Do you ever get "type-cast" as a cook who makes one dish so well that people only think of that dish when they think of you? Here's my own example...then please think about this in terms of yourself.
We frequently have family gatherings that are done potluck style. One of my relatives typically hosts these gatherings and assigns out responsibility for which type of dish we are to bring. Once, a year or so ago, I brought a salad that everyone really liked. Nothing exciting or very labor-intensive - just had strawberries, toasted almonds and red onions with a bottled poppyseed dressing. (I was extremely busy with work and stuff going on at home at that time so was looking for a "throw-together" dish to bring. 99% of the time I make my own salad dressing. Bottled dressing makes me shudder.) Everyone raved and raved about it. I even gave out the recipe to several of my relatives.
So now, whenever there is a family gathering, that salad is specifically requested....so I feel compelled to bring it....and frustrated because it requires absolutely no culinary skill to make. My mother-in-law even hinted that she hoped I was making "my strawberry salad" for the backyard party we had this past weekend. I did not.
My husband asked me why I wasn't making the salad and my response was that I do not want to continue to be defined by that salad. I don't like making the same thing all the time. I figure, they now have the recipe - they can make the salad to their hearts' content.
What about you - are you "type-cast" by a certain dish? Do you try to break free, or grudgingly comply?
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