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Dead Man Walking: Walk Harder and Cook Better [Herpes]

StaleStale Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Social Entropy++
Round two.

The Cookbook is underway, sides and Breads are currently in test.


Development for Entrees is proceeding.



The rest of you can talk about food too.

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  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    probably the most intimidating thing for me about cooking a big meal is making sure all the stuff is done at the same time

    do you experts have some tips or tricks to getting everything on the table at once?

    or is it just the experience of know how long it takes to make something?

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  • UsagiUsagi Feminazgul ~*special snowflake*~Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Well if you're a nerd like me you have a schedule but I'm sure normal people have less OCD answers

    But for reals a lot of things can be made either completely ahead and reheated, or partially made and then assembled the day of

    Examples: cranberry sauce, make it the day ahead; dressing/stuffing, chop your veggies the night before; apple pie, make that filling whenever and pop it in the freezer

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    experience definitely plays a part, but organization is the big key


    If I'm cooking more than 3 things, I have to have my mise en place. For me it means that I've already prepped the produce, I've already got my seasonings ready, I've already got my cutting boards out, I've already got my knives.

    That way I can fluidly move from one to the other. Taking 10 or 15 minutes to prep things in advance can save you hours. not even exaggerating. If you spend 15 minutes getting everything ready and accessible. Your onions are peeled and chopped, your garlic is smashed, your spuds are washed and quartered, or whatever... it's already in front of you. You don't forget anything, you don't have to hunt for anything.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Stale wrote: »
    experience definitely plays a part, but organization is the big key


    If I'm cooking more than 3 things, I have to have my mise en place. For me it means that I've already prepped the produce, I've already got my seasonings ready, I've already got my cutting boards out, I've already got my knives.

    That way I can fluidly move from one to the other. Taking 10 or 15 minutes to prep things in advance can save you hours. not even exaggerating. If you spend 15 minutes getting everything ready and accessible. Your onions are peeled and chopped, your garlic is smashed, your spuds are washed and quartered, or whatever... it's already in front of you. You don't forget anything, you don't have to hunt for anything.

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  • ArtreusArtreus Hamlet Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I think I'm gonna make that potato salad and bring it to thanksgiving dinner.

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    WHen trying to juggle around a single oven, cooking ahead of time, or at least par-cooking ahead of time is the only answer.

    I have 3 things that cook at 350 for anywhere from 20-60 minutes.
    I have a bird that needs to cook at 325 for 6 hours, and 400 for 30 minutes.
    I have 2 dishes that need 425 for 15-35 minutes.

    You have one oven, and 8 hours. It's definitely a logic issue. The only real solution is to establish what can be started and finished around the main traffic blocker, that being the bird.

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    And VoC, you're not alone.


    I generally have not one, but TWO spreadsheets out for Thanksgiving that shows what I need to be doing and when.

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  • DrZiplockDrZiplock Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Thankfully the bird needs a solid half hour or so to hang out and rest.

    Which buys some oven time.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    Stale wrote: »
    experience definitely plays a part, but organization is the big key


    If I'm cooking more than 3 things, I have to have my mise en place. For me it means that I've already prepped the produce, I've already got my seasonings ready, I've already got my cutting boards out, I've already got my knives.

    That way I can fluidly move from one to the other. Taking 10 or 15 minutes to prep things in advance can save you hours. not even exaggerating. If you spend 15 minutes getting everything ready and accessible. Your onions are peeled and chopped, your garlic is smashed, your spuds are washed and quartered, or whatever... it's already in front of you. You don't forget anything, you don't have to hunt for anything.

    It not only saves time, but it also helps you not ruin the dish because you were busy chopping something and left it on the heat too long for that stage.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Stale wrote: »
    And VoC, you're not alone.


    I generally have not one, but TWO spreadsheets out for Thanksgiving that shows what I need to be doing and when.

    NERD!

  • UsagiUsagi Feminazgul ~*special snowflake*~Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Stale wrote: »
    And VoC, you're not alone.


    I generally have not one, but TWO spreadsheets out for Thanksgiving that shows what I need to be doing and when.

    Yeah, I had something similar for thanksgiving and will probably keep that format for the as yet unscheduled Iron Chef match

    (also I guess VoC and I are interchangeable now?)

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    well, you're both women
    beyond that, who cares about the details?

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  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    all good tips

    thanks yall

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Usagi wrote: »
    Stale wrote: »
    And VoC, you're not alone.


