Discussion in 'The Cookbook' started by Sabre, Feb 27, 2016.
Sounds good. I'll be over on Friday.
Bring adult beverages of your choice! Are you on the South Coast?
Did you know dachshunds like crawfish? Also satsumas.
Who would have thunk.
I'm a pretty decent cook overall, but I have a few excellent dishes
1). Cheesecakes (name the flavor and I can find a variation of it. Mocha is my current favorite).
2). Leg of lamb
3). Homemade yeast risen waffles
If I can just figure out the homemade fruit wine, I'll be set
Nope East. About an hour or two west of Boston.
I had a Dachshund when I was younger and I remember taking him fishing and eating and him sneaking over to eat/try to eat the Trout or Hornpout I had on the stringer..
That dog had no fear what so ever... There where a few times where he dove in the water after Water Moccasins and Snapping Turtles.
Eggs, I cook eggs about daily. Sounds simple but they are one of the harder foods to cook properly. I was once told the chef's hat has 100 folds, each one for a way to cook an egg.
Pretty much anything on a stove/broiler/grill. Baking not so much. I'll roast meat or veg, but haven't made bread in years. I don't have the patience to leave anything alone that long.
Lots of 'what's in the cupboard' concoctions, have gotten pretty good at that over the years.
Not big on desserts, so not much skill there.
I end up doing a lot british irish german stuff and some American and a little Russian a tiny bit of Asian but i'd like to get into Scottish and Norway stuff to
Now you're talking! But I can't make biscuits that don't come out of the frozen section at the grocery store. AKA "Grands"
But if you want to talk sausage gravy..... First off, you "must" do it in a well seasoned "black iron", cast iron, frying pan. Fry a good quality, well seasoned when made whole-hog pork sausage. Fry this until it starts turning a little "crispy" on the outside. Take the sausage out and put aside keeping "all" the pan residue in the pan. If there's an inordinate amount of grease, get rid of "some" of it, but not all of it. You need some grease in this. Scrape and loosen the pan residue at the bottom of the pan. Slowly add a goodly amount of flour stirring as you go and brown the flour. When properly browned, add milk and water while stirring to prevent lumps, creating a good pan around at least 1/2 full of gravy. Crumble the cooked sausage into this, add salt and pepper to taste, stirring occasionally, and let simmer until it starts to thicken a bit. Break open your biscuits and ladle the gravy you've just made over them. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: This is "NOT" a health food! Sausage gravy and biscuits were not intended to be healthy.
I cook loads of stuff, but have a few favorites;
Pizza (I make the crust)
General Tso’s Chicken
Spicy rice noodles
Unfair question for me
My first carded in life I did a culinary apprenticeship and work as chef
I no longer cook professionally
but still enjoy cooking
As long as I can find ingredients, It’s in my repertoire
I’ve been going back and deconstructing and writing recipes down that existed only in my hands and head
For example I finally broke down and measured how I make hummus from scratch......
Visited a bunch of local ethnic food stores to find a good olive oil
Found an inexpensive gray salt
Since it virtually Impossible to find a real hollandaise I made that recently
I often revisit french and Italian home style cuisine
Revisited the different styles of omelets
Making soup recently .. avgolemno and matzoh
I can’t believe I found an organic bakery that makes old country style bread
I know where there is a local organic farm I will occasionally pick food for a meal
Rendered beef fat for cooking and making soap.
Rendered pork fat for cooking
I’m in the south so i really enjoy smoking
Any thing slow food 12 plus hour braised pork belly
Slow roasting anything
I have an induction cooker and have been fine tuning and playing with cooking temps
Revisiting and mastering southern cooking. Biscuits, smoked brisket, real grits, onion gravy, sausage gravy, fried chicken, fried cabbage, collard greens, hoppin John
I could go on and on........
was saddened at a party recently where nothing was scratched cooked........
My wife and I have a system that works pretty well for us. If it goes in the stove, she preps and cooks it (unless it's a waterbath item. Then I prep and cook it. Creme brulee, cheesecake, etc.). If it goes on the stovetop, I am allowed to touch, season and occasionally cook it.
If it's grilled or seared, I cook it, unless it's seafood... Then she usually cooks it. Sous vide and instant pot is a toss-up, depending on the dish. Air fry and deep fry she cooks it. Soup is another toss-up. Depends on the soup.
Breakfast. I usually do the eggs if they are fried, poached or omelet. She does them if they are scrambled. I make the biscuits and gravy, she makes the creme brulee french toast, pancakes and breakfast burritos.
