Cooking thread, anyone?

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DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
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Texas
sounds like a Harry Potter "houses" reference to me!
Yes, that’s the reference. About ten years ago, my husband got me the books from the library when I had an extended time of being sick in bed, and I really enjoyed them. When we were moving to Texas we listened to the first book or two on CD for the long car trip for the kids. Most of my reading for the past decade and a half has been children’s literature, trying to preview or at least share everything my kids read. I can now no longer keep up, though I do still tend to read what the younger ones are reading because they like to talk about it with me.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
I skipped the slow cooker yesterday - threw 3 (HUGE) chicken breast halves in, covered with swiss cheese, a can of cream of chicken soup mixed with a quarter cup of milk, and the some stuffing mix on "my" side. then drizzle a 1/4 cup of melted butter over - if you don't do the stuffing, probably want to skip that butter part!
350 degrees for an hour.
J had to work late so I tried to time it for when she was supposed to get home. missed by 20 minutes. I got this off the internet years ago, apparently it can be made up ahead of time and frozen - sometimes I make a couple and freeze one to cook later. seems to turn out just as well.
J hates stuffing, so I figure its best if I try to accommodate! and the stuffing sneaks over while cooking - so I still hear about it!

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I think removable crocks in slow cookers were a great upgrade not only for washing but also for the chance to stick the whole crock in the oven on occasion. I do that, too, when I realize that I’m not going to manage to have my meal cooked in the time I have, though I try to avoid using the oven too much in the summers down here.
 
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MrCool1

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I think removable crocks in slow cookers were a great upgrade not only for washing but also for the chance to stick the whole crock in the oven on occasion. I do that, too, when I realize that I’m not going to manage to have my meal cooked in the time I have, though I try to avoid using the oven too much in the summers down here.
we don't have A/C - so we watch what we do with the oven in July and August - our 100 degree days this year were in late June early July - when I was re-roofing the house! ( hated that!)
another reason I like the slow cooker - we have a covered back porch - and the slow cooker works just fine out there instead of any extra heat in the house. our trees have gotten big enough we have a few acres we call the "dark woods" - fir trees sneaking past 40', and no sun ever hits the ground in there. 10 degrees cooler in there in the summer - so we have picnic dinners in there a lot in the hot weather.
now that I might have time, next year we want to do a summer kitchen - with a wood fired oven - grill and smoker - with a metal roof - and hopefully chimney out the smoke from it all. toughest part of that is our woods are under forestry rules - so when the burning ban starts, we can't barbecue unless propane - so we don't bother. and usually we quit before then - these fir and pine needles really want to go.....
 

begreen

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Yes, we don't do much oven cooking in the summer and none on the very hot days. The stove top and the grill get used a lot more. We use the dutch oven much more in the winter, mostly for slow cooking on the wood stove.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
My husband helped me make a large batch of orange chicken last night. We kept the sauce separate so that people could apply it as desired. All six of us enjoyed the chicken for dinner, and we had plenty to keep some for leftovers and still put some of the breaded chicken in the freezer for use at a later date. It was a lot of work to bread and fry a large bowl of chicken, but the rave reviews and the future meals are good rewards. FF9A988A-45C0-48D2-8964-D972AC733170.jpeg 1B214835-DD1E-4ADD-86E0-ABCD3301AB1F.jpeg
 

PaulOinMA

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Oct 20, 2018
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MA
Yum! Found a great sesame chicken recipe online. I will post the link tomorrow when I'm on my laptop.

I have a great story about buying my wok in 1988. I will post that, too.
 

PaulOinMA

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Oct 20, 2018
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MA
I love orange chicken. Recipe please. Would always get it at Ollie's Noodle Shop in NY near Broadway.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
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Texas
I love orange chicken. Recipe please. Would always get it at Ollie's Noodle Shop in NY near Broadway.

Here’s the base I used. I subsittuted fresh garlic, ginger, and hot pepper, and didn’t add zest or green onions simply because I didn’t have them. I’m sure they would add, though the meal was delicious anyway.

