Who likes cooking?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Gryffindorian, May 3, 2013.

  1. Sigokat

    Sigokat Commander Red Shirt

    Rhubardodendron, I'm not entirely sure :) I guess whichever would go with a pecan pie. I have some other pie recipes I'm wanting to try when I get back home as well.

    The recipe book that my Grandmother made was for all her children (6 total) and included all their favorite recipes growing up and then all the rest she used to do. It includes everything from appetizers to drinks to desserts. She was a beast in the kitchen!!

    I have the book now because it came to me when my father passed away 2 years ago (he was only 57). I have yet to try any of her recipes but plan to do so when I get home. Some of the things I remember her making from when i was a child were so good!
     
  2. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Location:
    inside teacake
    I'm really sick to death of cooking, as I said in the veggie thread I enjoy assembling. Even making cold vietnamese rolls is more about assemblage.

    I do however love eating.
     
  3. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    Joined:
    May 12, 2001
    Location:
    Peach Wookiee
    Can anyone recommend a good strawberry cake recipe? I tried the Pillsbury cake mix and think it's too... dense.
     
  4. JayOwl

    JayOwl Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Location:
    The Shire.
    Yep, I cook a lot. Well, at least every week or two. I do lasagna, chili con carne/ bolognese and other pasta dishes quite well. I took a catering course (and did some work experience) 2-3 years ago so I can do that thing where you chop vegetables really fast (while avoiding my fingers!) which is genuinely fun. :D

    I also do baking on occasion (usually biscuits/cakes and such) and a few deserts; I suppose my 'specialty' would be lemon or lime cheesecake. I also flip pancakes, which is always a laugh. ;)
     
  5. Gryffindorian

    Gryffindorian Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2002
    Location:
    Gryffindorian
    If salads count, I can make some pretty decent veggie salads. And I like my salads tossed. ;) Vinaigrette is the best dressing to use for this type, though I hardly if ever eat salads at home.
     
  6. R. Star

    R. Star Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2012
    Location:
    Shangri-La
    I make a killer grilled cheese. ;)
     
  7. Portal

    Portal Commander Red Shirt

    Joined:
    May 10, 2013
    I'm an expert at cooking angel hair pasta and it's not easy to get just right.
     
  8. Sephiroth

    Sephiroth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Location:
    Sephiroth
    my pot roast sandwiches are the envy of the galay. the secret ingredient? love.
     
  9. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    Joined:
    May 12, 2001
    Location:
    Peach Wookiee
    I made a prime rib dinner last night!
     
  10. bluedana

    bluedana Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Joined:
    May 1, 2006
    Location:
    bluedana
    I cook every night except Fridays (takeout pizza) and Saturdays (fast food or eat out), and by cooking I mean meat, starch, veg. Right now I'm in love with making soup (the slower cooked, the better) so I'm a little bummed that the weather is finally getting warmer. We've had soups every Thursday since October, except on Thanksgiving. I've got quite the repertoire now.

    As for cooking mags, I recommend Every Day, which is a Martha Stewart publication. The recipes are easy, and they rarely take more than 30-45 minutes start to finish. They use regularly available ingredients usually, and introduce other ingredients in a way that you'd actually want to eat them. I think it's available in an app.
     
  11. rhubarbodendron

    rhubarbodendron Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Joined:
    May 1, 2011
    Location:
    milky way, outer spiral arm, Sol 3
    In that case a plain shortbread dough would be best:
    Sift 250 g ( a good 2 cups) of flour onto the table or into a big bowl.
    Add a pinch of baking powder, 1 pinch of salt, 60-70 g (slightly less than 1/3 cup) sugar and the finely grated zest of half a lemon and mix these dry ingredients a bit with your hands.
    Make a crater in the flour-heap and cut 175 g (a good 3/4 cup) cold butter or margarine into small bits and spread them on the flour-mountain.
    Crack a very large egg open and put it in the crater. (You can also use 1 smaller egg and 1 yolk or 3 yolks - the more yolks, the more brittle the dough gets) and add 2 tablespooons of milk, sour cream, water or white wine.
    Now with a fork beat some flour from the rim into the egg/milk mixture. Knead in the rest of the flour and the butter. Work very quickly, the ingredients must stay cold else the dough gets too soft to properly roll out.
    Leave to rest in a cool place for at least half an hour (you can make the dough 1 day in advance).
    Then roll the dough out and press it into your pie dish. Cool again before filling if the dough gets too soft.

    Now you have 2 options: fill the pie crust with dried peas and bake it. (The baked peas can be reused for future pie shells.) Then insert the filling into the readily baked crust.
    Or: fill the pie immediately and bake it with the filling.

    Bake at 200-225°C / 400-430°F (lower temperature when filled, higher one when not filled. Depends a bit on the oven, though.)

    ======
    simplified version / grandmother method:
    1/2 lbs of flour , 1/4 lbs of butter, 1/8 lbs of sugar plus a pinch of salt, baking powder (or baking soda), 1 egg and a dollop of milkor water. Lemon zest or vanilla to taste.

    The trick with this simplified version is the relation 4:2:1 with flour, butter and sugar :) It's easier to as the above version. To improve this basic recipe simply take a little more butter and eggs and - voila! - you'll have the same as the long version :)
     
  12. tomalak301

    tomalak301 Admiral Premium Member

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2003
    Location:
    San Francisco Bay Area, CA
    I love too cook, but my cooking is pretty limited. Want to find new recipes and learn to cook healthier. My parents are leaving for a trip for a few weeks so that might be the time I experiment with new meals.
     
  13. Gryffindorian

    Gryffindorian Vice Admiral Admiral

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2002
    Location:
    Gryffindorian
    Thanks for the recipes and the magazine recommendation. I've found some easy-to-cook items from Food Network mag that are worth a try, using simple ingredients, too.
     
  14. Peach Wookiee

    Peach Wookiee Cuddly Mod of Doom Moderator

    Joined:
    May 12, 2001
    Location:
    Peach Wookiee
    I love their website, myself. :) I can also recommend Epicurious.