I LOVE food. I especially love Italian dishes. Sometime ago, I decided that I will try to duplicate some of my most enjoyed dishes at home to share with my friends and family. I've been successful so far. Last night, I lived dangerously and tried to duplicate a dish from Cheesecake Factory. I forget what they called it on their menu, but basically it's Parmesan crusted chicken breast and pasta with olive oil and butter sauce. I modified it a little and added my own flavor to it (more italian herbs, garlic in the pasta etc.). To my surprise it turned out beautifully! It didn't quite look like Cheesecakes version, but it did taste pretty darn close.. maybe even better. The friends I made it for enjoyed it and since I cook in bulk by some weird habit I learned in college, we have leftovers to enjoy. I was nervous about how to go about breading the chicken breast with the cheese and not wanting to make the breast dry and what not..but even I surprised myself.
(by the way, I made the dish without a recipe)
Have you ever tried duplicating a meal you enjoyed in a restaurant without a recipe? How did it work for you? Or you can just share what meal you would like to duplicate...