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I'm eating a frozen pizza for dinner at midnight.
And I'm drinking a Capri Sun with it
Even scratch rolls can't make a buff chix anywhere near a steak. More importantly he told a better story.
Oven first, then seared at the end, yields the perfect steak. Grilling is great for many things, but not steak.
Someone else mentioned but I am giving a second endorsement for l'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda. Also, if you are downtown, Culinaerie (14th and L NW) is really good too.
I've taken classes for BBQ, different meat preparations, sauce making, French, Japanese, and a few others between those places and other random one-off events at other spots. It's good for people that are above a beginner but not trying to go to a full blown culinary school. Between these and just learning and practicing a lot of basic techniques, you can begin to build your own inventory of ideas and ways to prepare stuff without needing to look at recipes and follow the instructions line by line.
Just made a grilled cheese to go with just purchased tomato soup (natures promise), inspired by the soup competition. So fricking good. Thanks toogs!
This post was edited by 2Sticks 12 months ago
Wow, all kinds of shit being thrown at the non-cooking folks in this thread.
I grew up in a household where we went out for dinner every night, and lunch was generally salad, sandwiches or leftovers. My parents both worked, and both got home late every night. They had no interest or strength left to prep, cook, or clean at the end of the day and finding time for grocery shopping was nearly impossible. And it wasn't that expensive to go out to eat in ATL growing up, as long as you weren't going to nice restaurants. For us, it was just nice that, when we all finally got home, we'd all hop in the car and sit down to a meal. My mother's family continues to give her crap about the fact that she considers her oven to be essentially another cabinet.
Having grown up in that, I never learned a single thing about cooking. Once I got my own apt in college, I certainly learned how to do the extreme basics -- eggs, chicken, pasta, but that was pretty much it. Usually, we were out and about for meals. In med school and residency, I was home so infrequently that I never cooked anything.
Now I'm married, and, while I get home at fairly reasonable times (5 or 6), my wife doesn't get home until 8 or 9 pm most nights. And there's no way I'm going to try to cook while also trying to watch a 2- and 4-year old and make sure they don't kill themselves or each other. So we usually get delivery, take-out, leftovers, or very simple stuff.
A big piece of me wishes I had the time or freedom to develop my cooking skills, but I don't see that happening until maybe the kids are older.
OK. Enough of this. I'm gonna walk down to Jazz Fest, have a cochon de lait po-boy, some crawfish bread, chicken livers w/ pepper jelly, and a couple of margaritas while listening to the scourge of the American music scene -- Dave Matthews.
You guys enjoy your marinades!!
This post was edited by NOD 12 months ago
What kind of horsesheet generalization is this. I have never heard such drivel in all my life. You sir are a total frikkin.......oh hold a moment.
Sadly, I have to pretty much agree with this. I see way to many 20 somethings out there that every time they have an issue they still call mommy or daddy. Helicopter parents who never let their kids experience hard times or to learn basic skills. While you thought you were protecting them or doing things for them, what you really were doing was making them dependant and woefully underprepared to be out on their own.
I know this is a huge generalization. But there are too many folks out there without a clue.
Time to go roast a chicken and make some asparagus.
I can see not finding time for cooking if you take no joy in it. Sad though, as you live in one of the great food cities of the world. I guess your kids will be musically talented.
The marinade comment is stupid.
The food sounds delicious. Ask Dave wtf happened to Blenheim if you see him.
This post was edited by TortugaGrande 12 months ago
You almost made it through this long post without coming off like a douche and then BAM the marinade comment. I imagine that's what the edit was.
This thread is breaking me up. NOD is just being NOD, and unlike most/a lot of us, he didn't even grow up eating meals at home. Now add to that NOD and his wife are both physicians, and at least if their kids are eating out every day, at least he is raising them in New Orleans where they will at least be exposed to tasty food. So get off of his patrician nutz.
I grew up with a Mother who cooked most every day and who baked at least once every week, and I came to find that learning my way around in the kitchen would come in handy. Many of my Eli buddies who came from backgrounds similar to NOD's couldn't believe that we ate that well every day in our home.
I can prepare some of her Hungarian specialties, and I find that I enjoy eating, and I have learned to enjoy preparing most meals. It's handy and inexpensive if you live alone and use and don't waste the groceries that you do buy.
There are two posts about NOD's post. Neither are bashing him for anything other than his douchiness. His circumstances make sense. So no one is on his nuts. On the other hand, try getting his dick out of your mouth.
people are on his nuts because he decided to drop a douche bomb, not because he eats out all the time.
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
I can't believe how many of you boners are fucking WEIRD about cooking
lolol. So touchy.
If it'll give you guys some solace, the weather was terrible and the mud got so bad that there was a mud-surfing competition.
This, and not food deserts, is the real reason our poorest people eat so badly.
Planning for tomorrow is an important skill.
I like cooking a ton, and cook a lot, but totally understand people that would rather use their time for other things and eat out a lot (I might too if I were single.) But you, Kunal, G$, and most others with that mindset also have to understand that your incomes are greater than 99% of other folks, which is why you have the option to go spend $50/day on food/drinks. Everyone can't do it.
And I certainly realize that. But there seems to be an odd preponderance of resentment (in this thread and others) towards those of us that don't cook.
Which would be why I went a little smartassy at the end.
Now that the kids are getting older, we finally feel like we have the time to figure out how to cook. Another bonus is we don't feel confined by the limited tastes of small children.
My GF and I can both cook very well and we do that a few nights a week, and I almost always eat leftovers for lunch at work. But the other few nights a week, we like to go out, we have our regular places and know how to get the best value out of the specials and the regular menu. Most of the time we will split an entree, or order off of the app/soup menu. The dinners we cook in are without a doubt more healthy.
Fair enough. Although for better or worse (and largely for worse), I was the same way in college and law school too. The amount of time I spend (not) cooking has had no relevance to my income level. It's always just been a reflection on me being lazy/incompetent when it comes to cooking, me generally being in long-term relationships with girls who love to cook, and me being a huge foodie who loves to eat out often.
This post was edited by terps99 12 months ago
People who are "too busy" to cook,
You don't have a weekend day or two where your schedules permit some time in the kitchen or on the grill? Usually a few of our weekday meals get knocked out on Sunday afternoon or evening. Heck, even if you have some errands or activities you want to knock out....fill up the crock pot or, if you have one, load up the smoker. Set it! And forget it!
Im ready for aa 5th of vodica to end my feels.
I like to cook as much as most, but there's also a big difference between living in Manhattan, Boston, New Orleans and most anywhere else. I cook all the time, but when I lived in Manhattan for 6 months, I went out all the time too. The quality and variety of options for the price are staggering.
That may also be because I live in Switzerland, where takeaway lunch at the local Thai is nearly $20.
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