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Dishes or meals that you love to cook...but not to eat?

I realized anew last night that I love making risotto, but I don't particularly like eating it. I was feeling a little under the weather and out of sorts last night, and the chopping and stirring of making risotto was just what I needed. But then I ate it and didn't really enjoy eating it (thank goodness I love arancini!). (I don't think it's that I don't make good risotto, I've had it elsewhere too and it's not that I dislike it, it's fine, but it would never be my choice). I really make it only because the making of it is so fun. Do other people have these dishes or meals that they enjoy cooking, but don't really enjoy eating?

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  1. I'm another one in the risotto camp. I don't hate it, but I don't love it (or crave it, ever) - but I love the idea of it.

    The same goes for most pies, savoury or sweet. They're a blast to make, but I don't really want to eat them, and not just because they're usually fat-bombs.

    Ditto cupcakes, especially with frosting. Give me the beaters to make it, but you can lick them clean. Now muffins, however, are a whole othe story...

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    1. re: piccola

      see i'm the opposite. completely don't get the muffin thing. they do nothing for me but i love cupcakes. i keep making muffins since i like the idea of them but...

      now there are many of the opposite foods - that i love to eat but don't like to make but that's a whole different thread...

      1. re: AMFM

        Funny, isn't it? I think it has a lot to do with childhood. We only had cake for our birthdays growing up, so I never got used to the tender crumb + extra sweetness + frosting that comes with cake or cupcakes. On the other hand, my mom made quickbreads all the time, so they're my go-to carb. Particularly since they're so easy to customize (less sugar, various add-ins, etc.)

      2. re: piccola

        Me too with the risotto. Making it is fun, but I just don't like eating it that much. Guests that I make it for always love it, though, and that makes it worthwhile.

        1. re: piccola

          So weird! I was thinking risotto too. I'll be honest; I've never cooked it but it looks so fun to cook. I don't like it though! Odd how that was my immediate reaction...and you guys said the same thing.

          I also used to love cooking eggs but hated eating them. Now I don't mind eating eggs.

          1. re: Chew on That

            It really is fun to cook! Make it sometime before you're going to have people over, and then let it cool and use it to make arancini!

        2. This is pretty boring, but I think I make really superior scrambled eggs and I love making them for my son, though I have no desire to eat them.

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          1. re: Glencora

            Bingo! Same with me. I actually don't like eggs at all, but both my husband and daughter think I make the most killer scrambled eggs. It feels good to give them something they like so much, but I'm not about to eat them myself.

            I also love baking - it feels very zen. And while I usually love eating some of what I bake, I mostly give it away.

            1. re: Glencora

              I, too, enjoy making scrambled eggs, but would not even consider eating them myself. The only time I make them is when I am taking care of my neighbor's dogs. The dogs are super spoiled and won't eat plain dog food. My neighbor used to leave McDonald's cheeseburgers in the fridge, which I was supposed to warm up, chop, and mix in with the dry food. I refused to give fast food to innocent dogs, so I tried making scrambled eggs to get them to eat their kibble, and they loved it! Not really sure why I like to make scrambled eggs, maybe it's the mad scientist in me!

            2. Mac 'n cheese -- actually, anything with a lot of cheese. Family loves it, but I'm pretty repulsed by cheesiness. I love their enjoyment but am definitely eating something else!

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              1. re: Sarah

                I started cooking for my large family as a teenager and miss cooking many things that my partner and I do not eat because we are vegetarians:

                Fried Chicken
                Meatloaf
                My Aunt Rosies Meatballs
                Beef Wellington
                Duck with a Crispy Skin
                Baked Ham

                I could go on and on....

              2. If I'm doing a really REALLY difficult and exotic cake... Mater Beige's last b'day cake was a choc bomb with ganache and a dark chocolate collar with gold leaf and white chocolate curls with choc roses.

                I loved every minute of cooking it, but the smell of all that melted chocolate... I couldn;t eat a bit come the big day.

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                1. re: purple goddess

                  Oh, I can relate to this. Sometimes when I make something elaborate that takes a long time, I'm so sick of smelling the thing when I'm done, that I have no desire to eat it anymore.

                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                    I'm the same way with holiday dinners. I love planning and cooking them but when show time comes around and everyone is at the table I don't want anything to do with it!

                  2. re: purple goddess

                    Too much chocolate is a turnoff for me, too. There's a chocolate cake I get lots of requests for, but by the time I've put it all together, and inhaled all of the clouds of powdered cocoa, I've had enough chocolate.

                  3. I cannot stand the texture of wet/moist bread...it's totally a texture thing.

                    So, when I make Pineapple Upside Down cake for my family (especially for my mom), EVERYONE raves about it, and I've yet to taste it...and I started making it about 10 years ago when I saw the recipe on TV and thought "oh, that's pretty!". LOL

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                    1. re: akcskye

                      Hah, you reminded me of another one: creme brulee. I cannot stand the texture of it (or any desserts like that, flan, panna cotta, etc.), but I have fun making it, especially bruleeing the top!

                      1. re: JasmineG

                        I totally hear you there.

                        Jellos and stiff puddings aren't a favorite in my texture book either...but I bet the brulee would be fun...I like torches... haha