Posted March 26, 2013

Hi guys!

I am 17 years old and a very good cook and create a large variety of things (both entrees, side and desserts). Cooking is a passion of mine and I have worked very hard throughout my childhood to get these skills. Whereas 3 of my sisters that are around my age (1 older 2 younger 19, 15, 14) have focused more on music and they are very good at that but not as well rounded in cooking (they have solid knowledge but not as much they need) My question is what do you all feel to be the most important things to know how to cook/bake in order to prepared to serve your husband and bless him in this way and 2. run a happy, healthy home in the future?

Any and all ideas are appreciated

Thank you!



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  1. 1butterflykisses

    I would say baking homemade bread is a good one.

    # March 26, 2013

  2. blessedabovemeasure

    lasagna –as who can resist that?
    chocolate chip cookies!
    bread, mashed potatoes, variety of chicken dishes (poultry is cheap and very versatile)
    pasta dishes
    breakfast foods such as eggs, oatmeal, pancakes (homemade), etc…
    the main dishes most everyone can appreciate

    # March 29, 2013

  3. raggedycottagegarden

    Wonderful of you to want to learn what is best to cook. Music is fun (I improvise piano music) but a wife needs to know how to cook and clean or she will have troubles.

    I would suggest looking up free old homemaking books and studying them. Make assignments for your self and stick with them.

    When it comes to a dish that is good to know what to cook….it will depend on the husband to whom you are married. mine enjoys pizza and often likes to prepare his own meals because I am known to burn the cooking.

    On the other hand……..learn all you can about preparing Fresh vegetables and Fresh fruits (not canned or dried). It is shown that people who eat these as their main course rather than all the white flour and sugar are much healthier and less likely to accumulate diseases. Try to learn more about adding more fruits and vegetables to the diet.

    On the other hand. Create a menu to live off of a pantry for two weeks and try out the different recipes. There will be times where you don’t want to run to the store for more than a month at a time esp. after giving birth to a baby.

    # March 29, 2013

  4. kingsdaughter7

    You must be like me then, Faith 🙂 I love cooking and baking as well. I think that the most important foods that one should know when they get married are: REFRIED BEANS!!! It’s much healthier than beef/pork and much more economic. You can feed a lot more people with a pound of beans than a pound of beef. Also casseroles.. lot’s of times when I cook I just look at whatever leftover meat we have and maybe add potatoes, assorted veggies and cheese on top. You get pretty much every food group in one serving. It’s also great to have a leftover turkey casserole recipe because when we have lots leftovers we kind of get sick of turkey sandwiches after awhile… Another is homemade bread, it’s much cheaper than buying at the store (and in my opinion, it tastes much better too 😉 ) If you still use bread from the store and all of a sudden you run out, you can just grab a bag of homemade bread from the freezer. Another big thing that you should learn to cook is SOUP!! There are so many types of soup out there and all you really need for a meal other than the soup is a piece of bread spread with butter! Lots of times I just like to see what we got in the freezer for meat like: soup bones or a whole chicken, then just cook with seasonings and add some veggies like celery, carrots, onions, zucchini, or whatever’s in your fridge 🙂 As for sweets I like to experiment with cakes, cookies, desserts. What I like to do is bake a BIG batter of cake and then freeze it and whenever you get unexpected guests, just thaw it, quickly make some whipped cream and have strawberries with glaze on the side. Your guests will think you expected them with a big surprise like that 😉 But most importantly: Experiment! Experiment! Experiment! Real cooks learn from experience of cooking/baking without a recipe. Some people would think “how in the world?” But once you make a few meals without a recipe, it’ll be easy in no time. Happy cooking! 🙂

