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Offline Kay Alett

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Cooking Skill Level: 1
« on: August 19, 2008, 12:54:53 am »
Okay I admit it, I can't cook.. If I was in an RPG my cooking skill would be 1 or maybe lower. :-[ I love to eat and enjoy trying to cook, I can make a darn good burger! But I can't really fix anything more complicated than Helper (Chicken or hamburger). I want to be able to make meals like Salisbury Steak or Chicken & Dumplings, generally anything that has instructions more complicated than 'Lift plastic and heat on HIGH for 5 minutes'.

Can anyone help me out with some basic recipies?
I should probably add that I only have at my disposal a microwave, gas stove, and small toaster oven. :-[
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Re: Cooking Skill Level: 1
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2008, 03:08:09 am »
Okay I admit it, I can't cook.. If I was in an RPG my cooking skill would be 1 or maybe lower. :-[ I love to eat and enjoy trying to cook, I can make a darn good burger! But I can't really fix anything more complicated than Helper (Chicken or hamburger). I want to be able to make meals like Salisbury Steak or Chicken & Dumplings, generally anything that has instructions more complicated than 'Lift plastic and heat on HIGH for 5 minutes'.

Can anyone help me out with some basic recipies?
I should probably add that I only have at my disposal a microwave, gas stove, and small toaster oven. :-[

Basic Pasta Sauce:

2 large cans of tomatoes (Preferably Roma/pear tomatoes)
1 16 oz can of tomato paste (preferably from Roma/pear tomatoes)
1 half cup red wine (Italian style)
1 quarter cup olive oil
1 half of a small onion, diced
4 cloves of minced (finely chopped garlic)
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon Oregano
   Black Pepper (to taste)
1 tablespoon grated pecorino (sheeps milk) romano cheese


Dump the wine, the basil and oregano in a pot and boil the wine, (this gets rid of the alcohol) until there are no more alcohol vapors present in the steam. Add the garlic and chopped onion, sir the mixture, then add the tomatoes. (You crush these before putting anything on the stove) Stir the mixture so everything is blended, then add the tomato paste, and again stir the mixture until it is blended, and there are no lumps of tomato paste in the mixture. Turn the heat on the stove down to low. Add the olive oil and black pepper, blend them in well, and cover the sauce and let it simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring every half hour or so to avoid burning the sauce. Towards the end, and the grated romano cheese, and stir it in well.

Serve it over the pasta of your choice.

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Re: Cooking Skill Level: 1
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2008, 07:36:22 pm »
Growing up, my favorite take on chicken and dumplings was chicken poppykosh served with rather simple, boiled dumplings. Since poppykosh is so similar to stroganoff (both have ample amounts of sour cream and taste pretty close to one another), you may use a recipe for that also. Basically, cook a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts along with one finely chopped shallot or medium size onion (salt and pepper to taste). I always go the one pan route, so I start out with a dutch oven with a little olive or canola oil in the bottom. Add in a pint of your choice of mushrooms (cleaned). Cut cooked chicken into strips. Add in a couple teaspoons of Hungarian paprika, 1/2 a stick of butter and a pint of sour cream (if you want something with less fat that will produce a thinner sauce, go ahead and use 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk). Whisk ingredients over low heat until smooth. Place chicken back in pan.

For the dumplings (this part is tricky for me to convey as I never measure), bring 2 quarts of water to a boil (in a separate pot). Mix together 2 beaten eggs, 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. Kosher salt, 1 Tbsp. canola oil, 2 tsp. parsley flakes. Batter should be well combined, but not overly smooth. Drop spoonfuls of batter into boiling water. When dumplings float, remove with slotted spoon and allow to drain in colander. If you want the super easy route (and really, every bit as tasty), you can use vacuum-sealed or frozen gnocci. Same rules apply, when they float in the boiling water, they are ready to be removed from heat and drained. 
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Re: Cooking Skill Level: 1
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2008, 08:15:13 pm »
I kind of do the same thing as traumeri, but i start differently, i take some garlice, chop up abuot 4 cloves, put them into the pal along wiht enough onlive oil to cover the bottom of the pan, then i chop up some onion (depends on you as to how much). then i make 1inch chunks out of a package of itilian sausage and cook until gray all over. Then you add teh wine to deglaze teh pan, when you can move the stirring utensil around the pan with out it sticking any more, i add in the sause ingredients (or if you're lazy, i use five brothers sauce alot) Start your water for pasta to get boild before you start cooking the sauce. add some olive oil and a tiny bit of salt to the water to raise the boiling point. then once its boiling, toss in your pasta and check it for its cookedness. when you think its ready, pull, server, and sauce. add parasean cheese to top it and youve got a meal.
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Re: Cooking Skill Level: 1
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 11:36:39 am »
By stove do you mean a full range with an oven, or something else like a camping stove?

I would recommend, if you are just beginning to learn cookery, to invest in one of two books. The first is called Betty Crocker's Cooking Basics, and it was from this that my father learned to cook when my mother broke her leg. I myself learned mostly by experience in the kitchen, either through lessons or trial-and-error, but my own cookbook is the Better Homes and Gardens (tm) Cookbook, 14th edition. It has a wealth of material in it for budding and experienced cooks; best of all, it is in binder form, so you can easily append it with other recipes and experiments you come across.

As for specific recipes, I suppose my black beans and rice is pretty simple:

2 cans of black beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can green chiles
2 bay leaves
1 chopped vidalia onion
2-3 cloves garlic
Balsamic vinegar (about a tablespoon or so)
Dab of honey
Lime juice
Chicken stock (several cups)
Curry powder
Chili Powder
Celery Seed
Salt
Pepper

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Add salt and pepper. When transparent, add beans, tomatoes, chiles, chicken stock, bay leaves, and spices. Stir together well, cover. Come back in a about ten minutes, taste how it is coming along. Add balsamic vinegar and honey, and adjust spices if you wish. Uncover, cut heat back, and allow to simmer. Add lime juice if the beans need more acid.

In the meantime, boil a package of minute rice, add butter or margarine to moisten, and serve beans over rice. These beans are rather soup-like, so I like to eat them as such after the rice is gone.
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Re: Cooking Skill Level: 1
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008, 02:13:52 pm »
 :D im in the same boat as you Kaloyan, i love to cook but i cant really make anything to special. i often just throw stuff i find in the kitchen together and if someting good comes out of it ill eat it lol. Like this pretty basic number i came up with
Get some chicken brests and cook them about half way (you dont want to dry out the chicken to much and you dont want to burn the cheese soup and have it get caked onto the pot. thast why your cooking the chicken a little bit first), than cut them in to cubes (yor going to finish cooking them in a bit).
Open up a can of chedder cheese soup  and put it in a small pot and turn one of the burners on your stove to high, put the chicken in   or untill its not pink at anymore.
Cut up a few stalks of Broccoli and put them in the mix (and if you have any, half a shot glass of whiskey. for flavor and a bit of fragrance). let it all cook for about 10-15 minutes. let it cool than enjoi lol. Not a very special dish but its quite tasty and easy to make.
Honestly my skill with cooking mostly involves fish or noodles so yea. like ramen lol
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