Probably not the best title I could think of, but it's the best I could do with a head cold.
I would say that in terms of home cooking, I am pretty much mid-level, "basic" meals type of cook. A lot of what I do is well within a comfort zone of "tried and true" dishes (Meats with simple sauces, pasta dishes, salads, etc). One of the dishes well outside of my comfort zone was risotto. When you get really good risotto at a restaurant, it's REALLY good- however, I've heard time and time again that it was time-consuming and difficult to recreate at home for a beginner cook.
Well, this week I was able to suck it up and give it a try. I managed to make a parmesean and pea risotto without burning anything/ending up with a gloppy mess of arborio rice and cheese. I know for most CHers this might not seem like a big deal, but I thought it was really good for me to just try making something that I previously thought I couldn't make myself.
Do any other CHers have stories like this? Maybe the first Thanksgiving dinner you made on your own, or recreating a restaurant favorite?
As for me, my next "goal" is homemade pie, without using premade pie crusts - scary! :o)