I really prefer counters to be one color, so I would always go for ss over a granite type of look (which is why I like my apartment that has white caeserstone). I would love to get poured cement counters one day.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:38 (five years ago) link
our kitchen has stainless steel counter too, as well as Corian. Not a combo I'd have chosen (either on their own would look nicer) but it is practical
― kinder, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:42 (five years ago) link
Yeah, we had a butchery block wood island with the stainless steel counters in my first place and that looked fine, but mixing it with other things might be weird. I guess it depends on the size of each piece. Right now even the baseboards under the counters are stainless steel and they kind of drive me nuts with how dirty they look sometimes.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:51 (five years ago) link
This is why I am thinking about zinc countertop on the island and just letting it get thoroughly patinaed.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:30 (five years ago) link
I think that would look amazing.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:35 (five years ago) link
yeah, bar in sf, the toronado has zinc counter/serving area and i've always liked the simple utilitarianness. and it seems indestructible.
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 20:14 (five years ago) link
Made an Italian-themed feast for Father's Day. Before cooking, I whipped up some very strong frozen mango cilantro margaritas. Then I cooked up a few recipes from Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, which is fast becoming my favorite cookbook. I made pork loin with balsamic onions, asparagus and cheese, and savoy cabbage and potatoes. It was a ton of stuff to juggle, but it was all very delicious. Now my son is whipping up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 18 June 2018 02:20 (five years ago) link
Have been gaining a lot of confidence in my cooking over the past 6 or so months. I went from dreading it to being excited about throwing together a meal. The process can still be stressful, but it's getting better.
Made a delicious smoky sheet pan chicken with cauliflower tonight. Features thighs and legs tossed in a paprika and vinegar marinade and then baked on sheets with potatoes, cauliflower, onions, and green olives. Had a bit more prep than I was anticipating, but then just gets tossed on the oven til ready, and tasted great!
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 2 July 2018 02:09 (five years ago) link
that's a great feeling, well done
― call all destroyer, Monday, 2 July 2018 02:21 (five years ago) link
Made a potato galette from Smitten Kitchen’s second cookbook for the second time. Great use of a mandoline and very little work for a pretty impressive potato and cheese pile.
― devops mom (silby), Monday, 2 July 2018 02:29 (five years ago) link
i made awful tacos last week (i know i know idk how u screw up tacos but boy did i) so tonight i waged taco redemption. spicy lime-marinated grilled chicken, homemade pickled vegetables, slaw, the whole nine yards. redeemed!
― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 2 July 2018 02:41 (five years ago) link
The chicken I made tonight was also from Smitten Kitchen.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 2 July 2018 02:59 (five years ago) link
Not cooking again until the daytime temp drops below 80 degrees. So...September.
― There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 2 July 2018 14:16 (five years ago) link
I don’t like the Smitten cookbooks, even though I think Deb runs a great blog (and I’ve emailed with her). For whatever reason, her voice seem to me to translate into book form.
― rb (soda), Monday, 2 July 2018 14:22 (five years ago) link
Anybody doing anything special foodwise on the fourth? I made seitan burgers once a few years ago and it was the best veggie burger recipe I've used so looking forward to making that for friends and relations.
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Monday, 2 July 2018 14:25 (five years ago) link
i grilled some chicken thighs and have been eating nothing but tacos for daysthat's sort of how i'm going with cooking these days
make food to eat, eat iti may have lost my desire to learn anything new technique-wise but i haven't lost the urge to experiment with assembly/flavor
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 2 July 2018 14:33 (five years ago) link
Nothing for the 4th I don't think but I'll make potato salad for my July 14th block party, probably early the day before as it will mean the heat and sauna effect of boiling 5 lbs of potatoes. You can trust me, though--that potato salad has NEVER gone uneaten at any party. Clean. People take it home.
On the day of the party I'll cede the field to my bf who will make 3-4 racks of ribs in the oven and destroy my kitchen with home-made barbecue sauce in the process while I drink iced wine and sweet tea outside w my friends & neighbors. Best day of the summer imo.
