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Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:03 pm
by Vanifae
So right now I am making a wonderful meat loaf for dinner.

Not my pics just examples of said loaf of meat are below.

What do you guys like to cook, or want to cook, or wish you could cook? I like new foods.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:06 pm
by Isetnefret
I wish I were better at preparing various types of fish..

I love fish...I cook it for shit :(



Also, there is a really good Indian restaurant down the street in one direction, and really good Thai restaurant down the street in the opposite direction.

I love both Indian and Thai food, but don't know the first thing about cooking either.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:12 pm
by Dane
Grilling is one of my things...is using store bought marinade considered cheating?

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:17 pm
by Isetnefret
I actually make my own marinade, but SOME of the store bought ones are pretty damn good.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:19 pm
by Grehn|Skipjack
Had delicious fried chicken and mashed potatoes last night. Wish I knew more ways to cook beef than "Stick it in a pan and wait for all the red to go away".

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:20 pm
by Vanifae
Dane wrote:Grilling is one of my things...is using store bought marinade considered cheating?

Nah I would not think so.

I want to get into grilling myself, I would probably use my own marinade. I like messing with flavors.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:25 pm
by Dane
I like making my own, but for the times you need something non-experimental, Stubbs Chicken Marinade is fantastic.

A great side dish is made by slicing potatoes fairly thin, and tossing them between two sheets of aluminum foil. You'll also want to coat the potatoes with a decent olive oil, and add salt, pepper, thyme, bay, and rosemary. Chuck those on your grill, flip once.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:35 pm
by Isetnefret
Dane wrote:A great side dish is made by slicing potatoes fairly thin, and tossing them between two sheets of aluminum foil. You'll also want to coat the potatoes with a decent olive oil, and add salt, pepper, thyme, bay, and rosemary. Chuck those on your grill, flip once.



I've done this, it's fantastic.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:08 pm
by cerwillis
Isetnefret wrote:I wish I were better at preparing various types of fish..

I love fish...I cook it for shit :(



Also on the cooking with foil tip, this works with any kind of white fish and probably many others as well:

Put the fish on the foil,
salt
pepper
one of the following: fresh thyme, oregano, dill
garlic clove(s), smashed
small slice of lemon (goes a long way)
dash of olive oil

Seal the foil well, and put it in the oven or on the grill @ around 400-425, cooking for around 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish. This is my favorite way to cook fresh fish.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:10 pm
by Panzerdin
I quite enjoy making my own chocolate mousse.

http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/ch ... e_p_1.html is about right, although I don't bother with the garnishing or liqueur.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:25 pm
by Lumennon
Grehn|Skipjack wrote:Wish I knew more ways to cook beef than "Stick it in a pan and wait for all the red to go away".


But what more is there to it? 0_o

Meat friend, me good.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:33 pm
by Lore
I'm making chili tonight.

I make really good chili.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:06 pm
by Vanifae
Lore wrote:I'm making chili tonight.

I make really good chili.

What do you put in your chili?

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:13 pm
by Fridmarr
Alton Brown made some chili once where he used crushed tortilla chips instead of beans. I've always been curious to make it and see what it was like. Lore, get on it.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:25 pm
by Thalia
OMG Aergis and I love grilling and we love to cook. I am a future student of the culinary arts institute of the art institute in Seattle :D

Hmmm homemade marinade... okay get a good steak, yummy marbling.

Mike some Soy Vey Marinade with A1 sauce and Worshestershire Sauce (spelling sucks). Put steak in ziplock baggies, pour in marinade, suck out the air, zip, let marinade at least two hours, grill! so good.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:27 pm
by Dane
Fridmarr wrote:Alton Brown made some chili once where he used crushed tortilla chips instead of beans. I've always been curious to make it and see what it was like. Lore, get on it.


Interestingly enough...I'm not a chili nut, but once read a thread (on another gaming forum) where a few chili die-hards were claiming that "real" chili didn't use any beans at all.

Anyone else familiar with this theory?

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:35 pm
by Cakes
Grehn|Skipjack wrote:Had delicious fried chicken and mashed potatoes last night. Wish I knew more ways to cook beef than "Stick it in a pan and wait for all the red to go away".


Depends on what type of beef you are cooking with, but a simple thing to do with beef strips is to throw some red onions (cut roughly the same size as your strips) in at the same time as your beef, followed closely by soy sauce and red wine vinegar. After sauteing those for a bit, your beef should be cooked and your onions should be caramelizing (browned around the edges). At this point you can add fresh vegetables that don't need to cook for long, but rather just brought up to the temperature of the rest of the dish. I typically add cilantro, green onions, and a few tomato wedges. Serve with some white rice, and you're done. Alternative methods to this dish include adding garlic to the beef when it's sautéing and/or adding french fries to the beef right after your fresh vegetables. Optional spices include salt, pepper, and cumin. This dish is known as a saltado.

As for my own cooking, I'm a dessert nut, so I've been baking a lot lately. I made an awesome lemon rum cornmeal pound cake a couple days ago, and I think my next project will be a soufflé of some sort.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:41 pm
by Panzerdin
Dane wrote:
Fridmarr wrote:Alton Brown made some chili once where he used crushed tortilla chips instead of beans. I've always been curious to make it and see what it was like. Lore, get on it.


