what's cooking? part 5: 2017-2027

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sufjan i cant remember any particular faves at the moment, i havent cooked from it for a while but i really went crazy when i got it at the beginning of last year. its consistently good.

just sayin, Friday, 25 January 2019 05:03 (five years ago) link

i don't know humboldt county, but i have spent lots of time in chico and the produce at the saturday farmer's market is insane. some of the best oranges, carrots, potatoes i've had. plus amazing tomatoes and stone fruits, melons and berries. And LOADS of different types of winter squashes, and yes, sublime romanesco, late-summer corn. all kinds of asian ingredients on account of a large Hmong population. they have it all. much much nicer than the handful of sf and la markets i've been to

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:12 (five years ago) link

Sacramento farmer’s market is pretty awesome, produce-wise.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:09 (five years ago) link

I'm trying to up my nut content, did a v delicious satay-ish/peanut butter curry stir fry last night, it was so good it felt like a breakthrough. also been scoffing a lot of gong bao chicken but haven't attempted that yet. any other hot saucy nutty favourites?

ogmor, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:49 (five years ago) link

I think I've posted this here ad nauseum but I love this soup, posted ages ago by someone somewhere on ilx:


mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:29 (five years ago) link

I like ground cashews replacing ricotta in lasagna, but I don't know the recipe (also can get expensive).

nickn, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:56 (five years ago) link

I use almond meal instead of bread crumbs to coat stuff.

Yerac, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 19:59 (five years ago) link

cashew cream sauce for pasta. soak to soften. blend with a milk product in a ratio 2 parts cashew: 1 pt liquid. i also throw in some garlic (and salt, obvs). made this the other day and had some roasted jalapenos around so they went in the blender, too. was good!

form that slug-like grex (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:48 (five years ago) link

three weeks pass...

i am making spaghetti and meatballs tomorrow. seriouseats says ina garten's recipe is the best. i also have marcella hazan's book. whole foods sent an email saying parmigiano reggiano is on sale tomorrow. what else do i need to know? thinking about doing beef and pork for the balls

forensic plumber (harbl), Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:42 (five years ago) link

lol my partner excitedly forwarded me that cheese sale email today. For meatballs, I think the best sauce recipes go in the super thick and roasty tomato sauce direction. https://troublewithtoast.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/recipe-oven-roasted-tomato-sauce/

say it with sausages (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:55 (five years ago) link

might forget the pasta altogether and eat that with garlic bread, ricotta, and romaine, though.

say it with sausages (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:56 (five years ago) link

season the beejesus out of 'em, and don't forget the panade? I dunno my meatballs never turn out as well as really really good meatballs I've had in restaurants.

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:18 (five years ago) link

What's cooking at my place: not much, as the kitchen reno has begun! Spouse and two cats and I moved into a 400 square foot studio. The kitchen(ette) is not bad but 1) where the fuck are all of these spices going to go and 2) how the fuck do I use these fancy ass miele appliances? The oven is a "speed oven" and the manual is like 300 pages long?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:19 (five years ago) link

Congrats on new digs. Since I moved last summer and it was hot af at the time I just stuck my spices in fridge. They are still there and no worse off for it iirc.Am guessing that I am a big weirdo and this will not work for most.
Made a new-to-me vegan Mac n cheese last night that was awesome. Sauce had steamed cauliflower., Some roasted yam, miso, nooch cashews, a little unsweetened soymilk, turmeric, cayenne. Was a minor product but a big hit.

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:34 (five years ago) link

Product = production. Die automisspell, die!

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Friday, 22 February 2019 00:36 (five years ago) link

Harbl do the scarpetta tomato sauce (unless you don't like spicy)! We are going a trader joes ravioli with kale, shallot and avocado sauce?thing tonight. Trying to use up some groceries.

congrats on new place. I love sorting stuff out in new places. it's like a top chef challenge.

Yerac, Friday, 22 February 2019 00:47 (five years ago) link

Quincie, I settled on little magnetic tins from the Container Store for spice storage. They stick to the side of my fridge.

