of Taco Bell fire sauce and a sprinkling of Tony Chacherie (or whatever the hell it’s called) in Ramen and stir vigorously.

ucme's avatar

I just make a terrible mess in the kitchen, that’ll be my “speciality.” I mean i’m fine making the kids meals & such like, but my methods are rather peculiar. Get there in the end though, in my own little way.

deni's avatar

Also, I made sauerkraut recently and it was amazing, and last night I made mashed potatoes and homemade hot dog buns (didn’t make the hot dogs though…) and it was one of the best meals I’ve ever had. So I have to add that my mashed potatoes are also fucking phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!

incendiary_dan's avatar

@ANef_is_Enuf & @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Next time you do oriental flavored ramen, try a bit of fish sauce (worcestershire if you don’t have Asian fish sauce) and sriracha sauce. Makes it perfect.

SamIAm's avatar

I add hot sauce (particularly one from Trader Joe’s… it’s a chili hot sauce) into my Mac and Cheese (Easy Mac or Smart Ones frozen or regular ole mac from the box).

I make a great egg white(ish) omelet—3 egg whites, 1 full egg, S+P, a little water mixed and poured into the hot pan. Then I add some torn up Boar’s Head Honey Maple Turkey breast, and a slice of reduced fat Swiss cheese. Top with salsa and Tapatio, delish.

faye's avatar

Cream puffs. I make cream puffs for desserts and I make savory chees puffs as well. They are so easy and it’s satisfying!

Coloma's avatar

@SamIAm

I am addicted to TJ’s sweet chili sauce, over cottage cheese, and dip with tortilla chips, OMG!

SamIAm's avatar

@Coloma: The one that is pinkish with red pepper flakes? I use that on dumplings or rice with hot sauce to add some sweet or on their samosas. Yumm (I’m starving, shocker).

incendiary_dan's avatar

I just ate dinner, but this thread is making me hungry again!

TexasDude's avatar

@incendiary_dan, that actually sounds delicious. Thanks for the tip!

VS's avatar

I bought an electric sandwich maker a year or so ago and have been having fun making all kinds of different sandwiches:
turkey, Provolone, cranberry sauce on sourdough;
pastrami, Swiss, sauerkraut, 1000 Island dressing on pumpernickel;
ham, Cheddar, apple slices on Jewish rye;
roast beef, mozzarella, thin sliced tomato on onion rolls.
Really, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

Another fun summer thing I like is minced clams, basmati rice, chopped celery, sliced radishes, salt & pepper and Duke’s mayonnaise stuffed in Pita pockets.

jca's avatar

@VS: someone asked a question on here about a year ago, maybe more, something like “What can I make with my sandwich maker?” try to search and find it for more tips.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

When I asked this question, I wasn’t really looking for new ideas, but I am taking a lot of good stuff away from this thread. Clever stuff.

Coloma's avatar

Yep, it is a cashew cole slaw. Deee-licious and so simple.

Just mix in a can of cashew halves with your fav. cole slaw recipe…mmm good!

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