    I generally have not one, but TWO spreadsheets out for Thanksgiving that shows what I need to be doing and when.

    Yeah, I had something similar for thanksgiving and will probably keep that format for the as yet unscheduled Iron Chef match

    (also I guess VoC and I are interchangeable now?)

    I have no idea why I did that.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
  • CrackedLensCrackedLens Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    some's boobs are bigger than others

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    some's boobs are bigger than others

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  • cadmunkycadmunky One hand on the bottle, The other a shaking fist.Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    hi cooking thread.

    prep is the fun part. good time for cocktails.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    A stalesgiving would be the bestgivings ever.

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    A stalesgiving would be the bestgivings ever.

    Shanksgiving.

    Eat the food or Stale will stab a bitch.

  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Munkus

    Butters and Pillow are down this week. You should come by.

    I'm making red beans and rice. and biscuits. and gravy. And probably other shit I don't know about yet.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    You know what. I just got this Friday off due to a cancellation. I have to watch a particular football game though, there is no way around that. It is extremely important for me to watch it.

    And hell, if I go, I can always take Monica too. She's on the way.

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  • FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    everytime i cook a steak it is still bloody

    what am i doing wrong

  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    well for starters, I'd say your main problem is that you don't seem to like bloody steak

    barring that, the obvious answer to your question is that you aren't cooking it long/hot enough to not be bloody
    pretty damn simple

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Franko wrote: »
    everytime i cook a steak it is still bloody

    what am i doing wrong

    nothing.

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    But if for some reason you are a degenerate pussified waste-of-life that actually wants well-done steak.

    Cook it longer over a lower flame. IF the outside is charring before the inside cooks through.... guess what?


    Go back to HS and re-visit Thermodynamics.

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Enjoy your ruined shoe-leather.


    It used to be a wonderful cut of meat.


    Now it's a fucking boot-sole.

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  • StaleStale Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I really fucking hate well-done steak.


    God Dammit.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    Stale, it's entirely possible he's just buying crappy steak.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    I do too, Stale.

    I was actually given a practically raw hamburger the other weekend. I gobbled it down. It. Was. Delicious.

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  • UsagiUsagi Feminazgul ~*special snowflake*~Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Blue steak 4 lyfe

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited October 2010
    Usagi wrote: »
    Blue steak 4 lyfe

    atta girl! *pat pat*

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  • UsagiUsagi Feminazgul ~*special snowflake*~Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    Usagi wrote: »
    Blue steak 4 lyfe

    atta girl! *pat pat*

    arooooooooooo barkbarkbark

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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    You know who liked well done steaks?

    Hitler

  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    I like my steaks to be nice and pink :3 yumyum!

    totally gonna cook some stuff this weekend.
    bikkits
    cauliflour
    and other stuff that I can't remember right now.. those are the only 2 I drilled into my head :P

  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    There's this Korean dish called yukhwe (probably mangled the anglicization of that) that is like steak tartare but even more awesome and delicious than steak tartare. It's freshly ground raw beef into which they mix sliced Korean pears and sesame oil and a combination of other mysterious stuff (I think rice wine and maybe a vinegar and seasonings), and you can have an egg added, and dear god it is so amazing

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  • FrankoFranko Sometimes I really wish I had four feet so I could dance with myself to the drumbeat Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    it is literally a 2 dollar steak

    it was on special

  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    skettios I will high five you for your creative spelling of bikkits, because I've been writing down 'karratz' on my grocery lists for years and everyone thinks I'm illiterate but really it is just the more awesome way to spell carrots

    unless bikkits are some thing that I don't know about

    This weekend I'm doing a test run on the blue velvet and the chocolate stout cake pops for my friend's wedding cake, which is exciting and rad at the same time

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  • skettiosskettios Registered User regular
    edited October 2010
    skettios I will high five you for your creative spelling of bikkits, because I've been writing down 'karratz' on my grocery lists for years and everyone thinks I'm illiterate but really it is just the more awesome way to spell carrots

    unless bikkits are some thing that I don't know about

    This weekend I'm doing a test run on the blue velvet and the chocolate stout cake pops for my friend's wedding cake, which is exciting and rad at the same time

    o/

    It's honestly just how I've come to say it. I get soooo excited about bikkits, there's no room for an s or a c, let alone a u!

  • Lost SalientLost Salient Z is for Zillah who drank too much ginRegistered User regular
    edited October 2010
    Yesss delightful

    So many high fives

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