 
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PaulOinMA

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Oct 20, 2018
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Thanks! Here's sesame chicken.


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PaulOinMA

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Oct 20, 2018
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MA
Bought my wok in early 1988. It was my first job out of grad school. A colleague was a Chinese woman.

She called Chinese chili paste "spicy bean tea."

Showed her the recipe I followed for peanut sauce. She laughed, "too many ingredients."

She knew how much I liked to make Chinese food. I was leaving that job for another division within the company. Went in her office right before I was leaving and told her I bought a wok over the weekend.

Thought she would be pleased. Instead, I had this little Chinese lady screaming at me.

"Why for you buy wok? Why for you buy wok? That be go way gift! Now need new idea!" :)
 

clancey

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Feb 26, 2021
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Colorado
That's a nice memory of days gone by and I love cooking with my stainless steel wok and so easy too..Those folks have the right idea about cooking...You can put anything with it to make a real nice meal just like a "stock pot" from years ago...thanks...clancey
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
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Yesterday I made another large batch of tortillas. My nine year old is an awesome helper. She fries each one for me so that I can roll out the next one. I picked 90 shishito peppers off our plants and sliced and seeded them for the fajita filling. Otherwise it was just some shaved steak and sliced onions, but it was yummy.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
My husband has been wanting Chicken Paprikas(h) recently, so he cooked up a pot tonight. We didn’t have any egg noodles, so we made some in the afternoon. Both made for a tasty supper.

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DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
I made some really decadent crackers today following this recipe:


I used part cheddar and part Pecorino Romano as well as a small amount of my homemade fish pepper powder (pretty hot stuff). The crackers were really rich, perhaps too strong with the pecorino, but they were a hit with my kids. I think I’ll try some variations in the future, perhaps one with soft goat cheese.
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PaulOinMA

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MA
Looks good. I keep saying I should make crackers. Haven't yet.
 
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clancey

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They look really good but I would leave out the fish chili powder and substitute with something else more mild...I like your combination of cheeses..mmm good...clancey
 
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EbS-P

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Jan 19, 2019
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Tofu, broccoli, green bean and edamame stir fry. If you like stir fry and need to make a lot and don’t have a big burner you REALLY need one!

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EbS-P

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Jan 19, 2019
1,747
SE North Carolina
that looks great. but don't know what edamame is
Thanks. During the summer it’s a once a week meal to cook outside. Green soybeans. Often served in the shell as an appetizer at Japanese restaurants. Kids love it. Fun to pop out of the shell. It’s almost like a vegetable. It’s green right? I’ve been buying frozen shelled. Even added to a meatloaf for something different as I didn’t have time to prep carrots.
 

thewoodlands

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Foothills of The Adirondacks
I haven't added anything but hope I do in the near future. After my operation in early March I let my weight jump to 234.4 (all my fault) in late August I started my weight loss and this morning I was 210.4.

Today is my last day on my weight loss adventure and tomorrow we'll have some scalloped potatoes for supper. I'm hoping that I can maintain my weight between 212 - 216.
 

DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
1,066
Texas
Our summer is finally winding down here. As a (perhaps) last hurrah with summer vegetables last night, I made a bhindi (okra) masala. My husband had recently made a lovely batch of Greek yogurt, so I was able to make naan and a cucumber raita (the cucumbers were dehyrdrated, but I let them soak in the yogurt, and it worked acceptably).

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EbS-P

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Jan 19, 2019
1,747
SE North Carolina
That looks really tasty. What is that burner?
I think this is where I got it it from. It’s a propane wok burner. It’s like a 200k btu burner. Needs a high pressure regulator. I can brown 10# of burger and 2# of onion in 10 minutes! Looks like they don’t have my big daddy burner. Just the measly 160kBTU;)

 

clancey

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Feb 26, 2021
2,062
Colorado
I think I will be eating these "forever"--so many tomatoes I have: Its fried tomatoes and apple sauce with cinnamon and linked sausage with bread a nice lunch to eat..clancey

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