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Old 01-29-2009, 09:13 PM
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Default Brag about what you cooked today

I figure there are some culinary types on this forum, and the food abomination thread needs its more upbeat counterpart.

Tonight I cooked a chick-pea pasta (from the Moosewood Low-fat cookbook) where half the chick peas and tomatos were blended to create a thick sauce for some penne, and then topped with a sprinkle of feta. (It was seasoned with thyme, if anyone cares).

The other night, I made a carrot/ginger/coconut cream soup that was pretty okay, followed by a portobello mushroom risotto with chestnuts. I bought the chestnuts dried at a local asian market (St. John's has two, though both aren't exactly shining examples of their kind), and though I soaked them for hours beforehand and cooked them with the rice, I think they could have used a little more moisture. Aw well, live and learn.

I've also been experimenting with breads lately - I started with this pretty simple herbed cottage cheese bread a little while ago, and this week I baked a few basic whole wheat loaves to last me until the weekend. I've been pretty happy with it all around.

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:17 PM
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I didn't cook anything today, but last night I made some unadon. I'd take a picture, but I just finished eating the last of it.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:18 PM
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I fixed myself a bowl of cereal.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:30 PM
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I made a huge, perfect cheeseburger with a mountain of lettuce and a side of my favorite smiley face potatoes. It was well done, motherfucks. My meat's already dead, I don't need it to bleed more. You people just don't know how cooked food is supposed to taste, preferring to subsist on whatever roadkill you find clinging to life that you can bludgeon with a rock.

edit: that was pretty hateful, even for me. Fortunately someone's going to say something about eating meat well-done that will justify it. I'm a genius, again!
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:31 PM
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Thin crust pizza with bacon, mushrooms and green peppers.

It was heavenly. In fact I'm going to go get another slice RIGHT NOW.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:31 PM
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I made some hamburg. It was my first time, and it went pretty well.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:34 PM
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I didn't cook tonight either, but I've been finishing off this casserole over the week. I make it without onions and with extra red pepper flakes. I also don't use as much dough because I don't own a pan deep enough for the eight layers or whatever nonsense they ask for. I just do a bottom one, one in the middle and one on top.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:36 PM
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I made chili for myself and a few friends today. It was the first time I made it entirely by scratch, and it was pretty amazing. Homemade chili powder is infinitely better than the premade stuff.

Thank you Alton Brown for helping me make the best chili ever!
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:37 PM
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Saturday, I am going to make grilled (fried, really, but who cares?) cheese sandwiches. Butter, obviously, but also a kiss of olive oil. And I will be using Swiss, sharp cheddar, and Beecher's Flagship cheese. With Franz bakeries' Oregon Trail wheat bread. It has pockets of honey.
Oh, yeah.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:49 PM
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Egg and bacon sandwich alongside vegetable soup and pineapple.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:00 PM
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Pizza! My sister's a server at a local vegetarian restaurant, and occasionally the chefs pass on some extras they have, like cooked pasta, or a gigantic bag of par-cooked potatoes, or a blob of pizza dough as they did today. Of course, I can make pizza dough pretty easily, but the inspiration was handy. Toppings: tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, pepper jack, half a red onion, a few slices of fresh tomato, and Lebanon bologna (which I am soooo addicted to -- it's my favorite salami). After I pulled the pizza out of the oven, I noticed the leftover red pepper and olives I was going to put on it too, but it was probably better without them.
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:55 PM
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edit: that was pretty hateful, even for me. Fortunately someone's going to say something about eating meat well-done that will justify it. I'm a genius, again!
Oh, me, me! Specifically, mince: mince is loose, so it needs to be cooked all the way through, or else the bacteria won't be killed properly and all you've done is made the meat hot. Steaks are fine because bacteria can't penetrate inside the meat.

