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ZOMG how I love to cook!

I just pulled a chicken (organic, free range - yo!) out of the oven. It's my second one prepared in the French Chicken in a Pot style - a recipe I found in the last Cook's Illustrated (mah Food Pronz, let me show you themz.) The chicken is still resting (you have to let it sit for like 20 minutes after it comes out) but the jus smelled AMAZING and I had a nibble of the cooking veggies which were heartbreakingly delicious!


I never used to be into cooking. Growing up in the midwest I always felt it was too much of a stereotypical thing (that the girls should cook, while the mens watched tv) so I wasn't interested in buying into that. Since moving out here to Cali, where anyone really CAN be anything they want (and where there are some really amazing restaurants) I have had a change of heart. It doesn't hurt that I am no longer living high on the .com hog, so if I want awesome dinners I pretty much have to cook thems myself. So I've discovered Cook's Illustrated and teh CIA - and I am now officially a Jr Foodie.  (Especially after that Grilled Cheese Thingy...)

I'm looking to expand my repertoire of recipes that I can just make without having to think about it too much (especially vegetarian, as Jovino does not share my taste for meat - what can I say, he's a bunny and I'm a kitteh!)  Any ideas, suggestions or links most welcome!  What's *your* favorite cookbook?

The best part: I can FEAST on a budget! Aww yeah.  Er, that is: NOM NOM NOM!!!

Edit: Oh sweet Jebus, this thing is RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!  It's DONKERZ!!!
The tweaking of the spice ratios I did came out really well.  It still needs just a *touch* more salt - but better to err on the side of needing more than too salty.  The garlic, celery, onion etc - PERFECT!  (Uh, if I do say so myself... LOL)

k, gotta go eat - NAO!!

I'm feeling: cheerful yumm-licious

13 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
porsupah From: porsupah Date: February 2nd, 2008 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)
The creative freedom to enjoy good, fresh food precisely to one's whims is at least something I - and anybody - can afford. ^_^ (Thankfully, ours wasn't a family where meals followed any kind of strict schedule, specific dishes on different days of the week..)

I sort of cheated tonight, though, and used a pre-prepared vegetable mix - basically just some fresh egg noodles, said mix, and a few thickly sliced mushrooms, seasoned with soy sauce, pepper, lemon juice, tomato chutney, and maybe a few other bits and pieces, served with some breaded chicken strips (almost chicken portions :-9) that had been sitting under the grill.

Tasty eating needn't be a lot of effort, but it's fun if it can be - the greater the reward. ^_^

djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 2nd, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I am a latecomer to the kitchen but find it sooo rewarding now.

We missed you at FC!
silverseabear From: silverseabear Date: February 2nd, 2008 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a tasty boid you made. I propose that we cook and eat a dead thing for our birthday!

If yer mayun is a vegan...there's a classic that you can probablt still find floating around called Spoonfight. There are good munchy recipes in there, if I remember right it's kinda heavy on sweets, but that's also where I learned to make my own satan seitan. So, there's that, and there's another good one by a couple of canadian girlies called How it all Vegan. I;ve used this one and tweaked it...by adding meat. Anyway, it's another good one.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 2nd, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)


Thanks for the tips! And if you are in town for our bday, hells yes lets eat som nummers... how do you feel about OYSTERS?!
fairyarmadillo From: fairyarmadillo Date: February 2nd, 2008 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmm fud!
My favorite veggie cookbook right now is Deborah Maddison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
Will's a supporter of Fannie Farmer but I feel like that book is better for basics, no real WOW recipes in it. I also like Moosewood.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 2nd, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOVE Deborah Madison! I learned to cook with that one... also how to select recipes so as to avoid spending all day chopping celery root - it's delicious but OMG PITA to chop up.

Nice icon BTW!
graham14 From: graham14 Date: February 2nd, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I really liked Les Halles Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain, but he is NOT veggie friendly.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 2nd, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dude, srsly. That guy doesn't even seem to like veggies at ALL! %-)

I'll definitely take a peek at it next time I am in a bookstore. I always enjoy checking out a new cookbook - thanks for the tip.

nicodemusrat From: nicodemusrat Date: February 2nd, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, well done. It's hard to beat a nice roast chicken!

I got seriously into cooking for the same reasons, really. It's not that I'm a finnicky eater, per se, but I really appreciate good food. Since I can't afford to eat at nice restaurants every night, I learned how to cook. It's certainly a directly rewarding skill. :)

If you want some good books on general cooking technique, Alton Brown's books are good primers.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: February 2nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Loved your Ratatouille suit, BTW!
robotter From: robotter Date: February 3rd, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

I would posit...

I never used to be into cooking. Growing up in the midwest I always felt it was too much of a stereotypical thing (that the girls should cook, while the mens watched tv) so I wasn't interested in buying into that.

I see your interest in cooking being more about growing up and taking responsibility for yourself and your health than falling into a stereotypical gender role. When you cook, you can control what you eat and avoid more of the crap. And it's wonderful to make people (especially S.O.'s) happy with food.

Or maybe I'm just projecting my own reasons for cooking onto you. ;)

FWIW, I have 3-4 Rachel Ray cookbooks, and find her dishes simple to make, fairly healthy, and tasty. I often take shit from my friends who dislike her, but since I've only seen her once on TV and try not to buy into that "I don't like X because X is popular" posturing, I will keep cooking. I rarely hear people telling me they hate what I've made them!
bearfairie From: bearfairie Date: February 3rd, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay yummy food! Cooking and kitchen crafts are totally a huge hobby of mine - goes nicely with the nutrition profession ;). I have alotta food allergies as does my honey so our recipes tend to be... a little different. But cookbooks I like are:

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. She's insane, and not all of her info is terribly accurate, but her recipes are fascinating, yummy, and extraordinarily fun and healthy. She has great recipes on how to make homemade condiments, like mustard, mayo, and saurkraut.

The Farm Cookbook - this is the original vegan cooking primer. Also great for the how-to on things like homemade tofu and that sort of thing.

I'm also a big fan of recipezaar.com - huge database of recipes with pretty good search functions, and many of the recipes include nutrition info.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 10th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC) (Link)

I made that same recipe

Oh, it was so yummy. chicken in a pot, yeah!
13 smooches or Gimme Some Love!