This groups if for those men who love to cook. It's a place to discuss techniques, recipes and suggestions. Bon apetit!
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I came across a site www.budgetbytes.com recipes that are pretty good for those of us trying to budget.
Don't forget Alton allows two unitaskers in his kitchen, the fire extinguisher and the olive pitter, both for the sake of safety. P.S. You can use an egg slicer to slice mushrooms.
Matthew: I am very familiar with Altobn Brown's no-unitasker rule, and with one or two major exceptions, follow it almost to the letter. I'm also familiar with the Foodwishes site and have beena fan of his video recipe blog for some time now. He has some excellent recipes for chicken wings, with the Panda wings being my personal favorite, but his sweet hot mustard chicken and chicken with 20 cloves of garlic are two other favorites from the site. But I could have sworn he lived in up state New York, not out west. I have a little girl myself, but she's still much too young to get up on the counter with me and help me cook, but she definitely likes her solid foods and really enjoys playing with some of my tools and things, so I have hope she'll be helping me in the kitchen soon rather than being a hinderance.
Hey guys, I had no idea these groups existed and I am in love with the idea. I have been cooking since I married my wife 5 years ago. She usually gets out of work at 5 and I at 2:30 so it is my pleasure to whip up a nice meal for everyone (now that we have a little one. Nothing better than cooking with my daughter and showing her what I'm doing and her imitating me and telling my wife what we are having when she gets home (in broken toddler-ese). Anyways, in reference to #1, Alton Brown has a great kitchen rule; no uni-functioning kitchen tools. Anything that only performs one function (an egg slicer, for example) just takes up space and can be replaced with honed kitchen skills. 2) There is a website I called www.foodwishes.com that I think is wonderful. It is run by a man named "Chef John" from San Francisco. He goes above and beyond not only showing you the recipe but the techniques that make for good cooking. He makes classic culinary classics look easy and approachable. And in terms of #3, we share clean up duties and it is my pleasure to find leftovers from a good meal the next day at lunch!
I am only with you part way on #1: I prefer not to clutter up my kitchen with tools and machines that won't be used on a regular basis, though I do have more cooking things in my arsenal than the average male home cook. On #2, I tend to prefer the classics, but don't mind tweaking a recipe now and then, if the change is likely to result in an improvement. I'm not a fan of tweaking recipes purely for the sake of creativity, as I see so many home cooks do. Most of the time, the changes these cooks make detract from the dish rather than add to it, or even ruin it altogether. Serendipity in the kitchen only works if you have a little thing called skill. A touch of knowledge of ingredients certainly doesn't hurt either. I'm with you a thousand percent on #3!
IMHO, the essence of men's cooking requires the following: 1 Using as few utensils and cooking vessels as practicable; 2. "Sneaking" herbs, spices, and extra ingredients into certain "plain recipes"; 3. Willingness to engage in the post meal wash up and leftover storage...although that can lead to you getting that leftover Shepherd's Pie for lunch for a couple of days.
Yeep! Cooks Illustrated has, once again, come through with something that will continue to make my marriage better: A long standing issue between us is the cooking of vegetation. Being Southern, I feel that veggies should be cooked all the way until they are yummy and cooked. She wants them to be horridly crisp tender and practically raw nasty unflavored things. Cooks Illustrated has an article in the Jan/Feb issue which tells me how to cook vegetation (specifically carrots) such that they are solidly cooked and firm, not mushy.
Who need counseling sessions when you know how to cook? :-)
I think it's crucial to teach kids all about how to take care of themselves, from cooking to money management to laundry to making their own bed to cleaning a shower or mopping a floor, etc. Isn't that a big part of our job as parents? My wife also first took an interest in me when she watched me cook and tasted a meal I made for the two of us. I like what I heard once that for us guys who don't quite have the looks or the muscles or the big bucks, cooking is our best chance of getting a woman to take an interest. I'll never forget the time I took a door-to-door bus service to school one day dressed in my chef's jacket. The woman driver loudly proclaimed that she longed to be married to a man who knew how to cook. And she is far from the only woman who has said something like that to me over the years.
Cooking: it's not just men who are wooed by cooking. One of the things which hooked my wife (while we were still dating) was a knockout meal! It impresses the snot of out a woman when the guy can cook! My mom felt that it was her duty to ensure that her kids had enough skill to be independent. That included cooking (and laundry). Actually, I think she just wanted to ensure that we didn't return home on weekends.
Yes, some folks don't know much about cooking...was in the same boat until I started embracing it as a hobby and traveling the world. Trying to be more active and simplify my life.
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