I like making lasagne, though it's time consuming. I also made a roast once. (I don't like roast enough to take three hours to start eating.)
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:12 PM
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I made some hamburg. It was my first time, and it went pretty well.
I watched some anime movie once, and some over-the-top bad guy was crying out about he wanted Hamburg. I thought it was some kind of hilarious mistranslation ("I want to eat Hamburg!"); turns out they were just capitalising it wrong, because within a DAY of being in Japan I ran across a little restaurant that specialised in hamburg. It was absolutely bizarre.

Anyway!

Yesterday was chicken-and-spinach sausages diced up into scrambled eggs with grated sharp Irish cheese, stuffed into burrito shells with tomatoes, chopped onions and potatoes.
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Old 01-29-2009, 11:14 PM
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I made stuffed chicken breast, spinach, cranberry and pecan salad and mushroom risotto.

All from Trader Joe's kits, but still. Everything came out really well.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:01 AM
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Bone-in pork ribs covered in something awesome made from ketchup, Coca-Cola, and sriracha sauce that ended up being very thick.

That, canned corn, and broccoli/cheese Rice-a-roni.
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:13 AM
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I fixed myself a bowl of cereal.
I wish I could cook. Dorms with no stoves are awful.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:00 AM
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I had a burger. Difficulty: the mince was pre-cooked, because I'd defrosted it accidentally and you don't re-freeze meat.

So I ended up getting the cooked mince, putting an egg in it, mixing it up until it made a patty-type thing, and cooking it. It worked! And with the Turkish bread I'd gotten, lettuce, tomato and cheese (the cheese used partly to hold it all together), it was delicious.
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Old 01-31-2009, 12:59 AM
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I made some toast for breakfast. I'm eating it right now!

It's so good, you guys! So good!
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:06 AM
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Tonight I cooked Buying Chinese Food. I actually don't cook much anymore, but back in college I was a fucking MACHINE - I could turn 30-40 dollars of food budget into food for at least three weeks with some creative skills. Some of the forumgoers who met me in 2004 at the Guildenstern Goes AWOL party can attest to my wicked chili abilities as well - I also make classic mango salsa, and guacamole that has, no shit, converted people who hated avocados into loving avocados. You might notice a little bit of a southwestern theme going on, here.

Actually, my real specialty is brining. I made a molasses-ginger-honey brined duck for Thanksgiving and it was hella tasty! This weekend I might try making some red bean bao before my yeast reaches its "best before" date on Sunday, but previous yeast-related endeavors (pizza crust) have been kind of disastrous for me. I can't get the water temperature right, any protips on this subject would be appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:21 AM
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One of my New Year's Resolutions was to cook dinner at least once a month. It being the 31st, I am going to make burgers tonight. Chicken cheeseburgers, because I am curious.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:31 AM
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Soda Bread! Brown soda bread specifically. It's kind of like eating a loaf of solid oatmeal, but its pretty moist and delicious on the inside, so its all good.

Also, i attempted to make my own turkey stock and therefore soup. Problem is that i don't really have a proper stock pot. It didn't really turn out.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:41 AM
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Back to basics for me. 4... things of spinach, one clove of garlic, some olive oil, some salt. Went nicely with rice and leftover hamburg.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:43 AM
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This weekend I might try making some red bean bao before my yeast reaches its "best before" date on Sunday, but previous yeast-related endeavors (pizza crust) have been kind of disastrous for me. I can't get the water temperature right, any protips on this subject would be appreciated.
I was told that a good tip for testing the water is to run it or drop some on your inside wrist, and if it doesn't feel hot or cold - if you can barely feel it at all - than it's the right temperature. Than you just let the yeast dissolve, and wait for bubbles to form on the surface of the water.

Sounds pretty unscientific, but it's been working for me so far.

Man, I'd love some tips on brining. Care to share?
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:29 PM
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I woke up too damn late to today to go to the asian market, but I'll see about trying the yeast technique ASAP. Maybe I'll make a thin-crust pizza, too. I just wish I hadn't had to throw out my pizza stone in my last move.