Something like this:


My other space saving tip is doing most of my grocery shopping each night before cooking, This way I don’t have to find space to store too much stuff.

Virginia Plain, Friday, 22 February 2019 03:34 (five years ago) link

borscht is simmering. i don't know if i've ever even tasted björscht before but this looks/smells earthy and nice. sorta smashed together a few different recipes. weather has warmed up here quickly so looking forward to having nice cool spoonfuls later tonight and/or tomorrow. wish i had some sour cream to lay on it.

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Monday, 25 February 2019 19:42 (five years ago) link

also made a tempeh baked in harissa/tahini marinade earlier that is a little zippy and something different (made it once before but didn't cover it while baking so it was dry and not that nice)

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Monday, 25 February 2019 19:44 (five years ago) link

hake fillets wrapped in nutmegged leeks and steamed in wine its good

god knows i want to fp (darraghmac), Monday, 25 February 2019 20:54 (five years ago) link

haven't tried any new recipes in ages. Except for a couple of slow cooker things which were so-so.

kinder, Monday, 25 February 2019 21:23 (five years ago) link

hi everyone I haven't cooked anything recently but I just want to say fuck ultra-pasteurized dairy products (as opposed to just plain regular pasteurized) and how they taste weird and cooked and almost cheesy

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Monday, 4 March 2019 20:46 (five years ago) link

do you mean like that ultra-high temperature milk? i've never gotten it but wanted to try making yogurt with it, read it may end up thickening easier

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:23 (five years ago) link

they just started carrying fresh milk where I am. All those ultra pasteurized dairy products are so meh.

Yerac, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:30 (five years ago) link

uht milk is disgusting. unless you're doomsday prepping and need some long living lactose i don't know why the fuck you would buy it

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:31 (five years ago) link

is this milk in a box?

forensic plumber (harbl), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:32 (five years ago) link

I was just looking up why this country has so much/only UHT milk. It was due to a powdered milk scare in the 70s, distrust of government, lack of refrigeration, transportation issues. nestle fuckery, earthquake stockpiling, etc etc.

Yerac, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:46 (five years ago) link

no not even, just if you look at the cartons in the fridge, some milk is ultra-pasteurized (often lactose-free and/or organic milks bcz they sell slower) and others are not. most heavy creams are too, and imo it is a night and day difference in taste

vision joanna newsom (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:06 (five years ago) link

I am so glad I don't drink milk. It's way too much to deal with in most places.

Yerac, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 22:22 (five years ago) link

ok this explains a lot and i never thought about it. organic milk from whole foods spoils quickly in comparison to grocery store organic milk. regular grocery store heavy cream stays good for a while, the fancy stuff gets lumpy very soon. thanks d(eux)!

forensic plumber (harbl), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:31 (five years ago) link



Made this soup last weekend to use up some vegetable box bok choy and my bf is now saying it's the best thing I've ever made, possibly the best food he has ever eaten. I don't think that's true but hey, if it makes your audience happy, any recipe can be the best thing ever!

I hate star anise so I subbed cinnamon sticks and I had to sub in the Thai rice vermicelli that I could find at the local store. Otherwise I followed it exactly and it was easy!

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:25 (five years ago) link

Wait, lies, I also like the choy more blackened so I pan-sauteed it before adding to soup.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:26 (five years ago) link

It's possible I never exactly follow any recipe tbh.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:26 (five years ago) link

I really hate star anise too which is why I never use chinese 5 spice. That looks delicious.

Yerac, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:30 (five years ago) link

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma New Flavors for Soup, by Adam Ried (Oxmoor House, 2008).

i don't have this volume but i do have w-s new flavors for vegetables, which is a great little book for seasonal veg inspiration. i want to get the soup one now!

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:30 (five years ago) link

The cut of meat that's called for really made the MOST silky, gelatin-rich broth, and the finished slices of beef were so tender they fell apart when pressed with a spoon. Even though it starts with chicken broth, the soy sauce and the long simmer with sliced beef made it *so* beefy and umami.

