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The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:33 am

I'm curious to know what a-netters can cook? Whether its a five star meal to just cookies please share your cooking talents.

I can cook steak, cookies, Italian food, and salmon good.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 12:48 am

I can put corn flakes in a big bowl and add some milk.
Does that count?
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:13 am

I've managed to burn hot pockets in the microwave on multiple occassions.

My new place comes with a book full of menus for takeout and an awesome range (that looks like the previous owners cooked just about as frequently as I do). It might inspire me to try again, if I fail, at least I have the menus.

My problem is that any time I stock up on stuff to try to really cook something with my work and (fewer social) commitments as they are, by the time I get to use them they've all expired.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:23 am

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 2):
by the time I get to use them they've all expired.

Dates don't mean shit on canned and dry goods. I just baked a cake with a mix that had a use-by date of 2002. I actually prefer Yorkshire pudding mix that's at least five years past its expiry date.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 1:26 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 3):
Yorkshire pudding mix

Pfffftttt  rotfl  - Yorkshire pudding mix ? How tough is it to make batter ? I expect you eat microwave toast for breakfast too.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:48 am

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 4):
Pfffftttt - Yorkshire pudding mix ?

It's a joke, you sod. Here. Let me add the smiley.

Anyway... I just made breaded, spicy boneless chicken breasts on the outdoor gas grill.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:58 am

Quoting StrasserB (Reply 1):
I can put corn flakes in a big bowl and add some milk.

I tried that once, nearly burnt down my house.  flamed 


Seriously though, if it is frozen and the cooking instructions contain the phrase "Microwave on high...." then I can cook.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:33 am

I can cook about anything that can be classified as eatable,
but hey, it's my job-profession-career, so it would be sad if you could'nt!

Let's give the thread a twist and since it is summer time, we might kick off with some funky salads?

here is my suggestion for the day,

Mango is absolutely fantastic right now, so here it is,

Smoked duck breast with mango salad, ginger, lime and chili tossed in olive oil...

ingredients for 4 PAX;

1 packet of a sliced smoked duckfilet, 1 filet is enough
3 mangos
2 red chilis
1 small root of ginger
2 limes
20 ml of olive oil
salt
freshly grinded black pepper
4 sprigs of flat parsley

peel the mangos and slice them in a jullienne (2mm,4cm long).
peel the ginger and slice them in the same jullienne shape as the mango.
cut the chillis across in rings and quite thin, so you have many small rings,
good for presentation and maximum flavor.

toss all this in a bowl.

squize the juice out of the limes on top of the Jullienne, poor in the olive oil gently while stirring with a spoon or clean hands!
season with the salt and pepper.

make a nice plating of the duckfilet first, and do not remove the fat from the filet.
Toss the mangosalad on top of the duck,
finish of with the flat Parsley and grind some pepper on top just for the show, and...
enjoy!

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 6:49 am

I can cook chicken on a grill and london broil as steak. anyone wanna know recipe? I'll be happy to give it out. Allso, my marinades are good too.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:14 am

Here's my current line-u, not including standard egg dishes:

Thai Basil Chicken, along with a host of various other Thai stir-fries, noodle dishes, soups, and curries.
Kung Pao Chicken
French Potato Salad
Champagne Style Chicken
Lemon-Rosemary Oven-Roasted Chicken
Smoky Beef Fajitas
Chicken-Sausage Jambalaya
Dirty Rice
Pepper-Crusted Filet Mignon with Port-Cherry Reduction
Jasmine Rice
Steaks with Shiitake-Cabernet Sauce
Chicken Parmesan
Linguine Caprese
Fried chicken
Glazed Pork Chops
Pan-Roasted broccoli
Potstickers
Chicken Kiev


Those are the ones that spring to mind straight away that I've done  Smile
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:23 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
I'm curious to know what a-netters can cook? Whether its a five star meal to just cookies please share your cooking talents.

I'm good at breakfast foods. It's good to get some eggs, butter and cheese back in the fridge. I make something simple for my Mom when the folks visit - I call it 4-way toast (4 pieces for her, 1 buttered, 1 w/cheese, 1 with grape jelly, 1 w/peanut butter) - and, yeah, she likes it (but I'm her kid, so I guess I have to mess up pretty bad for her to not like it).

Quoting MCOflyer (Thread starter):
I can cook steak, cookies, Italian food, and salmon good.

You're better than I am, then - I've rarely cooked salmon, but when I did, it fell apart. I then went back to chicken. But w/my gas grill now, maybe I'll give 'er another whirl.  scratchchin 

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 7):
Smoked duck breast with mango salad, ginger, lime and chili tossed in olive oil...

