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Cooking 101 for the single Male.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby LANDM » Nov 5th, 2017, 4:57 am

I agree on the cutting of sugar. Personal taste, to some extent, but it is healthier and tastes great with less sugar.

And the choice of apples is critical. Texture, sweetness, and colour all vary with different apples.

Using Transparents is the best choice, with the ability to find them now being zero. They are the earliest variety and now are quite rare.

The worst choice, for old varieties, is red delicious. Blech.
Golden delicious and macs are good, and gala make a nice pie also. Mixing varieties can make a really good pie so don’t be afraid of that.
And Granny Smith can be good. Nice and tart. :up:
Haven’t tried honeycrisp or ambrosia but they would be sweeter.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 7:21 am

Thanks for all of the advice. The glass pie plate thing is still troubling though. What does a weevil look like? I thought they were big and looked like a rat?
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 10:26 am

Today's project is going to be Spaghetti and sauce.

1st. Go shopping. You will need the following ingredients.

1 large onion.
1 small green pepper.
2 stalks of celery.
1lb =/- ground beef.
1 can of each Tomato paste, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes.
1 box of spaghetti noodles
1 bottle of red wine Chianti. If you get the bottle with the basket on it, the bottle will be great for a candle holder after.
2-3 potatoes (optional)
Some Italian seasoning.

AND a recipe + some help, You tube works great for this.

I'll be back later with updates on my progress.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby fluffy » Nov 5th, 2017, 10:37 am

A comprehensive "basic" cookbook is a must for the single male. When I left home to venture out into the world my mother tucked a copy of "The Joy of Cooking" under my arm and it has served me well for decades. That was over forty years ago and it still comes off the self regularly.
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby my5cents » Nov 5th, 2017, 11:02 am

fluffy wrote:A comprehensive "basic" cookbook is a must for the single male. When I left home to venture out into the world my mother tucked a copy of "The Joy of Cooking" under my arm and it has served me well for decades. That was over forty years ago and it still comes off the self regularly.

Mine did too ! I started out looking up how to cook things like eggs, and potatoes.

Same book, different mom, and about the same time frame. :D

I think I still have it, although I haven't looked at it in a couple of decades at least.
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby dirtybiker » Nov 5th, 2017, 11:09 am

^^^Ditto^^^

Apple pies; Spartans seem to be what most use, my personal preference
are Fuji though.
They stay more solid and don't break down into goo.

Got me going, I think Fresh Apple Pie will be on the menu tonight.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 11:26 am

Yeah, cookbooks are like instructions......only to be referred to as a last resort and all other attempts have failed. Think, Ikea assembly instructions.

By now I have started and watched a Youtube on how to dice an onion, by Jami Oliver.


Step #2. Open the bottle of wine and pour a large glass full, sip it and reconsider the decision to spend Sunday making a sauce.

Step #3. Read the recipie again and remember that you forgot to get Garlic.

Step #4. Go back to the store and buy garlic.
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 1:06 pm

Went to the store, forgot my wallet, had to come back, and now the cashier girls are laughing at me.

Got home with the Garlic and now the sauce is too thick.......I have lost the bottle of wine. Gotta go get more wine, this time I will take my wallet.

I am back home again and the bottle of wine has a cork in it. I don't have a cork screw. Not to worry I am a male and I can adapt and conquer. I have a drill and a screw. Got the screw into the cork. Boy do they ever put them things in tight.

20 minutes of sitting on the floor with this bottle of wine between my legs and using a hammer to pull the cork, I have succeeded. Found the missing bottle of wine.

Fill the glass again and add some to the sauce.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 3:01 pm

It is now 3:00 I don't know if that is the old time or the new time.
The pot is bubbling nicely and I am out of wine. Who would have ever thought that a pot of spaghetti sauce would soak up so much wine?
**Words of advice.....whatever size pot you think is the right size....double it.
As long as you think this sauce will take.......quadrupedal it.
Be sure to open all the canned tomatoes from the top, when in doubt check the label. If you open them from the wrong end, it is not only difficult, but also messy.
When smashing garlic cloves, make sure you have at least 3 feet of open counter space for those little buggers to squirt out on, or you will be picking pieces up from the floor.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby alanjh595 » Nov 5th, 2017, 6:13 pm

It turned out great! A little messy, but I got enough sauce for 6 months.

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby Catsumi » Nov 5th, 2017, 7:33 pm

When I find a good deal on garlic I buy lots of it.

Round up another bottle of wine. Sit down with garlic in front of you. Drink. Peel garlic cloves. Don't stop doing either activity, keep at it until one or the other runs out. Chances are the wine goes first so maybe get 2-3 bottles.

Before you fall over totally corked, place the garlic into a sealable FOIL pouch and freeze. It's ready when you need it without the hassle.

Use foil as plastic may leak odor into your freezer compartment and adulterate the icecream.

It's a nasty job but someone's gotta do it.


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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby Lady tehMa » Nov 6th, 2017, 6:45 am

alanjh595 wrote:It is now 3:00 I don't know if that is the old time or the new time.
The pot is bubbling nicely and I am out of wine. Who would have ever thought that a pot of spaghetti sauce would soak up so much wine?
**Words of advice.....whatever size pot you think is the right size....double it.
As long as you think this sauce will take.......quadrupedal it.
Be sure to open all the canned tomatoes from the top, when in doubt check the label. If you open them from the wrong end, it is not only difficult, but also messy.
When smashing garlic cloves, make sure you have at least 3 feet of open counter space for those little buggers to squirt out on, or you will be picking pieces up from the floor.


Here are some garlic peeling tricks https://www.wikihow.com/Peel-Garlic-Quickly I use a garlic press, myself.
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby Queen K » Nov 6th, 2017, 7:23 am

alanjh595 wrote:It turned out great! A little messy, but I got enough sauce for 6 months.


But that's the best kinda of sauce because the flavours will develop and mature.

Please keep us apprised of your cooking adventures, I'm sure more bottles of wine will go missing in the meantime.
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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby Bsuds » Nov 6th, 2017, 7:41 am

Queen K wrote: I'm sure more bottles of wine will go missing in the meantime.


They don't go missing, they go to a better place. :up:

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Re: Cooking 101 for the single Male.

Postby Queen K » Nov 6th, 2017, 7:42 am

Your house? :135:
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