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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #40 on: March 31, 2011, 06:48:44 AM »
Mmm, all this talk about bacon! 

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I'd be interested in JF's pasta secrets!   ;)  I'm usually not much of a recipe guy, I usually throw my spaghetti sauce together, I know what I like in it and when the taste is right its right!  And I always favor Italian sausage, ground beef just doesn't cut it for me.  Same with my chili, I have to go with actual chili beef, no ground beef.  If you're gonna be a carnivore, why not enjoy it?! 

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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2011, 09:36:06 AM »
My three go-to cooking ideas are Italian, Mexican and Indian (Curry).

I almost always have chicken, beans and rice leftover in the fridge.

For Italian I fool around with fresh tomatoes or canned/jarred. I usually throw in whatever veggies I have hanging around. I serve over noodles or rice.  For Mexican I season it with cumin. garlic, onions, lime, cilantro. For Indian I use curry powder.

Here's what I do.  I have a big cast iron skillet.  I saute some onions, maybe some peppers and then throw in the cooked rice (or noodles for Italian) let that cook together for a few min then I layer over it the meat, beans, other veggies, tomato sauce for Italian or mexican, coconut milk mixed with a spoon fulll of peanut butter for the curry if i have it. I season the layers with the appropriate spices and salt. Then cheese over all if appropriate.  Cover.  It's ready when cheese has melted. One pan for clean up too!
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #42 on: March 31, 2011, 09:46:12 AM »
Mmm...curry!  I love curry!  I like whipping up curry chicken about once a week, just a simple stir-fry and thrown on a plate with rice & veggies!  Mmm!
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #43 on: April 03, 2011, 10:02:51 AM »
Not a bad idea.  I suggest we see how well the thread does and go from there.

So, what did you cook?

For years I had made spaghetti with store-bought sauce and frozen meatballs along with the TV dinners.  Last year I found a chicken and broccoli stir fry recipe online and started making that.

When I bought some survival food supplies online, the place where I got them also sold the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook.  It looked interesting, so I added it to my order.  It has recipes for every kind of food imaginable, yet is also geared to beginners without being condescending.  There are sections describing various types of cookware and kitchen tools, and lists of basic ingredients to always have on hand.  Some of the recipes are pretty complicated, but there are also basics like scrambled eggs and baked potatoes.

I've only used a handful of the recipes in the book, like meatloaf, beef stew, red beans & rice, and pan-braised chicken with tarragon sauce.  (There are also about a dozen other sauces I can use with the pan-braised chicken, but I haven't tried them yet.  Next time I do it, there's one involving mustard and apple cider that looks interesting.  I've made three kinds of rice pilaf, and brussels sprouts with bacon.  Probably my favorite vegetable side dish is succotash.  It uses onion, red pepper, and frozen corn and lima beans.

 When this thread has a home remind me ans we'll fix that store bought sauce issue. Nobody should eat that stuff and I don't care wha the brand it is.I promise I'll  give you a bullet proof pasta sauce recipe  that will never go near that jar stuff again. ::lalanotlistening::
We can 50 jars of spaghetti sauce a year not to mention salsa(hot&mild),whole tomato,pizza sauce,corn,green beans,okra,and assorted meats and fish.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #44 on: April 03, 2011, 10:17:03 AM »
Do you raw-pack that turkey?  What liquid do you put in the jars with it?
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #45 on: April 04, 2011, 06:14:01 PM »

B-b-but... I like it greasy and a little bit limp.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #46 on: April 04, 2011, 06:20:06 PM »
And I, too, am awaiting a good sauce recipe, JF.
My wife does a very good job, but the marinara she makes has been getting stale for me lately. Everything else she makes is great. Beef stew, chicken cacciatore, chicken soup, shrimp, tomato and feta, chicken adobo, marinated pork loin...very well fed here!
Looking forward to getting some recipes here actually. ::whoohoo::
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #47 on: April 04, 2011, 06:34:55 PM »
And I, too, am awaiting a good sauce recipe, JF.
My wife does a very good job, but the marinara she makes has been getting stale for me lately. Everything else she makes is great. Beef stew, chicken cacciatore, chicken soup, shrimp, tomato and feta, chicken adobo, marinated pork loin...very well fed here!
Looking forward to getting some recipes here actually. ::whoohoo::

 Dan the first is already in the cooking thread it's under super secret sauce recipe.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #48 on: April 07, 2011, 10:24:46 AM »
Grilled my first steaks of the season yesterday. They were absolutely wonderful, but the cost of a butcher cut New York Strip is up to $11.89 lb. This damned government is determined to price the American people right out of our lifestyle.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #49 on: April 07, 2011, 11:12:43 AM »
Grilled my first steaks of the season yesterday. They were absolutely wonderful, but the cost of a butcher cut New York Strip is up to $11.89 lb. This damned government is determined to price the American people right out of our lifestyle.

 I've had to pat a lot of attention to meat prices cause I love BEEF. When to price is right I load up for a couple of months and now that I have that vacuum packer I'll buy even more.