There's more Italy than necessary. (in orbit), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:51 (five years ago) link

i used to think that maybe i didn't like quinoa v much. i found a bitterness associated with what i would buy from bulk bins (apparently package has been rinsed so doesn't have this problem). then started rinsing and thought "much better". then started letting the rinsed q dry, then toasting in cast iron. final adjustment was to use a light veg. broth in the cooking process (rice cooker all the way imo). takes a little planning (can't toast wet quinoa, etc) but the results are SO yummo.
just sayin'

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:20 (five years ago) link

I rinse the quinoa that comes in packages too because I sometimes have issues digesting it. I should try toasting.

Yerac, Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:35 (five years ago) link

I caramelized like 8 onions this weekend. Frozen in large silicon ice cube trays now. Always takes so much longer than expected.

Yerac, Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:37 (five years ago) link

i got kind of bored with quinoa but that process makes me want to try it again.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 7 March 2019 16:41 (five years ago) link

it's a kinda versatile grain. by which i mean, when it gets warm again i'm def gonna make this salad (that has lemongrass, cilantro and mint) which i've made a few times over the years

xpost that is a LOT of onions to do in one batch in a home kitchen (unless you have multiple pans working)

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Thursday, 7 March 2019 17:03 (five years ago) link

nah, I just used a big enamel pot and lots of stirring, deglazing, playing games on my phone.

Yerac, Thursday, 7 March 2019 17:05 (five years ago) link

cooking quinoa in stock def helps balance the flavor

i can’t eat red quinoa though, gives me horrible cramps.

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 8 March 2019 06:08 (five years ago) link

i guess you both may be allergic to the saponin which i previously didn't know was a thing.

just made purple sweet potato pasta dough. it's really soft even after mixing in some more flour. i'm not used to making pasta dough with egg in it though so that probably has something to do with it. not gonna roll it out until later. hope it works.

had planned on making bagels but could't find malted barley syrup so that's next weekend's project hopefully

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Sunday, 10 March 2019 19:47 (five years ago) link

Made a delicious chicken and orzo bake with lemon, asparagus, leeks, and fennel last night. Gonna cook some cod tonight.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 10 March 2019 20:44 (five years ago) link

I’m trying to perfect Hokkaido Soup Curry right now the recipe I’m using is too sweet but i’m Adjusting my way towards it.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:06 (five years ago) link

Does anyone have any easy but flavourful Instant Pot recipes they can share/link to? I got one for Christmas and have tried a few things, mainly stews/casseroles, and the meat has always come out lovely and tender but the sauce has been watery and the overall dish hasn't been too flavourful

tried to counteract that tonight by putting way more herbs in and making the sauce as thick as possible, but the sauce was too thick, so it kept shouting "burn" until I made it watery and bland again :(

also need more practice at making rice not come out sticky as hell and welded to the bottom. a big part of why I got it was people saying it made rice as well & easily as a rice cooker, and I'd love but can't justify a rice cooker because the versatility to space ratio is not enough for our small kitchen

a passing spacecadet, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:07 (five years ago) link

The recipe I have for soup curry is instant pot ready. She uses a Korea version called a Cuckoo iCook.


American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:16 (five years ago) link

I have a rice cooker that's a plastic bowl thing you put in the microwave - it's way better than doing it in a pan.
Are you somehow putting in too much water/liquid in your stews? I read on another forum someone who thought the 'max' line inside was where you had to fill it up to which it isn't apparently (I don't have the Instant Pot brand thing but a generic slow cooker - is it a pressure cooker? If so I don't have a clue about those).

kinder, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:26 (five years ago) link

One thing about making rice in a pot is make sure you don't stir it until it's completely done. Otherwise it will get mushy.

I made a big batch of quinoa today for the week. I didn't toast it, but I did add two spoonfuls of tumeric to the water while cooking. And then after cumin, hot chile powder, garlic, lemon zest and juice, coriander, cucumber, green onion. It will be the base for stuff later in the week

Yerac, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:36 (five years ago) link

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