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Favorite Dishes: The Cooking Thread

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I haven't seen any threads on cooking. I enjoy both cooking and dining out. I'm an omnivore and love to come upon a new restaurant to try. I grew up within driving distance of NOLA so consider great food a given. (Also, I know that recipes usually begin...first you make a roux....lol.)

Tonight's meal was a vegetarian feijoada involving much mincing, sautéing, and dirtying of pans. But the end result, ah! When I spooned the lemon sauce onto the beans and rice, the taste was just what I had hoped for!

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I'll join this chat! Several years ago I started going a lot more cooking - better cooking (not just dumping salsa and peanut butter over spaghetti and calling it 'Thai' food) - and paying better attention to flavors and ingredients. Watching some cooking shows on TV has been helpful, reading cook books not just for the recipes but for the techniques, etc, and also lots of trial and error. (So many errors! So much profanity!) 

Currently, I'm doing 'paleo' cooking and finding that this is pretty fun too. Some cooking guides are better than others. I really like the "Nom Nom Paleo" book (that I've seen in ads on this site, actually) and the America's Test Kitchen has finally come out with a good comprehensive cook book. The paleo cookbooks by Julie Bauer are also good ones with easy, tasty recipes. 

Now that I'm cooking more I find that when I go out to eat I am drawn really specifically to things I can't (or won't bother to) make at home - like fancy sushi rolls or things with hollandaise. 

I'd love to hear about anyone's favorite recipes! 

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Another dish I like is eggplant puttanesca. That's my version of eggplant parmesan, made with a kicked up puttanesca sauce. The original recipe was low-fat, but I use whole-milk ricotta and mozzarella. I like it much better than regular eggplant parm, which always seemed rather blah to me. 

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Um - are you speaking English right now? I'm pretty much inept when it comes to cooking anything that isn't prepackaged and comes with microwave instructions. You would think living alone I would have learned to cook a long time ago but, I just never managed to muster any interest. Lately I've been trying to be healthier in my food choices which is no easy task when you only know how to cook 1 or 2 dishes that anyone would even recognize as food (although I have discovered a love for lots of different raw foods). At 48 years old my metabolism doesn't seem to appreciate the McDonald's. Dorito, Twinkie diet the way my younger self did. So, if you assume I don't even know the basics of cooking and that my tastes run very much in the meat and potatoes vein (plus I've never developed a taste for any kind of fish at all) - what's a good place for a hack like me to start learning?

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Hmmm, okay. I'd start with a good cookbook. Meat and potatoes? Let's see...I did a little research and came up with  Meat and Potatoes:The Essential Cookbook by Maria Luisa Scott, Jack Denton Scott that promises step by step recipes for not only basic recipes but more adventuresome fare when you are ready. Then for  good basic cookbooks, there's Mark Bittmann's How To Cook Everything and Sheila Lukins' The New Basics Cookbook (this one will actually instruct you on how to boil an egg).  I personally couldn't live without Emeril's Louisiana Real And Rustic, but you might want to wait on that until you've mastered some basic cooking skills. It won't take long, though. Cooking is learned, like anything else. Just get the best tools you can and the freshest ingredients. Have time and patience with yourself. You'll be creating tasty meals in no time!

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My latest favorite sandwich: thinly slice a honeycrisp apple,an avocado,  and feta cheese (crumbled will work if you can't get bulk) . Place between good artisan flatbread which has been rubbed with EVO and then sprinkled with fresh lime juice and minced fresh mint leaves (around 1 T or to taste) before closing. NB-the type of bread you choose makes a BIG difference, as this is a very moist sandwich and will cause most American breads to disintegrate.

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Lemons. Brussel spouts. Eggs. This afternoon I tried a new chicken recipe with lemons and sage and wanted to make some Brussel sprouts. Also, I had hard boiled some eggs earlier with the idea of deviling them, so those got added to the queue as well. All possessing elements of orbishness. 

