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I need a little cooking help please.

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Dirk Legume, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    I didn't want to jack either Thanksgiving thread so I'll start a new one.

    With the house empty of children now, I have been having some real trouble with "empty nest". I am just not handling it very well, so I thought i would take up a new hobby. I have been watching some stuff on the Food Network and doing a little reading but all the stuff that looks so delicious also looks so hard to cook.

    Can anyone suggest either a good starter book or website? I know there are some chefs on this board. Everytime Three Bags talks about what he's been cooking I always come away impressed. And who could forget 21 and her poopies inducing macaroni and cheese ;D And Rosie and her barbecued turkey. There are things I think I would like to eat and share with others, but not if I suck at it.

    The point is that I basically just wander around the house after work and I have decided enough is enough.

    I'm gonna learn to cook. Maybe. With a little help please.

    Thanks all.
  2. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member


    I bought that book earlier this year. Some really good stuff in there for those of us who can barely boil water. It could be a good start.
  3. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Oh IJAG. I bet you can mess up at least 297 of those recipes. :D
  4. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I subscribe to Eating Well. It's healthier fare, but gives really great step-by-step instructions and tells you tricks to making really difficult stuff.

    You can also probably find cooking lessons. I know an appliance store that offers them here. I've taken a couple and learned oodles.
  5. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member


    That looks to be right up my alley. Thanks very much.

    And BYH, if not IJAG, I am sure I can mess up a few.

    I tried to make something that involved boiling potatoes recently and no one mentioned that the water goes away and then you are just ruining a pan.

    So yeah, I got that going for me
  6. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    I've only screwed up 82 so far. Next up: Hard-boiling an egg!
  7. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Dirk, the tried and trusted red-and-white checkerboard Betty Crocker cookbook is a good way to start.
  8. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member


    I learned how to make a great apricot chicken from that. All you need: russian dressing, dry onion soup mix and apricot jam, plus chicken breasts. That's it!

    Soooo good.
  9. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Ok, if that's where you're at now, may I suggest the "A man, A Can, A (plan, grill, etc)" series. I bought some for my brother when he started college. He's a damned good cook now.
  10. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member


    Just follow the directions on the back, and you'll feel like a champ in no time.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    When in doubt, bake chicken breasts at 400 degrees for 25 minutes in the oven and turn once; Season or marinade how you want (try putting in a ziploc bag of apple cider overnight)

    But the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook is always a staple. You wont use 95 percent of the recipes; you'll goose the five percent you do use but use them all the time;
  12. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    I got the Betty Crocker book years ago from my mom when I moved out. Never cracked 'cause I figured I couldn't cook so why try (yes I have been that pathetic at times). Then I got married and my funny little honey likes to cook and is very good at it. But you guys, as always have been very helpful.

    This is a great group. As long as I don't want to go to Denver. ;D
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