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Mindy-QnA-MVP

Are you able to re-create recipes from a restaurant after tasting the food?

I have been able to figure out most recipes by the second try or close enough that you cannot tell the difference.
CAHOON!:

Since I've been cooking for so long now unless they put something I am not familiar with in their recipe I can pick almost everything out after tasting it.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

Of course you can SKI!!! You have quite a talent for cooking!!!

1hotnurse:

oh heck no,.. but wouldn't that be nice?!

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

I have done a few...and there are many I want to try to figure out like the Applebees orange chicken with rice.

Darwin:

do you try to cook much?

1hotnurse:

@MJM- mmmm, that sounds good.
@babbit- I cook often, and I am really good at what I can cook but I can't just taste something and figure out all the spices in it.. I'm not that good.

Darwin:

that is a tough talent, I can usually watch something and either cook it or tailor it to what I like with out writing it down, but yeah tasting something and recreating it can be tough.

1hotnurse:

definitely- now watching someone cook it is a completely different story.. i could probably pull that off pretty easily.

Johnsbrownsugar:

Haven't had the orange chicken there. What do you know that is in it from what you can tell?

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

breaded chicken - which I would probably buy pre-made...maybe the Tyson brand...

broccoli, onion, red pepper, carrot, rice pilaf cooked in chicken broth....

The sauce is probably a combination of orange marmalade without the orange peel and peach preserves pureed in a processor...there is a dash of red hot pepper in it some garlic powder and some onion powder...maybe some powders in the rice too.

I need to have another dose to be more specific.

M. L.:

Wow. I have tried, but i would rather pay someone to cook for me..

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

I agree...I try my best to get Mr. Mission to take me to have the craving dealt with at the source, but if we cannot go out then at least I can make it in...

DrewT:

My wife and I were able to figure out the stuffed mushrooms from macaroni grill. They have since discontinued this menu item, unfortunately. We were fortunate to figure these out before they ended this item..

Aquarius the Brett:

Sounds like your talent MJMom! I can get a few but it takes a few attempts.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

Same here....my grandmother was an awesome cook so I got it from her.

Darwin:

It's always better when you cook to your own taste, even if its a recipe from a restaurant

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

I like to know that the cook is not sneezing all over everything and that the ingredients are cleaned well.

Darwin:

LOL, I do really enjoy cooking it's really cool cooking with whole foods from scratch and making something that makes people say wow

Johnsbrownsugar:

As a rule I am able to or at least come close unless there is some spice in it that I don't recognize.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

Good for you career_dave!!!

Skullz5:

yes i do.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

Wonderful forge_t!!!

Gott:

I had a salad dressing at a Greek restaurant once, that I dearly loved. I asked the waiter, and he told me only the ingredients. I was able to experiment and finally came up with something that I liked. The ingredients were sour cream, cucumber and garlic.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

I love cucumbers...I might grow some in the garden this year.

Yolandie:

The dressing oldbearlady had at restraurant is
Teziki sauce
1lb plain yogurt (NOT SOUR CREAM) I usually strain the yogart with cheese cloth), 2T olive oil, 1cucumber chopped fine, 2 cloves garlic crushed, salt/pepper, 1T lemon juice dill.

Gott:

OH, you are right, Muffin. It is sour cream. I haven't made it for so long I completely forgot. So sorry, but at least you knew what I was talking about. Thanks for the name of it, too. I will get the recipe offline, and put it in my recipe file on the puter.

Texas Girl:

try "copy kat" site, lots of good copies

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

I have looked at the copy kat sites and I have many I want to try but they are from restaurants that I have never been to...the stuff just sounded good.

Quiet Plea...:

I have been cooking for a long time. I have tried to copy their recipes but they usually aren't as good>>>But sometimes mine turns out better>>> I have done a lot of experimenting with spices and recipes over the years and I like to try to guess what spices the restaurant dishes have in them.

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

Me too...my family just groans because they see the mess and they know if they are going to eat it they get to help clean.

Quiet Plea...:

Our boys 'know' they are going to help with the dishes when they see me cooking a big meal and I hear some groaning too.. sweet revenge for all the dishes they leave for me some days..:)

Yolandie:

Oh yeah! After being a homemaker for the past 26 years...it's a piece of cake! No pun intended. :-)

Mindy-QnA-MVP:

LOL.... love the user name... = )

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