“What do you call this?”
Having cooked for many, many people – friends, family, acquaintances, etc – over the years, I have found that there are two types of people. Those who are into cooking will ask what is in a dish. Those who aren’t tend to ask me what it is called, instead. The first type of question is straightforward and easy to answer. The second is not.
Now, I’m not talking about cooking in a restaurant or anything like that, since every dish on the menu is going to have some sort of identifying title, just as the recipes in my archives do. I’m simply talking about dishes you make at home. I usually come up with names based on the ingredients in the food – Dark Chocolate Muffins or Grilled Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger , for instance – or on the source of the recipe, as in Dave’s Turkey Chili. These titles indicate what a dish is and how I identify it here, but not necessarily what I call it. Frankly, I call the vast majority of them “dessert” and leave it at that.
So the question today is do you name your dishes? If not, when someone asks you “what do you call” a particular cookie recipe (for example), do you make up a name or, as I do, simply say something along the lines of “a cookie with chocolate and butterscotch chips” and leave it at that?