    # March 30, 2013

  5. elynn3

    Hi Faith17!
    I’m a new wife who had NO cooking background when I married. I was actually terrified the first time my husband showed me how to turn on the gas stove-top (I had grown up using only electric). However, I married a man of simple needs and a great deal of patience 🙂 He taught me how to cook a few simple things before he was deployed for a year, two months after our wedding. While he was gone, I learned to bake homemade bread (good suggestion 1butterflykisses!) and found a fun, inexpensive way into my man’s heart. He returned to fresh, whole wheat bread made each week. After nearly two years, we’ve only bought one loaf of bread, which he hated so much he threw out and washed the dishes so that I had time to make another batch!
    Here’s my recipe, but I encourage you to experiment! This recipe makes three loaves, and takes 3-4 hours depending on rising time. You don’t have to be actively working on the bread that long, but you’ll have to be around to keep an eye on it.
    Start by making a “sponge”: 4 cups warm (~98* or bottle temp.) water, 2 T yeast, let set for ~5-10 min to activate the yeast.
    While the sponge sets, start adding your dry ingredients together ( I use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for this, and I HIGHLY recommend it! I got mine as a bridal shower gift, and helped purchase one for my little sister when she got married.)
    1 cup oatmeal
    1/4 cup ground flax seeds
    1 T sea salt
    1/4 cup raw sugar or honey
    1/2 cup olive oil
    1 T wheat gluten (optional, to help the bread rise)
    4 cups whole wheat flour
    Mix all the above together, then add your water+yeast and continue mixing. (With the KA, I’ll usually put in two c. whole wheat flour, mix with the paddle on #2 speed, then add a 3rd cup & mix before switching over to the dough hook for the 4th cup.)
    Then begin adding all-purpose flour (straight whole wheat would make the dough too heavy).
    I end up adding between 4-6 cups all-purpose flour, depending on the batch. This one has to be done mostly by feel and experimenting. I was taught to continue kneading and adding flour until the dough easily pulls away from the bottom of the bowl. The dough should not feel sticky at all when it is finished. When it feels done, place it in a LARGE bowl for 30-45 min. in a warm place, until the dough rises and nearly doubles in size. Then, (fun part!) punch the top of the dough down & it will sink back to only slightly larger than it started. Divide the ball into 3 parts, and roll each part out in a long rectangle to remove any air bubbles (you’ll hear them “pop” when you roll over them with your rolling pin. Start in the center and roll all the way to each end in an even stroke so that the air bubbles are always pushed out.) You can roll your dough on a floured surface, but I’ve actually found that using olive oil is a great alternative, though it’s a little trickier in some ways. Your dough is more likely to “spring” back to it’s original shape with flour, but it’s more likely to tear using oil.
    Once you have a nice, even rectangle of dough about 1/4″ thick, start at one end and roll the dough (burrito-style) as evenly and neatly as possible, pressing down on the ends of the roll with each turn (that will help keep your heels neat during baking). You should end up with a rolled loaf with neat ends that will fit into an oiled bread pan. Repeat that twice for the other loaves and place in a warm place to rise again for another 30-45 min. This time they may not double, but they will rise up to the top of the bread pan, and then you can put them in the oven for ~45 min @350*. When it is lightly brown, take it out and brush with butter for an extra-tasty crust 🙂
    This is a fun way to feed your family fresh, healthy bread, but don’t be too critical of your first few attempts. You first loaf of bread will probably not be anywhere near perfect. Your loaf may get squirrelly during the second rise and twist or kink in the pan, you may miss an air bubble that will pop during baking and make your loaf look ugly. Don’t worry! It’ll still taste good, and every time you try, your bread will look prettier. I still have a loaf every batch that’s not as pretty as I’d like, and I’ve been doing this every week for two years. The main thing is to HAVE FUN! I’ve yet to meet a man whose heart won’t melt to come home to find his wifey in an apron, dusted with flour, pulling fresh bread out of the oven for that evening’s supper. And if they come out a little lumpy, you can have fun laughing over the shapes they make (I had to use an oddly-shaped pan after one of my bread pans broke–some of my husband’s favorite loaves were “plumber’s bread” because the loaf always kinked in the pan and looked like, well… 😉
    Good luck! My other advice would be to learn garden-to-table skills. Learning to prepare a salad with fresh ingredients, trying out new dressings, and how to use fresh produce is the healthiest thing you can do for your family. I would recommend trying to make your own tomato sauce for pasta dishes and homemade pizza. Even if you don’t grow them, you can get tomatoes fairly cheap from farmer’s markets, etc. Just put them in the blender (we do this skins & all) and into a big stock pot, then boil and stir, adding whatever Italian seasonings your heart desires until thick and delicious. We usually add garlic and diced black olives to ours, along with parsley, oregano and basil.
    Sorry this is so long, feel free to message me with any other questions 🙂 Good luck, and thank God you’ve chosen to start cooking before you walk down the aisle. I’ll pray for your success!

    # April 2, 2013

  6. blackwhitedenim

    Personally I think it is a great idea to study restaurants and how they work. It’s pretty amazing how Mexican restaurants can take 10-15 cheap ingredients (beef, chicken, tortillas, guacamole, hot sauce, rice, beans, etc.) and make a million different meals out of them. I mean, add cinnamon sugar to a tortilla and it’s a dessert! :p But really, an Italian restaurant does the same thing, just using different ingredients (bread, pasta, tomatoes, basil, chicken, salad, vinaigrette, etc.). When I get married I want my kitchen to be my very own restaurant, just on a smaller scale.

    Also when thinking about skills to learn, it’s important to keep your future husband in mind. My boyfriend grew up Amish and later spent a good deal of time in Latin America, so he likes a weird mixture of authentic Mexican food, cool whip, marshmallow creme and peanut butter. I’ve always looked down on processed food, thus never learned to cook with it, but that was part of the culture he grew up in. On the other hand, he can tell the difference between a ‘good’ papaya and a ‘bad’ papaya, and I can hardly tell between a papaya and a mango (I grew up on a dairy farm). So whatever you learn to cook, there will probably be some gaps that need filled after you get married.

    # April 15, 2013

    • kitkat

      Oh, my! What an interesting combination of foods. 🙂 Good for you for learning how to cook what your boyfriend likes and grew up with.

      # April 18, 2013

  7. kitkat

    I would say: MEAT! Men do love their meat, so knowing how to cook a variety of good meat dishes (pot roast, hamburgers, steak, etc.) might be a good idea. Also, figure out how to make tasty meals with just a few cheap ingredients. Salt, pepper, onion and garlic will make just about any boring meal delicious! I don’t want to stereotype, but men generally don’t seem as health-conscious as their wives, so try experimenting with ways to make common dishes healthier while still preserving the flavor.

    # April 18, 2013