― There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Monday, 2 July 2018 15:27 (five years ago) link
had some flat rice noodles laying around that i wanted to use up and found this nice simple looking recipe: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/hot-pepper-noodleshave a vegan that i was considering and found a recipe for vegan oyster sauce. man, the dish was sublime on account of this component: https://omnivorescookbook.com/homemade-vegetarian-oyster-sauce/just sayin'
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 8 July 2018 14:07 (five years ago) link
that sounds worth doing -- how long do you think the sauce will last once it's made? weeks? months?
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 8 July 2018 14:19 (five years ago) link
recipe says it's freezable otherwise 10 days-ish imo. i added the optional miso btw. i also put twice as much in as recipe called for to up the flavor so only have about one more large stir-fry's worth leftover
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 8 July 2018 15:08 (five years ago) link
large = how many servings?
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 8 July 2018 17:12 (five years ago) link
This is very timely. I am embarking on a massive Use It Up project for fridge/freezer/pantry. I have flat rice noodles that need Using Up without purchase of additional stuff that will itself need Using Up!
Perhaps I can enlist this thread in some Use It Up challenges? For example: a quite large bag of (good quality!) dried shiitake mushrooms? I only seem to use four or five at a time. At that rate they will last me like five years and I want to finish them in about 3 months.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 18:46 (five years ago) link
make this sauce and give extra to friends or freeze it!
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 8 July 2018 19:07 (five years ago) link
Oh wait I failed to look at the sauce recipe! Even more timely!!!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 19:14 (five years ago) link
Update: shiitakes now soaking. Thread delivers!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 19:47 (five years ago) link
I doubled the recipe (except for the garlic, as for some reason I only had two lonely cloves on hand) and included the miso. I still need to whip up some five spice powder (using up whole spices! excellent!). Tastes wonderful. Not terribly taxing to whip up, though I wish I'd used my food processor instead of my vitamix as I think the blending part would have gone better. Slicing the shrooms was the most labor intensive part and took maybe two minutes.
I'll do a proper measurement once I cool and store, but I ended up with about five cups of sauce?
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:44 (five years ago) link
Xposts probably have 2/3 cup of this sauce leftover. So not sure how to break that down into servings but reckon that'd sauce 6 or 8 cups of cooked veg? Or it could cover that noodle recipe 2x I reckon
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:53 (five years ago) link
Oh u made a lot more than I did! I tend to eyeball things so just counted out like 8 or so shiitakes when I did it and went from there. I prefer blender. Just threw in the whole cooked shrooms and the rest of the ings and added all the soaking liquid plus some water to get it blendable
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:57 (five years ago) link
I weighed out the shiitakes and it took a good bit of the soaking liquid to keep things loose enough to blend! I'll be using a good 1/4 cup per serving of noodles or stir fry, though. I see using it more like a mushroom pesto than an 1:1 oyster sauce sub.
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 22:03 (five years ago) link
I did the slicing/browing shiitake step but I'm sure it is none the worse for skipping!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Sunday, 8 July 2018 22:04 (five years ago) link
Oh I cooked em just left em whole in cast iron added a load of ginger n garlic then straight into the blender
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 8 July 2018 22:12 (five years ago) link
Baked a tasty frittata this evening with tomatoes, basil, onions, and dollops of ricotta.
― Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 10 July 2018 02:17 (five years ago) link
Lucky Peach book is a bit frustrating. The pictures are funny, and the intro matter seems good. But the recipes themselves feel oversimplified at times. The feedback loop of finding a recipe that excites you, making it, and loving the results feels unbalanced because the book does a good job getting you excited for recipes that are more like jumping off points to something good. I've had better luck finding a recipe in the book, researching alternatives online, and making a hybrid recipe. In the end, the process feels less simple than using a more prescriptive book with slightly more complex recipes where you consistently love the results.
― scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:15 (five years ago) link
I can see that. Economy noodles are now a standby but yeah it’s more a riff than a recipe
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:17 (five years ago) link
Was it Jacques Pepin? that says one should only use cooking recipes as guidelines and not to the letter? Because produce and fruit that you select will always have different ripenesses/sugars/starches, everyone has different cooking facilities, nothing can ever be controlled enough to make the perfect recipe. When I make noodles/dumpling dough from scratch, I never measure anymore but instead go by feel.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:28 (five years ago) link
I’m kinda obsessed with this nyc dish I’ve read about called curry lamb noodles, I think lucky peach has a recipe? (Nb I have never had the dish but it sounds amazing). But I’m always too lazy to make noodles from scratch. I need to get over that.