This wasn’t the most challenging of challenges, and I think it all turned out okay. I documented the process in case something exciting happened — 

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— But nothing much did. Goodness was achieved, and lots of left-overs. 

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If you are a fan of one-dish meals, here's an simple meal that packs plenty of punch:  Baked chicken thighs with kale and mushrooms, served over basmati rice. (if you make the rice, two dishes, but why quibble?)  I use boneless skinless that I buy locally that I know are raised humanely and the kale and mushrooms are local and organic. I always cook extra chicken for my dog, sans sauce. Chicken is her favorite, though she does like the steak that her admirer, aka my landlord, provides on a regular basis.

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I love shrimp... scampi, fettuccine, cajun, curried, sushi... 

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I love sushi and would love to learn to make it but I'm intimidated by the process. Not to mention that in South Africa, the ingredients are helps expensive which makes buying it better. 

It has been a goal of mine to make Chinese food well but I just can't seem to get it right.

Any tips or suggestions would be great.

 

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Lunch today for those of you who are vegan or who have to follow a gluten-free/dairy free regimen:

stir-fried kale and tofu with coconut and sriracha and basmati rice....long on flavor with none of those troublesome ingredients that will cause you woe!

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Last night I made some beef stew (since autumn is here in the PNW) which I had made before and really liked. But because I fooled with the recipe too much and had the crockpot on the wrong setting it took forever to finish and then I was too tired to have any. I hate when that happens! Beef stew for breakfast! 

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Here is my beef stew. It is the best beef stew I've EVER found, bar none. I will gladly and generously share the recipe, but you must follow the recipe I give you, at least on the first batch. No deviating! After that, if you want to play around, say substitute sriaracha for tabasco, knock yourself out. (I'm aware that I can't follow you home through the keyboard and virtually enforce this request but make it nonetheless.)

 

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@keltheimpossible shared this recipe with me (along with "cooking for idiots" type instructions - thanks for that :D) not too long ago. I've made it three times since. It really is delicious.  

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Hey, I would like to get KeltheImpossible's recipe too (messaged!)

This week I made a curried (red, spicy) pumpkin soup. Pretty simple and goes well with a lot of things as the curry and pumpkin blend well and neither overshadows the other. (Also, I finally kept some take-out soup containers to use for storing my own soups in the fridge. These are so much better than have sloshy pots or heavy glass storage. Just don't reheat in the plastic. :)  Next up = cauliflower and leek soup, a new recipe I'm trying. 

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Message received and recipe sent! :)

Here are some of the things I can't live without, food-wise: EVO; dark sesame oil; dried unsweetened coconut flakes; McIlhenny Sriracha Sauce; McIlhenny Tabasco Sauce; Zatarain's Creole Seasoning; Bear-Naked Chocolate Elation Granola (seriously addicted), green niagara grapes (when available), organic Honeycrisp Apples, Jif Natural Creamy Peanutbutter.......ok, that's a long enough list. You get the picture. What about the rest of you? Oh, and, VERY IMPORTANT-TEA TEA TEA (I buy mine from small tea farmers in China-all organic, some wild-sourced.) 

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keltheimpossible said:

I haven't seen any threads on cooking. I enjoy both cooking and dining out. I'm an omnivore and love to come upon a new restaurant to try. I grew up within driving distance of NOLA so consider great food a given. (Also, I know that recipes usually begin...first you make a roux....lol.)

Tonight's meal was a vegetarian feijoada involving much mincing, sautéing, and dirtying of pans. But the end result, ah! When I spooned the lemon sauce onto the beans and rice, the taste was just what I had hoped for!

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Hey, so I'm new here (like, just got access an hour ago new) and when I saw a cooking thread I was all "this is where I belong" and THEN when I clicked through and saw that the first pic was a variation of feijoada I was super excited because I'm Brazilian. I have never tried a vegetarian feijoada, but would love to.

I've heard some people add smoked tofu "sausages" and roasted red peppers to add the smokiness to the beans. Mind if I ask what you added?

