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if doing this means i can cook then i can cook.
I can take ingredients and turn them into something I'd like to eat. I don't know specific recipes or how to make specific dishes from scratch.
I can make eggs because eggs are legitimately the easiest thing to make, you just put them in a pan in some configuration and wait 3 minutes.
I decided I wanted French Toast one day in high school and I learned how to make it from a youtube video(this was before there were web shows that taught you anything you could ever want to learn).
Cook's Illustrated >>>>
i lived with a kid one time who would crack an egg into a cup, then just put it in the microwave for like 30 seconds and eat it. idk why but it seemed very gross to do it that way.
I know what diced means. I don't know how to open an avocado or cook shrimp.
At that point you might as well just Rocky it.
Also, you guys do like getting blowjobs, right? Because if you surprise your girlfriend with some seared scallops over risotto and a bottle of wine when she walks in after a hard day at work, you're getting one. It's science.
Inappropriate. I'm telling Megan.
Shrimp: (if frozen, defrost) then peel off outer casing/shell, pop off tail, put in pan with olive oil, salt and pepper til it's pink and opaque.
i use rosemary and thyme a decent amount and have had luck with both freezing in a ziplock bag. Ziplock bags and plastic containers preserve fresh stuff longer in your fridge. i use peapod for groceries and do large orders so i'm not paying the service fee and tip more than once a month/every 3 weeks, so because i'm a single guy, i have to preserve some things. after putting away the groceries i then prepare stuff. i always rough chop my romaine and put it in storage containers. lasts much longer. wash per use, not before storing. i do the same with broccoli. cut the florets off, store them in a container. bell peppers go straight into storage bags. i'll also order, say, the large package of chicken breasts because it's cheaper, and separate each into it's own freezer bag for storage. then i can thaw only the amount i want to use and the rest can stay in the freezer. i do that with all my meat.
I cant really cook. Never tried to learm. Have take out most the time
But I can still grille up a nice chicken w pasta. Pasta is the easiest thing ever. When I cook its pasta. And usually delicious
My wife handles most of the inside cooking and I tackle the grill/smoker. I usually only go near the stove for breakfast. I was taught how to cook all manner of eggs from my dad before I was even ten. I pride myself on my breakfast sandwiches. Perfected over 20+ years.
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
One of the very first things I did when I finally moved out of an apartment was buy a grill. I have a couple friends that have been in their homes for a couple years and do not own a grill. That tilts me to no end.
you don't de-vein?
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
One of my roommates is an executive chef for banquets/weddings and the like at a large hotel. He still likes cooking at home (when he's home) and its quite fascinating to watch his skillset versus comparative n00bs like, well, all of us.
being forced to cook for yourself is a great benefit of being a latch-key kid of a single parent.
If you are dicing an onion or a tomato, it means that you end up with little pieces that are really chopped finer than "dice" at the craps table.
And for the avocado, just take a sharp knife and make one cut from top to bottom and up the other side, and pull the two halves apart. There is a big pod or seed in the middle and if you just stick the blade of your knife in the seed, it usually pops right out. Now go make some guacamole.
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The frozen ones we buy come mostly de-veined.
I couldn't cook shit when I was still in college, but I'm pretty good at it now. Any idiot should be able to cook a large chunk of meat. A chicken breast, pork tenderloin, etc. Just get a meat thermometer and season it properly.
If you live near a Wegmans, they have quarterly "MENU" magazines that have simple recipes with only a few ingredients with pictures of the ingredients so you can't mess it up. Great for quick meals or to get started.
I'm assuming the people that eat out or do take out for most/all meals are either a) swimming in cash and/or b) still living at home.
Pretty hard to put a potato on a pan throw some olive oil and sea salt on it and put it in the oven!
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
Also, 90% of what I know came from watching Good Eats with Alton Brown because I thought his show was entertaining and not because I was trying to learn to cook. Then one day I was making something and knew what I had to do next or why I had to do it because I remembered it from the show.
I taught myself a LOT by googling simple things like, I dunno, "how to brown chicken" or "how to devein shrimp" or "how to bake potato" whatever. Based on the difficulty I'd read or watch a quick video for something like "how to saute garlic" and just roll with it.
If you're trying to eat really healthy, I recommend www.skinnytaste.com. It's aimed for women, but she puts together really good dishes. She's getting her own cookbook soon, too. And it's an easy way to count calories or fat or whatever. That's where I got the shrimp tacos recipe. Also crock pots are great for eating healthy and not doing much work.
I think local community colleges have adult cooking classes. Pretty sure HCC does.
If you want to be legit, Cook's Illustrated like someone suggested is awesome. So are the America's Test Kitchen cookbooks (same company). And even an issue of Bon Appetit will give you a handful of recipes to try. But these are definitely more intimidating than finding a recipe on Epicurious or AllRecipes.
I did somehow remember how to peel a clove of garlic when my gf was making steak and not doing it right. I was proud of that.
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