Benny's Adventures

in Cooking: T-minus One Day

Having settled in comfortably in the house, I will wake up tomorrow morning and attempt to make myself some food. I plan to start simple and create a gourmet scrambled egg dish that will appease even the gods! From there I will make one cooking attempt per day until I need to pack again to return to Duke. Let me know if you have an idea of something I can try!

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20 July 2010 - Posted by | Cooking | ,

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  1. Ooooooothapam! Thali! Idli! Chaat! Dosa!

    Getting experience with potatoes can be really useful. They’re cheap, store well, and are super versatile. Slice em up and fry em! (in a skillet w/ about 1/2 inch oil. Throw a pinch of flour in to check the heat, if it bubbles you’re good, if it burns, too hot) Wrap em in foil and bake em! (don’t forget to poke holes in the foil with a toothpick before you bake! And then either load em up with basically anything or make twice baked!) Throw em in a pot and boil and then mash them (with butter, milk, salt, black pepper, garlic, and shallots. My secret ingredient is shredded sharp white cheddar cheese) They make a great side to almost any main dish and allow you to experiment with lots and lots of flavors and techniques.

    Getting good at sautee-ing chicken is also highly useful. You can learn to season it a bunch of different ways and make a ton of different dishes. Slice it up for fajitas, stuff it with blue cheese and drizzle with buffalo sauce, chop it up and throw in pasta, etc. etc. etc.

    Once you start figuring out better what flavors and styles of stuff you like best, you can see what ingredients you use most and use that to streamline your grocery shopping and figure out new ways to use the same ingredients, which makes the shopping end of things cheaper, more efficient, and considerably less overwhelming.

    Epicurious.com is where I go to get ideas 🙂

    Happy cooking!

    Comment by Cortney | 21 July 2010 | Reply


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