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Old May 3 2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Who likes cooking?

I am by no means a culinary expert, but my philosophy is that if you can boil water, you can cook. My parents and my eldest sister are the real cooks in the family. Their expertise is more towards Asian/Filipino foods.

As for me, I've done my share of cooking, but it's really basic stuff. My specialty used to be Tuna Helper pasta (which I haven't done in ages). My favorite dish to cook is ground beef with potatoes; it's really simple and tasty at the same time.

I have a subscription to Food Network Magazine, but I confess I'm almost intimidated by the recipes I read in there. I mean, who's got 12 hours to prepare a certain baked dessert or even a casserole? And I don't even know where to get some of the ingredients and the 5,000 varieties of cream, butter, and cheese. I figure if I want to eat lasagna, then off to Macaroni Grill I go, or if I get a hankering for a cheesecake, I'll hit the supermarket.

Do you like to cook (or bake or roast)? Do you have a specialty dish? What say you?
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Old May 3 2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Re: Who likes cooking?

I love cooking, By and large if I can't make it and don't know what is in it, I don't eat it*

* which doesn't apply to fine dining, I would rather go out then try to beat a pro at home.

As for stables, I have things I make over and over such as squid stew or perking king ribs but in the week I tend to two things that last two nights if that makes sense.
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Old May 3 2013, 05:56 PM   #3
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Re: Who likes cooking?

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I am by no means a culinary expert, but my philosophy is that if you can boil water, you can cook.
My wife says I can burn water.
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Old May 3 2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Re: Who likes cooking?

There are far simpler cookbooks with great recipes. America's Test Kitchen has interesting stuff, though sometimes it's more labor-intensive than I'm willing to do.

I have a very simple roast chicken recipe that Hubby loves, since it makes crispy skin, his favorite part. Eat the dark meat for dinner and make chicken salad of the white meat. Oh, and it takes about 1 1/2 hours to cook it. Not bad.
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Old May 3 2013, 06:27 PM   #5
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Re: Who likes cooking?

I'm not sure I have a specialty dish, Gryffindorian, but I do enjoy cooking. Some of my favorite dishes to make come from "Healthy Crockery Cookery." If you have a slow cooker, you can make some really good dishes, including porcupine meatballs.
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Old May 3 2013, 06:31 PM   #6
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Re: Who likes cooking?

There are levels of proficiency of course, but anybody can learn basic cooking, anybody at all.

If you say you can't then you're just not trying.
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Old May 3 2013, 06:34 PM   #7
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Re: Who likes cooking?

The wife and I both love to cook. Hooked on Food Network, we also subscribe to Food Network Magazine and try to do at least one thing out of each magazine. Oftentimes it is more than one. You can often replace ingredients within a recipe if something isn't available locally.
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Old May 3 2013, 06:34 PM   #8
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^Then again, there is my aunt, Pingfah. My aunt screws up Hamburger Helper. I figured out partly how she screws it up. She doesn't season the meat while she's browning it.

I've found some of one's best friends in the kitchen are garlic salt, onion powder and a bottle of cheap red wine.
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Old May 3 2013, 07:57 PM   #9
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Re: Who likes cooking?

I love cooking (and eating). Don't have a favourite dish or recipe, though. It always depends on my mood.
I love trying out ancient recipes (quite a lot of the stuff from Apicius Roman recipe book is pretty good) or to modify classical ones. For the last months I've been working on perfectioning my Lemon Velvet recipe. I want something lighter and fluffier and much less sweet than the traditional one.
When I cook, I usually just have a look at what I've got, what urgently needs to be used up or what is currently cheap at the market or in the stores. Then I figure out what fits together and make something from it.
In my experience good cooking is not half as complicated as many famous chefs want us to believe. If you use fresh ingredients of a good quality and don't exaggerate with the seasoning there is not much you can do wrong.
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Old May 3 2013, 08:12 PM   #10
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I agree. Fresh and good stuff matters more than complicated recipes. Talking about fresh stuff, I need to go pick some bear garlic in the woods over the weekend. It tastes like garlic but you only smell from your mouth and you can use it e.g. for a soup or for risotto or make pesto out of it.
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Old May 3 2013, 10:35 PM   #11
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I enjoy cooking, but it takes too long. There's so many other things that I'd rather do with my time then mess around in the kitchen. However, I don't want to live off frozen foods, so I tend to make a lot of one dish meals such as lasangas and stews to minimize my time investment per meal.
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Old May 5 2013, 09:24 AM   #12
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Re: Who likes cooking?

Gryffindorian wrote: View Post
I am by no means a culinary expert, but my philosophy is that if you can boil water, you can cook. My parents and my eldest sister are the real cooks in the family. Their expertise is more towards Asian/Filipino foods.

As for me, I've done my share of cooking, but it's really basic stuff. My specialty used to be Tuna Helper pasta (which I haven't done in ages). My favorite dish to cook is ground beef with potatoes; it's really simple and tasty at the same time.

I have a subscription to Food Network Magazine, but I confess I'm almost intimidated by the recipes I read in there. I mean, who's got 12 hours to prepare a certain baked dessert or even a casserole? And I don't even know where to get some of the ingredients and the 5,000 varieties of cream, butter, and cheese. I figure if I want to eat lasagna, then off to Macaroni Grill I go, or if I get a hankering for a cheesecake, I'll hit the supermarket.

Do you like to cook (or bake or roast)? Do you have a specialty dish? What say you?
Why not take a class if the subject interests you? There are often restaurants which do once a month cooking classes as a way to get people into the door and help educate people about how easy cooking can be. It seems a bit counter intuitive, I mean the restaurant is trying to sell food and if people cooked their own then there would be less business, but it actually turns out that it builds customer loyalty plus the restaurant makes a few bucks charging a fee for the class.
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Old May 5 2013, 10:42 AM   #13
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Re: Who likes cooking?

I do like to cook, rarely have the time or the energy to do so these days though. Did do hamburgers from homeground beef yesterday, with homemade buns and they turned out really great (this is way harder then it sounds to get right btw).

As for specialty dish, mine would probably be Penne pasta with sauteed aspargus, peppers, walnuts and garlic. hat one has a lot of stuff and some preparations in it, but I know the proportions and preparations by heart by now.
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Old May 5 2013, 11:15 AM   #14
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Re: Who likes cooking?

I make a killer pecan pie. Got the recipe from an old cookbook called someting like "Cook like a peasant, eat like a king"

I haven't mastered making my own pie crusts yet, but I have a recipe book from my late Grandmother that has a recipe for crusts in it that I'll probably attempt when I return from deployment. (Will have frozen crusts on hand in the freezer just in case it doesn't work out!
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Old May 6 2013, 05:28 AM   #15
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I make a killer pecan pie. Got the recipe from an old cookbook called someting like "Cook like a peasant, eat like a king"

I haven't mastered making my own pie crusts yet, but I have a recipe book from my late Grandmother that has a recipe for crusts in it that I'll probably attempt when I return from deployment. (Will have frozen crusts on hand in the freezer just in case it doesn't work out!
Interested in sharing the recipe? I don't like pecan pie myself, but it's always a family request at Thanksgiving!

I usually enjoy cooking, especially for others. It's a great creative outlet.
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