The great thing about brining is that it's not even that complicated. You can do it in one of the big pots you have sitting around, as long as it'll fit your chicken/duck/goose/whatever (I hear brined pork loin is actually pretty good too, but I've never tried it), but my favorite is to find some kind of sealed container which will hold the meat and the water comfortably. A good rule of thumb is that for every gallon of water you use, use 1/2 cup of salt and 1/4 cup of sugar. You can cut back on these a little if you're going to be adding some naturally sugary or salty things in the mix. In a perfect world you want the water to cover an inch or two above the top of the meat, and try to add the flavorings before putting the meat in.

Then you go nuts (or not, just brining with nothing in the mix makes meat that's naturally flavorful and juicy). I'd recommend against adding large amounts of liquids to the mix because while the water/sugar/salt ratio isn't the most scientific or specific thing in the universe, adding too much, say, orange juice can really throw it off. Instead of juices, use rinds or pulp. Don't leave anything brining for longer than you'd feel comfortable letting it sit defrosted in the fridge, and in my experience 14-18 hours of brining time is more than enough to suck flavor into the meat.

My favorite things to put in are finely-ground ginger root, whole peppercorns, orange and lemon rinds, crushed (but not chopped, too much of the oil gets out) garlic cloves, and in defiance of the no-liquids rule above, a tumbler or two of bourbon. Not all of these at once, of course, that would be silly. The finer you chop this stuff up the more surface area, and the more awesome flavors you get.

Roasting whole is recommended, and do not break the skin anywhere (although the meat will still be really tender, all the juices trapped in by the brine will leak out and there go your flavors). In fact I can't think of any other way you'd want to cook something you brined.
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:47 PM
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You guys should totally check out this thing we did. It was awesome, Locit should have some kind of cooking show on the tee vee. And Spicy Chicken Surprise has become something that I cook probably once a month now, although the level of spiciness/pain varies each time.

That said, I have been sick and tired and discouraged all week, so tonight I ain't cookin' shit. Got a tasty chicken pie at the grocery store and that's gonna be some good, let me tell ya.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:05 PM
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I sliced up some squash and sauteed it in butter and olive oil with some shallots!

a lot of shallots.

the kitchen is steeped in shallot funk.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:27 PM
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I got home from work to find that my wife had cooked up a ton of vegetarian burritos. Good stuff. I then set to work baking 2 apple pies, the first of which is almost done baking. It's the first time we're actually using the oven in our new apartment, so I hope they turn out well. I routinely baked apple pies to perfection while living at my in-laws last fall.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:28 AM
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My grilled cheese sandwiches turned out even tastier than expected. Yay me.
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:39 AM
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You guys should totally check out this thing we did. It was awesome, Locit should have some kind of cooking show on the tee vee.


I just cleaned up all the dishes in the kitchen tonight. Groceries are needed, but I see culinary tom-foolery in the not-too-distant future.
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Old 02-01-2009, 01:02 AM
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My grilled cheese sandwiches turned out even tastier than expected. Yay me.
I made this many years ago, so it's more of a "Brag about what you cooked" and less about "today" thing. I present The Grilled Cheese and Grilled Cheese Sandwich Sandwich!

I don't remember the specific stuff, I think it was thin ham and chicken or turkey (in those packets, brands vary by region, most people take the whole packet and slap it on something, but I like the thin slices just as they are) and cheddar and jack or swiss, most likely, but the specifics aren't important. It's the technique. Fry a sandwich as normal, then add cheese and bread to one side and flip, and repeat on the other side. Toasted goodness within and without! I should really make another one some time soon....

As for today... Tuna pasta salad, which I have to make every now and then. It's important for my soul. Or rather, it's become my nerd-out food. After I made it, I sat down to watch BSG. It was pretty good, but my sister's fridge lacks some of the condiments I've used in my most recent variations, so it takes on a different character.
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