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Need to level up my cooking skills

KyouguKyougu Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm not a dullard around the kitchen (I cook most of my meals) but it's usually simple stuff. Marinating and grilling chicken breasts, cooking up some fish, etc. Nothing fancy. Also I noticed that apart from the salad I have for lunch daily I almost never eat much vegetables (potatoes are the exception). So I need to start working on that too.

Anyone have any good resources? Some good recipes to try out?

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  • RobmanRobman Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    The Joy of Cooking is never a bad place to start

    Alternatively, buy some vegetables and spices and experiment. A cookbook is full of ideas that someone found by playing with ingredients. And remember, a meal might taste bad because you used either too much or too little of something.

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  • RichyRichy Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    D&D Cooking thread #1
    D&D Cooking thread #2

    Both filled with easy recipes, tips and advice for beginners, and best of all both populated with our local forumers you can talk and ask questions to and share recipes and ideas with! :)

    FYI, the OP of both threads have Table of Contents for the threads and links to various resources. Thread #2, being the unlocked one, is the more up-to-date.

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  • NeylaNeyla Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    my bible I posted here before:

    Here you can find anything and everything. Create an account and save reciepes you want to try, or generate a shopping list of things you want to try (super handy for me, there i times i go to the store and WISH i wrote it down). My favorite though is the ingredient search for those times you dunno what to make with what you have. My only suggestion is when looking at something to make, take a moment to read the comments. There is usually a ton of good suggestions/modifications.

    As for a veggie reciepe, here is a side dish that has turned into a big hit:

    Super Simple Roasted Veggies
    -Balsamic vinegarette Dressing (Renee's makes the best)
    -Butternut Squash
    -Potatoe (red is my favorite)
    -Red Onion

    Pre-heat over to 375F or you can use a slow cooker. Just peel and cut the veggies into bite size cubes. Toss into a roasting pan. Lightly coat the veggies with the dressing (I put the lid on the pan and shake).

    Cook for about 40-45mins. Slow cooker low for 6 hours.

    Tip: If you want tender zucchini, add them when the potatoe is starting to get tender or 30min before the slow cooker done. It can get "mushy" quick. Also, i like to sprinkle in alitte bit of garlic powder and white pepper. Reciepe easy to add your own thing.

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  • bowenbowen How you doin'? Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Neyla's is good, I started using it.

    Question you've got to ask yourself is do you want to enjoy the meals or do you want to cook like Gordon Ramsey? Sure I get upset when I burn my chicken a little bit but I eat it and feel good about myself. After that it's just a matter of combining ingredients and adding vegetables. Just add vegetables to whatever you're cooking and viola, you've got some food. Doesn't have to be restaurant quality to be good and healthy and tasty.

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    not a doctor, not a lawyer, examples I use may not be fully researched so don't take out of context plz, don't @ me
  • SimpsoniaSimpsonia Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Check out the Pioneer Woman at She does a great job of taking beautiful photos of every step of cooking her dishes.

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  • Niceguy MyeyeNiceguy Myeye Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Here's something I like cooking:

    Dice 1 small yellow onion and 2 habanero peppers and put it into a bowl.
    Add the juice of 2 limes. (You can let this sit for 30 minutes if you want it less spicy or want to save some of the mixture as a spicy relish thing)

    Cut a bunch of brussel sprouts in half. Cut them so that the base of the sprout is bisected and it's just not cut into a top and bottom half.

    Pan fry all this shit with some mushrooms. White Button or Baby Bella mushrooms will do. There's no need to be fancy.

    Salt and course black pepper to taste.

    I'm not super good with recipes and directions, but I love making this. The acidity of the lime will remove any hint of bitterness brussel sprouts can sometimes have. The lime and onion add a nice first flavor on it, then you get the brussel sprout flavor, and the habanero brings up the rear with a little kick.

    If you don't like spicy things, you can leave out the habanero and it's almost as good. I haven't really seen spicy brussel sprouts cooked tex mex ish and they mostly use maple syrup and vinegar for a sweet and sour effect, but this way is really good.

    Also, keep in mind that vegetables can come in soup form! You can make a big pot of vegetable stew or soup and have that as a side for a while.

    The real key with vegetables is knowing if you cook them together that some will cook faster than others. The easiest way to learn how fast things cook is by making a stir fry.

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