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:33 (five years ago) link
xp I guess "a riff" feels more like "cooking" and would have been great for me had I acquired an interest in cooking while younger. But, for example, a scallion pancake dipping sauce recommendation of 1:1 soy sauce and dark rice vinegar is such a bad riff for something that can be so much better with just a bit more if you throw away your book's ethos of simplicity.
― scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:37 (five years ago) link
but I agree that you can't blindly trust a recipe. I definitely had to go way outside of the annoying volumetric measures for dough given in the recipe for said scallion pancakes. But my complaint is more about "this recipe is missing something" that makes cooking it not worthwhile and not just balancing the flavors presented in the recipe.
― scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:40 (five years ago) link
Oh, the lamb curry noodles is a big thing at Xi'an Famous Foods (used to be a basement stall in Flushing, bourdain visited, now they are a chain). Their noodles are delicious.
I didn't really get into cooking until the last 5 years or so. Mostly because my partner was vegan for so long I was kind of over it and so we made boring stuff (ha!) I also can't really cook meat well because of this.
The key to noodle/dumpling dough, and this may be obvious, but you really need to use warm water. It literally takes me under 4 minutes to make dough and then I let it sit and kneed it more later.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:50 (five years ago) link
All of our soy type of dipping sauce is the same. 1/2 vinegar (it doesn't matter what kind to us), 1/2 soy sauce (but if the soy sauce is super salty we might do more vinegar), slivers of a clove of garlic, and sometimes a dash of hot chili oil if we have it.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:53 (five years ago) link
i'm gonna be a little sad to move away from my vegan housemates that have caused me to experiment in that realm more than i otherwise would have, BUT i am pretty chuffed to be able to use fish sauce, shrimp paste, and whatever the heck i want to when cooking.
It literally takes me under 4 minutes to make dough and then I let it sit and kneed it more later.
This made the think (aside from the fact that i'd like to try my hand @ dim sum-type doughs) that: "i have a pasta roller, why don't i use it more?!" the machine does the kneading as dough goes through it ffs making the process so damn simple
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 21:56 (five years ago) link
and oyster sauce! (I'm sure the mushroom stuff is also good)
― scopin' VARs (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:15 (five years ago) link
xpost. My parents bought me one of those automatic pasta machines when I was younger. I would make pasta in it every day during the summer just for myself. I made bagels twice in it too. I love those things.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 22:42 (five years ago) link
made a simple red sauce this morning with tomatoes from a friend's garden roasted with garlic, onion and some dried herbs, then pureed. just now finished rolling out some fettuccine to go with it. the semolina dough was so easy to work with (Isa Chandra recipe) it only needed a dusting of flour after it was cut into shape. https://i.imgur.com/6DwSqM4.jpg
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Friday, 13 July 2018 22:15 (five years ago) link
Ohhhh, I should look up the Isa Chandra recipe. That looks good from what I can see.
― Yerac, Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:12 (five years ago) link
i've been wondering about how good/easy homemade vegan pasta was -- the only recipe i know (which is ruhlman's from 'ratio' and pretty idiot proof) involves eggs, obv
― gbx, Saturday, 14 July 2018 19:55 (five years ago) link
i unintentionally misled. SRY! was looking @ something or other that had Isa's name on it yesterday. but the recipe i used was in actual fact this:https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/12044/eggless-pasta/
it was EASY. made dough in kitchen aid (which isn't necessary for this but i figured what the heck). took literally a minute to come together. the roll out took another 15 (for half a batch)the resulting noodles were fantastic
― lâche pas la patate (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:20 (five years ago) link
have probably watched this video 50 times over the last year. something's so relaxing about this guy's approach to sandwich making. I'm sure he is also very annoying to some people:
a generous colleague brought in the ingredients to make us all the fried bologna sandwich today. v good, though I'm sure the meat sourcing/making is likely the most important part of the endeavor.
― Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:56 (five years ago) link
― Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:57 (five years ago) link
other personal sandwich revelation has been dutch crunch bread, which I'm sure most bay area ilxors will roll their eyes at
― Impossible Burgermeat. Unlikely Seitan. (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 20:59 (five years ago) link