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Cooks Canon Meme

Saturday, November 24, 2007

(Let me just say up front that the only reason I did this was for the amusement factor.)

These are the 101 "classic" recipes "everyone should know," according to Raymond Sokolov, author of The Cook's Canon. Bold the ones you can make competently, with or without a recipe. Italicize those which you've tried once or twice, but either didn't like, or don't plan to make again. Put an asterisk next to those which were culinary disasters. All dishes are assumed to be made from scratch. Take credit for reasonable variations.

1. Apple Pie
2. Baked Alaska
3. Beet Borscht
4. Beurre Blanc (White Butter Sauce)
5. Billi Bi (Mussel Soup)
6. Blanquette de Veau (White Veal Stew)
7. Brandad de Morue (Salt Cod Puree) (I can guarantee this would be a culinary disaster in our house...it practically makes me gag to think about it)
8. Bread
9. Bread Pudding
10. Bstilla (Moroccan Pigeon Pie)
11. Cannelloni
12. Ceviche de Lenguado (Citrus-Cured Flounder)
13. Chicken Adobo (Filipino Chicken Stew)
14. Chicken Soup
15. Chiles Poblanos en Nogada (Chiles Stuffed with Pork in Walnut Sauce)
16. Chocolate Fudge
17. Chocolate Pudding (I'm guessing I don't get credit for Jell-o pudding?)
18. Choucroute (Sauerkraut and Pork Stew)
19. Clam Chowder
20. Coq au Vin (Chicken Stewed in Wine)
21. Coulibac (Russian Fish Pie)
22. Couscous Chick Chick (Moroccan Chicken Stew)
23. Crayfish Bisque
24. Creme Caramel (Caramelized Pudding)
25. Crepes
26. Croquetas (Spanish Croquettes)
27. Daube de Boeuf a la Provencale (Provencal Beef Stew) 2
8. Doughnuts
29. Duck a l'Orange
30. Escabeche of Vegetables (Cold Briased Vegetables in Vinegar Sauce)
31. Fresh Ham With Star Anise
32. (Southern) Fried Chicken
33. Fried Rice
34. Gaeng Pet Gai (Thai Red-Curry Chicken)
35. Gazpacho
36. Genoise a l'Orange
37. Gravlax (Swedish Cured Salmon)
38. Gumbo
39. Hollandaise Sauce
40. Homard a l'Americaine ("American" Lobster)
41. Hong Kong Salt Shrimp
42. Hummus
43. Jambon Persille (Ham with Parsley)
44. Kibbeh Nayeh (Lebanese Raw Ham with Bulghur)
45. Lamb Biryani (Indian Lamb and Rice Ragout)
46. Lasagne
47. Macaroni and Cheese
48. Macaroons
49. Maiale in Latte (Italian Pork Roast in Milk)
50. Marmalade
51. Mashed Potatoes
52. Mayonnnaise (ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww)
53. Meat Loaf
54. Moules Mariniere (Mussels Steamed in Wine)
55. Moussaka
56. Navin de Mouton Printanier (Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables)
57. Omelet
58. Onion Soup
59. Osso Buco alla Milanese (Milanese Veal Shanks)
60. Oysters Rockefeller
61. Paella Valenciana (Valencian Rice Casserole)
62. Paris-Brest (Cream-Puff Cake)
63. Pasta e Fagioli (Noodles and Beans)
64. Pate Brisee (Pie Crust)
65. Peking Duck
66. Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Soup)
67. Picadillo Boliviano (Chopped Meat With Shoestring Potatoes)
68. Pizza (Hello Dominos? I'd like a large veggie and a large pepperoni...)
69. Plum Pudding
70. Poori (Indian Bread Puff)
71. Pork Vindaloo
72. Profiteroles au Chocolat (Cream Puffs with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream)
73. Quenelles de Brochet (Lyonnais Pike Dumplings)
74. Quiche
75. Ribollita (Tuscan Bean and Greens Soup)
76. Rice Pudding
77. Risotto
78. Ropa Vieja (Cuban Beef Casserole)
79. Saltimbocca all Romana (Breaded Veal and Ham)
80. Saurbraten (German Marinated Pot Roast)
81. Savarin Valaisanne (Yeast Ring Cake Soaked with Swiss Pear Brandy)
82. Shepherd's Pie
83. Sole Meuniere
84. Souffle
85. Spaghetti (I'm assuming they mean sauce and not noodles)
86. Standing Rib Roast
87. Steak au Poivre (Steak with Pepper Sauce)
88. Strawberry Preserves
89. Suckling Pig
90. Szechwan Dry-Fried Beef
91. Tamales (I helped my mom once...do I get a gold star?)
92. Tempura
93. Terrine of Foie Gras
94. Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Potato Omelet)
95. Tripes a la Mode de Caen
96. Truite au Bleu (Boiled Trout)
97. Vinaigrette
98. Vitello Tonnato (Veal with Tuna)
99. Waterzooi (Belgian Chicken Stew)
100. Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)
101. Zabaglione (Egg Yolk Foam)

What planet is this dude from??? I have (or in the past have) made 8 of these recipes consistently. Half of them I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole, seeing's how I don't like most fishy things. I have made edible bread, but I didn't bother to bold it. It's too much work, and the older I get the simpler my cooking gets. Honestly, I just don't like to take the time to cook anything fancy. And besides, it would be totally wasted on Hamburger. So if it's not simple, it's not happening. I would argue that everyone should know (or know someone (like mom) who knows) how to make the following (yes, from scratch!):

chocolate chip cookies
one good chicken dish (mine is chicken stuffed with olive tapenade and feta cheese)
soup (I'll let you chose the type, but it should be homemade)
hamburgers (appropriately, Hamburger makes much better hamburgers than I do)
a really good sandwich (our secret ingredient is avocado)

I will agree that mac 'n cheese and meatloaf and mashed potatoes belong on the list. I love homemade mac 'n cheese. My arteries are grateful that HB doesn't, so it doesn't get made very often.

What would be on your list?

2 comment(s):

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Lisamm said...

That's a wacky list. Suckling pig?? Um.. no thanks.

Adding to your much more normal list, I think adult Americans should know how to cook a turkey, so that they can host Thanksgiving dinner. My 43 yr old sister has never done it.

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