You had me until "chili".  yuck  Chili w/a breast?  thumbsdown  in my book.

Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Fried chicken

Do you actually cook them in a fryer?
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:57 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):
just made breaded, spicy boneless chicken breasts on the outdoor gas grill.

Looks good Mark , care to share you breading secret ? I need help in this area .


Been cooking alot lateley , new girlfreind she loves to dine in .. and its fun.

Bought some real nice scallops yesterday , and a salmon steak. Anyone have any secrests for scallops ? I usually do butter and pan firied . They are good , but was thinking some other glaze may be good.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:09 am

I need to make some fish, methinks... haven't had any for ages. There's some, well, fish-flavoured stuff in the freezer that seems to belong to nobody in the flat, so I'll need to head to the shops, get something better and toss the frozen catfish lard in the bin.

Any idea for spices? Lemongrass any good with fish?
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:18 am

Well, I can put some frozen pizza in the oven. I can also make some real good hamburgers.. And I can cook these Miracoli-Spaghetti-Thing...
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:25 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 5):
I just made breaded, spicy boneless chicken breasts on the outdoor gas grill.



Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 8):
my marinades are good too.



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Champagne Style Chicken
Lemon-Rosemary Oven-Roasted Chicken



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 9):
Steaks with Shiitake-Cabernet Sauce

Recipes, please. If you don't want to post them here, IM me and I'll give you my email addy.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 11:11 am

Besides the usual microwave meals and frozen dinners I can make the following (and I'm a college student for crying out loud!!!):

Spaghetti
Salsa
Jambalaya from scratch
Pulled Pork (had it this evening, and love it)
Jerk Chicken
Teriyaki made with nearly any kind of meat
Swedish meatballs
burritos
Chex party mix
....and much more that I can't think of right now

It makes my parents and myself feel relieved that I can survive on my own in college without the use of leftover pizzas, Chinese food, and ramen noodles. Though I hate ramen noodles, they're way too salty for me and I'm the son of a (former) dietitian.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:24 pm

Pies from scratch
Cakes from a mix
Cookies from scratch... good chewy Choc. Chip ones  Smile
Fish
Chicken
Steak
Ground beef anything
Chili
Made some bread once... wasn't great
Pizza, from scratch


Plus some other stuff... can't think of it now.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:38 pm

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 10):

You're better than I am, then - I've rarely cooked salmon, but when I did, it fell apart. I then went back to chicken. But w/my gas grill now, maybe I'll give 'er another whirl.

try the oven my friend. i had the same problem.

Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 14):
Recipes, please.

Steak marinade:

you'll need: a1 sauce, seasoned salt, steak seasoning, lemon pepper marinade, wishestor, larys saeson salt, onion powder, teriyaki.

take a1 put a spoon full in a small bowl
take steak seasoning and dump 1/2 of spoon full
season salt: lightly
lawrys: lightly or more unless you like it spicy
wishestor: 2 spoon fulls if you like it spicy if not 1 spoon full
onion powder: lightly
lemon pepper marinade: spoon full
add garlic if you like it.
mix all together

For london broil: cut it down the center for good steak taste. it will not taste good if you do not cut it.

I have others and will post them upon request. I've done my marinade tons of times and love it for the flavor on steak.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:40 pm

Quoting Bagpiper (Reply 16):
Pizza, from scratch

please tell me. all my homemade pizzas taste bad. I'll swap recipe for recipe.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:32 pm

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 11):
Bought some real nice scallops yesterday , and a salmon steak. Anyone have any secrests for scallops ? I usually do butter and pan firied . They are good , but was thinking some other glaze may be good.

I have some excellent recipes with marinated scallops as a starter!



Marinated scallops with a mousse of selery, shavings of truffle and fried leek


for 4 PAX,

4 scallops
1 small selery (the ball shaped one, whatever they call it in english)
500ml of 35% whipping cream
1 leek
1 lemon
1 truffle mushroom; if your budget allows it, you can try dried shi-take mushroom as well.
almond oil


what you need to do,
cut the raw scallops in very thin slices, put them on a plate and marinate with lemon juice, a bit of almond oil and some pepper and salt.

cook the selery, it is this selery who comes in the shape of a ball, I don't know what you call it in english, cut it in smaller pieces of course. when it is cooked, put it in the blender and shred it up until you get a really fine mass.
while blending poor some 35% fat whipping cream in until you get a fluffy mass.

season the mousse with salt and pepper and let it cool down in the fridge.

put the mousse on a plate with the help of a ring, make a carpaccio style layer with the scallops,
remove the ring.

Cut the leek in fine stripes and fry it in a frying pan or hot oil.