She handles the potatoes, except for mashed potatoes. She handles pasta, except when we make the pasta from scratch, then it's a team effort.
She buys meat in bulk, so she is the butcher when it comes to portioning it for the freezer. I'm the meat carver in the family. Even at large family gatherings. (apparently being a professional welder grants one the ability to perfectly slice meat.) Watching Gordan Ramsey break down chickens a few times will give a person the know how needed to cut up poultry.
We both do rice. She handles grits, quinoa and other things that wish they were rice but aren't. I do the sushi and sashimi. She does the prime rib. We both bake breads from scratch.
We actually cooked most of the food for our own wedding. (With a little help from her brother). If you want to feed 100+ people good, cheap food, I recommend the following:
Penne, spaghetti and fettuccine noodles in seperate pans, a pan of red sauce, a pan of white sauce (Alfredo), a pan of pesto based sauce, a pan of chopped grilled chicken, and a pan of meatballs. (That is what is on the table. There are multiple pans of this stuff). 20 sliced loaves of everything bread from Wal-Mart. (It's good bread and for $20, can't be beat). Tubs of whipped garlic butter. Lots of Caesar salad.
It was a kid friendly, build-your-own pasta buffet. I think it ended up costing about $200 to feed about 120 people. We had lots of leftovers of everything. The only thing that had to be cooked on site was the noodles. Everything else we made ahead of time, so it was just heat and serve. Our pastor was quite impressed. So much so, that he and his wife have asked my wife to run the kitchen for the church's annual camp two years in a row, and for the foreseeable future.
Any advice? Duck fat is the best oil in the world to sear steaks with. Sous vide is the best way to cook steaks and a few other things.
When outdoor grilling, indirect heat is your friend, keep the lid closed and invest in an infrared thermometer and a digital timer.
Five things every good kitchen should have (but most don't).
1. Sharp knives
2. A large cast iron skillet
3. A cast iron dutch oven
4. A large stock pot
5. A good supply of both fresh and dried herbs.
My favorite thing to make is my take on Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana.
sounds like I need to hang out with you and wife!!!!
I love making the Olive Garden also
For general use fat.... chicken, pork, and beef fat are also good.
This has nothing to do with food, but your comment about being a welder piqued my curiosity.
What kind of welding to you predominately do? Ironworker? Pipe? Nuclear? Shipbuilding? Etc.??
I know most welders I've known do one if they can choose, but are capable of many.
I am not a welder, but worked for a largish welding supply company here in Piedmont NC back some years ago. Dealt with a number of things from small job shops to places building turbines for nuclear plants and companies building power plants here in the US and overseas. My first wife's dad was a pipe welder, pressure vessels, and a few others. It was an interesting few years.
Interesting thread. Mine is pretty limited although it has begun to expand as I have more time on my hands to do some cooking.
My first go to dish was NY Strip steaks marinated in a combination of teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, garlic, pepper and rosemary. I use the same recipe with flank, hangar, skirt steaks. I've tended to not marinate my NY Strips as much since I find that cut of meat to not need anything more than some olive oil, garlic and pepper.
My second dish that I learned from the restaurant I worked in as a teen and into my early 20's is called Chicken Gizmonda. It's essentially a francaise sauce. Chicken breasts pounded to tenderize, dipped in flour and egg and half cooked in oil. Dump the oil and sauce in white wine, lemon, butter and garlic until tender and cooked through. I impressed many a date in my early days with this dish.
I've made Split Pea Soup
I made an amazing Mac & Cheese for a party
I've made authentic Buffalo Wings, complete with a propane fryer and the classic Anchor Bar sauce recipe. Frank's Hot Sauce, lots of butter, cayenne (I think) and probably other stuff. They were a hit at last year's Super Bowl party.
I've made lots of of other things that I can't remember off the top of my head. I have come to really enjoy hearing people so "OMG! This is delicious". In fact, I just made dinner for my wife, son and sister in law consisting of the aforementioned steak marinade. I used Flank Steak. As an accompaniment I made some Near East Garlic & Herb cous cous and Carmelized Butternut Squash. Cubed butternut squash tossed with butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper, and baked for 50 minutes.
Here's the thing though. Any can follow a recipe, which is what I do 99% of the time . So I don't consider myself anything special. In fact I'm quite ordinary. I've toyed with the idea of trying to learn how to truly cook by taking some classes. We'll see. For the time being, I can be found checking out Epicurious recipes as well as others I find from searching Google.
I've two friends who were graduates of Johnson & Wales. Both quite adept in their particular area. They.went back to recipes from time to time. So don't sell yourself short!
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