Interestingly enough...I'm not a chili nut, but once read a thread (on another gaming forum) where a few chili die-hards were claiming that "real" chili didn't use any beans at all.

Anyone else familiar with this theory?

Me, although for the slightly different reason that I hate beans.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:59 pm
by Thalia
Dane wrote:
Fridmarr wrote:Alton Brown made some chili once where he used crushed tortilla chips instead of beans. I've always been curious to make it and see what it was like. Lore, get on it.


Interestingly enough...I'm not a chili nut, but once read a thread (on another gaming forum) where a few chili die-hards were claiming that "real" chili didn't use any beans at all.

Anyone else familiar with this theory?


Ya, the original chilli is called chile, I think it was based of Chile con Carne, a mexican dish. The dish is made with homemade chile salsa and beef or pork. That must have been a while ago though, Texans have had mexican food influence for many years, so it was probably morphed a long long time ago.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:00 pm
by Vanifae
I made chili con carne as a kid and it was excellent.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:03 pm
by Lore
Fridmarr wrote:Alton Brown made some chili once where he used crushed tortilla chips instead of beans. I've always been curious to make it and see what it was like. Lore, get on it.


Alton Brown is my hero so I will have to try this. Though I'll probably still have the beans in there. Was that on Good Eats? I'll have to find the episode.

I've thought about going to culinary school quite a bit, but for the moment I'm pretty focused on the gaming industry.

Vanifae wrote:What do you put in your chili?


I have to take the lazy man's route and use mostly canned ingredients since I don't have the time to prep them all properly myself (at least without ending up with the "chili" some people make that ends up more like a salsa). But I use:

1 pound ground beef
1 large can crushed tomatoes (not stewed, and not that "chili-ready" nonsense)
1 can chili beans
1 can light red kidney beans
1 small can mushrooms (pieces & stems)
~1 tbsp diced jalapenos

Brown up the hamburger in a saucepan first, with about 1 tbsp of water (just enough to cover the bottom of the pan) to help keep it from forming large chunks. Toss some chili powder in there to add some flavor to the meat. Once it's brown, drain the grease and dump the meat into a larger pot. Dump all the canned goods and the jalapenos in there, and add some seasoning -- chili powder is a must, and I like to add in a few other random herbs like basil and a little paprika. I've got one of those "italian herbs & seasoning" grinder things too; I don't know what all is in there but it's good.

Cook that on a medium high heat until it's nice and hot. Best way to tell if it's ready or not is to sample a bean to see if they're cooked all the way. If it's not crunchy or gritty, you're good to go. Toss it in a bowl, top with some shredded mozzarella, and voila!

It's not the prettiest dish, but it's tasty.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:23 pm
by Vanifae
Sounds tasty.

Mine was similar except I went a little overboard with cilantro heh... I like spicy chili so I used alot of sliced jalapenos and chilis.

I think I used ground beef and ground pork seasoned with chili powder, alt, pepper, and sliced cilantro.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:28 pm
by Lore
Yeah I had to tone down my recipe a bunch for the wife -- I used to use about a half can of sliced jalapenos instead of the diced ones :P

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:35 pm
by Vanifae
Lore wrote:Yeah I had to tone down my recipe a bunch for the wife -- I used to use about a half can of sliced jalapenos instead of the diced ones :P

I will have to try the mushrooms, the woman likes mushrooms.

Re: Cooking with Maintankadin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:18 pm
by Viycktor
I spend a good amount of time trying to expand my repertoire in the kitchen and am actually pretty accomplished at this point. The frustrating thing is when the wife won't let you get take-out because it doesn't compare... this has happened with pizza (Italian-style pizza -with dough from scratch- being something I used to make quite a bit).

Some of my specialties include enchiladas (I make the chile sauce from scratch here... often using dried chilies because they keep well, but I'd like to give fresh a go sometime - it's hard getting the right blend I want fresh), spaghetti meat sauce, anything that's based on a bechamel (cheese sauces included... I make an awesome from-scratch macaroni and cheese), and breads (quick-breads are relatively easy to master, it's the leavened type that I've spent most of my time improving).

Breakfast is something I've always done very well, but my very young daughter is allergic to both wheat and eggs (I'm really hoping she outgrows them both) so that's shut down my breakfast factory for the most part. I have managed to make some decent oat pancakes without eggs (my stand-by pancake recipe actually has no flour to begin with, so it was only the egg modification I needed). But I miss egg sandwiches and waffles and crepes and french toast (oh how I miss french toast give me back my CUSTARDS!!). I've only recently been permitted to bring eggs back into the kitchen to make some brownies (they weren't as spectacular as normal, I used too much flour) and I hope to make some cookies soon (dark chocolate mint cookies with white chocolate chips are my plan will have to find a way of hiding them so the little one doesn't discover what I've been doing behind her back).

So, avoiding wheat and eggs has been the theme of late. I've been making skillet-hamburgers, spaghetti sauce, and various roasts lately. Meat and veggies are the theme.