P.S. it looks delicious! And thanks for including your dog in the pic! lol

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That recipe was a while ago. I think I used some smoked paprika. I'll try to remember where I got the recipe and look it up. 

Miss P would be included in ALL pics, if she had her way! She has her own FB page, unlike me. You won't EVER see pic one of me on FB, though I'll occasionally post on her page.

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>< SO much food to choose from... But I think I would go with curry crab for favorite. :) 

I eat proteins and low/med carb for the most part unless i have to fast for something then I want a burger or chicken now right after:P (being respectful to family religion, mom's not strict but try to fast for Divali -Hindu) 

I am open to almost anything foodie.. not sure about spiders or durian.. o0 

Locally in Trinidad we eat alot of curry and Trinidad stew which is like brown sugar sauted with  oil and onions then when bubbling up u add the meat which coats it in a sweet taste then you and tomatoes ro ketchup and alot of fresh seasonings. some carrots at times.. and you eat that with flat bread (roti) or rice. Theres alot of spicey food here, and more cultural foods come in daily :) yay!.

Personally my cooking style.. is all over the place I love grilled foods especially some mushrooms, broccoli, chicken, plantains!!,  .. :P yes I love imported veges haha! love snack wise some kale rubbed down with peanutbutter and lots of spices!! rawr!! then baked in the oven.. yumm chips! 

Omg roasted pumpkin is delicious.. I love fresh veges chopped up in a soup with anything!!.. 

When im low on time ready made stuff mixed with some fresh food its poof!! foodie!

K I should go sleep now.. laterz remember to let ur palate run wild.. unless ur like me and burn ur tongue tasting things nope it didn't need salt.. ><

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Hey everyone all of these dishes sound and look absolutely delicious!  Has anyone ever tried a homemade Ruben Lasagna? It's actually quite good!

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Not your mother's pot roast: this was marinated in wine, 7 cloves of garlic, plus sriracha sauce and some other spices and herbs then cooked with root vegetables and andouille sausage in the marinade in a slow oven for 5 hours. Result-a tender spicy roast with tasty veggies and some andouille for lagniappe!

 

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great pix of some tasty dishes.  thanks.  May I ask for the recipe for stir-fried kale and tofu with coconut and sriracha and basmati rice? 

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I've been visiting a friend in OK, which is the tech zone from hell. So my internet is spotty, which is why no-one's heard from me in ages. Here's what I've been cooking: roasted pork loin with rosemary and lemon; garlic and ginger-glazed sticky pork; my world-famous beef stew w/coffee AND my second version with Guiness, only no Guiness available here so made with Amber Bock (NOT as good!); chicken soup your bubbe wishes she made with Reisen egg noodles (these are seriously good-if you haven't tried them, you should!); picadillo with polenta and frijoles negros; tamal en cazuela. Today is cold, cold, cold, so I'm making a recipe I've been eying for awhile at the NyTimes: kimchijigae, a kimchi soup involving kimchi, pork belly (which was unavailable, natch, so I'm substituting bacon), and tofu, among other things, spiced with gochugaru (also unavailable, so I have to use regular red pepper flakes). I'll let you know how it turns out! Any recipes gladly shared! Happy eating, folks!

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I've only been veggie for a month so far and I'm also on a mission to loose some weight so I've been cooking healthy and veggie dishes... experimenting with meat alternatives and new flavours. I'm currently trying to make a healthy chocolate brownie... Except I substituted some of the ingredients like instead of cranberries I used prunes (working with what we had in) and as I hate coffee I only used a very mild, completely milk coffee (yah kinda made it not vegan too lol... Interested to try with almond milk). Also I used some generic gluten free flower not oat flower... The result was alright but actually nicer the next day as they became even more moist overnight.

I tried making a batch tonight which used an avocado and no banana but um... atm it's kinda more of a chocolate pudding than a brownie! Great flavour though... maybe if I add a bit more flour? Also I added chilli, nutmeg and cinnamon... again great flavour - just need to get the consistency right!

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