  Last time I bought N.Y. strips I paid 4.99 a pound and before that I bout a boneless Rib roast on sale for 4.99 and I bought a couple of them and sliced them into steaks.We are forced to get creative. Last weekend there was a sale on country style pork ribs for .88 cents a pound and I jumped in for 22 pounds and broke them down into stew meat BBQ meat and meat to put in my sauce.


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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #50 on: April 07, 2011, 11:56:26 AM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #51 on: April 07, 2011, 12:33:51 PM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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 When I was first married we used to do that with my sister and my parents. We all lived in one three family and had a huge freezer in the basement. I remember buying a whole side for under a buck a pound and we would buy 800+pound sides all cut and wrapped and labeled and blast frozen and they even gave us all the suet that we put out for the birds in winter.

 We also bought chicken in case lots and the place we bought from was also a smoke house ant the made their own slabs of bacon. AAHH the old days.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #52 on: April 07, 2011, 12:36:34 PM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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 When I was first married we used to do that with my sister and my parents. We all lived in one three family and had a huge freezer in the basement. I remember buying a whole side for under a buck a pound and we would buy 800+pound sides all cut and wrapped and labeled and blast frozen and they even gave us all the suet that we put out for the birds in winter.

 We also bought chicken in case lots and the place we bought from was also a smoke house ant the made their own slabs of bacon. AAHH the old days.

My clan uses a guy in Western Wisconsin.  Mmm, gooooood cuts!

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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #53 on: April 07, 2011, 01:05:30 PM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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 When I was first married we used to do that with my sister and my parents. We all lived in one three family and had a huge freezer in the basement. I remember buying a whole side for under a buck a pound and we would buy 800+pound sides all cut and wrapped and labeled and blast frozen and they even gave us all the suet that we put out for the birds in winter.

 We also bought chicken in case lots and the place we bought from was also a smoke house ant the made their own slabs of bacon. AAHH the old days.

My clan uses a guy in Western Wisconsin.  Mmm, gooooood cuts!

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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #54 on: April 08, 2011, 06:30:57 AM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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 When I was first married we used to do that with my sister and my parents. We all lived in one three family and had a huge freezer in the basement. I remember buying a whole side for under a buck a pound and we would buy 800+pound sides all cut and wrapped and labeled and blast frozen and they even gave us all the suet that we put out for the birds in winter.

 We also bought chicken in case lots and the place we bought from was also a smoke house ant the made their own slabs of bacon. AAHH the old days.

My clan uses a guy in Western Wisconsin.  Mmm, gooooood cuts!

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Yup.  Recently had juicy T-bone you could cut with a butter knife.  Have a chuck roast to dive into next! 

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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #55 on: April 08, 2011, 09:23:03 AM »
Gotta go in with people on getting whole, half or quarter steer!

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 When I was first married we used to do that with my sister and my parents. We all lived in one three family and had a huge freezer in the basement. I remember buying a whole side for under a buck a pound and we would buy 800+pound sides all cut and wrapped and labeled and blast frozen and they even gave us all the suet that we put out for the birds in winter.

 We also bought chicken in case lots and the place we bought from was also a smoke house ant the made their own slabs of bacon. AAHH the old days.

My clan uses a guy in Western Wisconsin.  Mmm, gooooood cuts!

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Yup.  Recently had juicy T-bone you could cut with a butter knife.  Have a chuck roast to dive into next! 

 ::whoohoo::

 Pot roast YUMMMMMMM!
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #56 on: April 08, 2011, 05:29:14 PM »
Yep; crock-pot for that.  Comes out the best.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #57 on: April 08, 2011, 09:34:03 PM »
Do you raw-pack that turkey?  What liquid do you put in the jars with it?
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #58 on: April 13, 2011, 01:37:12 PM »
Oh, and I've also learned that cooking bacon in the oven is wayyy better than cooking it in a frying pan.

Take a baking sheet, crumple up a sheet of aluminum foil, straighten it out and put the bacon on that.  The bacon sits on the high ridges and most of the grease drains into the low spots.  Also, turn up the edges of the foil to contain the grease and minimize cleanup.  The bacon comes out dry and crisp.

Set the oven at 300º, put the bacon in for 10 minutes, then turn it up to 400º.  For regular bacon, cook it for another 5-6 minutes; for thick-sliced bacon, 7-8 minutes.  Take it out and put it on a paper towel covered plate.  You don't even have to turn the bacon over while cooking.
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Re: Food and or cooking thread
« Reply #59 on: April 13, 2011, 02:43:40 PM »
OK I just got done and I did the first batch according to instructions and it wasn't looking like it was cooked all the way,I think it's a difference in ovens. So the next batch I did at 350 convection and it worked like a dream. All I did(mostly cause I'm anal) I turned the bacon every 5 minutes and only had it inthere for 15 minutes.

  The crumpled foil worked great and the whole idea works great,little clean up and no mess on the damned counters from splashing grease.

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