Describe Your Cooking Skills and We'll Tell You What You Should Make This Thanksgiving!

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Describe Your Cooking Skills and We'll Tell You What You Should Make This Thanksgiving!
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About This Quiz

Holidays call for special meals, and special meals call for special skills. Buying candy for Halloween is one thing, but mastering pot roast is another skill set entirely. Let's see what you are prepared to cook this Thanksgiving.
Are you good at keeping an eye on the clock?
I'm good at it.
I'm okay with it.
I'm very good at watching the clock.
I'm not good at it. I have to sit there and watch all day.

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Are you fastidious about preparation?
Of course! I don't want raw meat juices going everywhere.
I try to be, because it makes things go more easily when cooking.
I am, but I can't account for anyone else working in the same kitchen.
I'm not.

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Do you clean as you cook?
I do not.
I try, but I'm bad at it.
I can.
I do not.

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Can you keep track of several dishes at once?
Yes, I can.
Maybe two
Maybe three
No

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How good are you with seasonings?
I can get by.
If I do all of them before putting things in the oven, then I can cope.
I can handle some simple seasonings.
I'm not good with them.

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Do you know how to roast potatoes so they end up crispy on the outside?
Yes, I do.
I can look it up online.
I can ask my mother.
I have no idea.

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When you roast spuds, what prep do you do before putting them into hot oil in the oven?
Boil until a little soft, then shake in the dry pot to fluff them.
Boil them a little.
Just peel and cut them.
Wash them.

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How are you with desserts?
Not amazing
I'm okay.
I'm terrible.
I'm great.

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Are you team cake or team pie?
I'm agnostic.
It depends on my mood.
Team cake.
Team pie.

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Have you ever wanted to roast something other than chicken?
Nope
I want to roast something like a "super chicken."
Absolutely
As long as it isn't meat.

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Are you an eccentric cook?
No, I'm a traditionalist.
Yes, I am.
I am very traditional, but I don't like cooking the same old thing.
No, but I like to make things pretty.

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Are you good at managing flavor combinations?
Only if I've cooked with them hundreds of times.
Yes, I am.
No, I am not.
Only if there are two or three of them.

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Do you know how to carve a bird?
Yes, I do.
I'm not great at it but I get by.
I can't.
I'm a vegetarian.

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Do you know how to carve a roast that isn't a bird?
Not very well
Not if it has bones
Only if it has a big bone
I'm a vegetarian.

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Are you good at turning pedestrian ingredients into something tasty?
I can do that with traditional "simple" ingredients.
No
If by "simple" you mean uncomplicated but potentially unusual, then yes.
Yes

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Are you good at cooking fancy foods?
No, just simple ones
I'm only good at simple directions.
I can get fancy.
I can make the simple become fancy.

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Do you prefer sweet or savory food?
I like a bit of both.
I want more than one kind of savory.
I like all savory all day.
I like it sweet.

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How are you at cooking with butter?
Very good
Pretty good
Not great
I know how to grease a pan.

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Do you know how to season without over-seasoning?
Yes
Not really. I have rely on simple flavors.
I can control things if I have one or two simple seasonings.
No

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Do you lose track of time when cooking?
Rarely
Sometimes
Never
Always

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Can you cook red meat without ruining it?
Not really
If It's a slow roast.
Yes
I'm a vegan.

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Can you convince your diners to eat something strange?
No way
Yes way
Strange? No. Interesting? Sure.
I just can't convince them to eat meat.

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How are your skills with a food processor?
Not amazing
Okay
I can do small batches.
I'm a master.

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Can you make food look pretty?
In a traditional sort of way.
No, I just follow directions.
I rely on the food naturally looking pretty.
I can make the simplest things look amazing.

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Do you like to surprise your guests?
No, I like to impress but not surprise.
I like to shock them.
I like giving them a pleasant surprise.
No, I just want to give them something delicious.

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Do you have any vegetarians coming?
Yes, but there will be plenty of veg already.
Yes, but I hate them.
No, and my guests love red meat.
Yes, vegans in fact.

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Do you believe Thanksgiving is actually kind of silly?
Yes, and that's what's great about it.
Yes, and it needs some updating.
No, it's just that most people celebrate in a way that's a bit twee.
No, it's a celebration of wonderful winter food.

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Are any relatives coming who frankly do not deserve a delicious turkey?
Nope, I love them all.
Some are too good for turkey.
Some deserve a special surprise.
Some of my relatives are bastards.

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If you were planning to cook meat but couldn't be sure it was free range, what would you do?
I call the butcher and ask.
I look it up on line.
I don't care.
I'm a vegan.

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How far in advance of cooking the turkey do you defrost that bad boy?
I start defrosting the day before.
The night before
The week before
Who needs to defrost? I have a microwave.

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