Shave the truffle on top of the scallops and finish off with a curl of fried leek.

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 10):
You had me until "chili". Chili w/a breast? in my book.

You should try it!
It's not bad at all, I am not a spice fan myself, but this is fresh and tasty!
Use the red Jalapeno pepper, gives the best results.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:42 pm

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 18):
all my homemade pizzas taste bad.

I'll dig out my bread machine recipe for the crust I use. It's easy peasy. The hardest thing about getting homemade pizza right is that you have to limit the amount of sauce and cheese. Too much sauce, and everything slides off. Too much cheese, and the toppings sink into the melting cheese and don't cook until the cheese is burnt.

The other thing you'll need is a proper wooden peel to slide it onto your pizza stone in the oven. Pull all that together, and you have great homemade pizza. I just use the Ragu pizza sauce, and doctor it up a bit. Works great.

The other thing I've been making more often this summer is real Cobb Salad. Not that stuff that looks like a Chef's Salad, but a real chopped salad with Brown Derby dressing, the way it should be done.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:46 pm

Quoting Wolverine (Reply 13):
And I can cook these Miracoli-Spaghetti-Thing...

Ohhhh, they are excellent and hard to get outside europe!
That secret spicemix is fantastic!

Quoting Aloges (Reply 12):
Any idea for spices? Lemongrass any good with fish?

If you make a papillotte, lemongrass is just fantastic.
A papillotte is basically a bag made of alu-foil filled with your ideas of spices.
Dille, estragon, parsley etc. all fantastic results.

When cooking fish I just bake it in a pan with some unsalted butter, lemon juice and very thick freshly grinded black pepper. And why not some classic mashed potatoes with it.
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:18 am

Quoting SWISSER (Reply 19):
Shave the truffle on top of the scallops and finish off with a curl of fried leek.

Thanks SWISS , It may be a little above my skill level , but I shall try it. I will make sure not to invite anyone on my first try ...  Big grin
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:24 am

Any good chocolate ones?

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:25 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 23):
Any good chocolate ones?

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:26 am

Whoever likes Sesame chicken, a1 came out witha good sauce that could act as a marinade that taste pretty good. If you are afraid of what something taste for chicken or steak, send me an im and i'll help you out.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:18 am

I love to cook . . .

I have no real favorite receipe, but if one wants to take the time, there have been other cooking threads here in which I've posted receipes.

CastleIsland considers himself rather a Gourmet also . . .  sarcastic   wink 







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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 2:40 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 11):
Anyone have any secrests for scallops

Wrap them in bacon, and put them on the grill, with the heat as low as possible. Works real good with jumbo shrimp too.

I do all the grill cooking, and my wife handles inside. We cook on the grill several nights a week, year round. Can't beat it in my book.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:06 am

Quoting AGM100 (Reply 11):
Anyone have any secrests for scallops ?

Marinate them in lemon juice, or better yet ponzu (Japanese citrus marinade) for an hour or so before cooking. Now, very important - dry them with a paper towel before cooking. Put them in a very hot skillet with a bit of safflower oil (or other high flash-point oil such as grapeseed oil) and sear them. Flip after golden brown (about 2-3 minutes), then kill the heat and let them rest in the pan for 2-3 minutes more. Serve over fettucine alfredo made with plenty of garlic and tarragon and fresh green peas.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:20 am

Well if one wants to know, I became good at steak when I observed my dad cooking it. How many of you go crazy over london broil? Its cheap, good and the price you can get it for is so good. In Florida its like 5.99 a pound.

Also, mixing marinades is good too.

Finally, a good cooked meal is better than eating out.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 4:45 am

My latest is just to sauté some cooked and sliced potatoes in the wok on the wok burner. Potatoes I've pealed and cooked myself - none of that rubbish out of the supermarket deep freeze. Get the potatoes going then add some sliced courgette - zucchini to some - and some chunks of tomato. Add a little salt and a liberal helping of mixed (Provençal) herbs. In another wok I'll do a couple of steaks - rare. Ensure your steaks are at room temperature before preparation and don't prick them with a fork.

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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:54 pm

I am an avid cook myself.... Love to cook any new recipe I like. Food Network is my favourite channel  Smile If I had not been in IT - I probably would have gone to a culinary institute.... So far have tried my hand at (all vegetarian) Indian - of course, Italian, Mexican, Thai etc. Cooking is also my way to relax after a long day at work. My wife is a good cook to - needlessly to say we try to avoid "boring" stuff for dinner at home....  Smile
 
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RE: The Cooking Thread

Wed Aug 08, 2007 9:56 pm

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