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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby spudmunkey » Sun Nov 28, 2021 3:14 pm

Sunset wrote:Chili looks like fun. Recipe?


https://dearcrissy.com/sweet-potato-chili-casserole/ For the record, this recipe came up in a google search for"'recipe sweet potato ground beef" when trying to come up with ideas to use up when we had on hand, and I know nothing about "Crissy" or any of her other recipes, so I can't vouch for anything else on her site.

The recipe didn't call for the chipotles in adobo or smoked paprika, but I added a tablespoon of each. I also didn't have any cilantro around. And lastly, the cheese I used was a "light Mexican blend" from Trader Joe's and it had sooo little flavor.

I think it's also important to let it cool for a while before serving, otherwise it was very very soupy when I served the first servings. When we each had seconds, it had thickened up a bit, and was less liquid-y.

The recipe says to use a 12" cast iron, but I just used a 12" stainless skillet, and it worked just fine.

I also used 1 cup of thawed frozen corn instead of the bell peppers that the recipe called for (just didn't have a pepper on hand).

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Sunset » Mon Nov 29, 2021 6:53 am

Thx!
I’ll post up when it makes it into the rotation.

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Postby Doctor Doug » Thu Dec 02, 2021 11:38 am

Stuffed peppers and tomates!

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Postby spudmunkey » Thu Dec 02, 2021 1:12 pm

Doctor Doug wrote:Stuffed peppers and tomates!

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Yum. I love stuffed foods like that, but I'm so impatient and end up usually skipping that step. :lol: Even with something like a baked pasta dish like a Baked Ziti, I'm all like, "Well, gee, I've already cooked the pasta and sauce...if I just serve it now, dinner's done. :lol: The only time I end up having things like stuffed peppers is when I pick up some pre-stuffed ones from Trader Joe's or something. :laughhard:

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby spudmunkey » Sat Dec 25, 2021 1:31 am

Wednesday night, I made a mincemeat pie. I've never ever tasted mincemeat pie before, and it seemed like it would appeal to me. The warm spices, the dried fruit...but I think the brandy and citrus peels just made it too bitter. My girlfriend had one forkfull, and that was "enough" for her, so I've been eating the whole thing myself. I've got one piece left, and I'm starting to acquire the taste for it...but only starting...and I likely won't ever make one again.

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Ever since having it for the first time in Hawaii 3 years ago, we've made Loco Moco our Christmas tradition. However. I didnt think the mushrooms would survive until Christmas, so I had to make it last night. Overcooked the eggs, but it was still tasty.

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Tonight, I made bruschetta to use up the last of some leftover pesto, grape tomatoes, and ciabatta rolls. Easily the best bruschetta I've ever had...which is a low bar, honestly...but still satisfying, and never made it before.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Doctor Doug » Thu Jan 06, 2022 9:47 am

Did pulled pork a while back.
I've never been a big fan of it but LOVED this method. Will definitely make it again.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:26 pm

darn, that looks so good.

And, darn, I need to get a dutch oven...

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Doctor Doug » Thu Jan 06, 2022 12:31 pm

spudmunkey wrote:darn, that looks so good.

And, darn, I need to get a dutch oven...


I bought mine last year and couldn't be happier about it. This pot and my cast iron pan are almost all I use now.
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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Casual Madman » Sun Jan 09, 2022 11:57 am

Doctor Doug wrote:Did pulled pork a while back.
I've never been a big fan of it but LOVED this method. Will definitely make it again.


I used to make pulled pork in the crockpot - rough chop an onion, put in the bottom of the pot; apply a good dry rub to the shoulder, into the pot, then pour in some chicken stock-in-a-box to cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (I would put mine on before going to work on Saturday and take off when I got home - usually about 10 hours). Take the shoulder out (carefully - it will fall apart) and let rest until cool enough to handle, an hour or two, then shred. Sieve out the onion and save.

Serve with your favorite accoutrements. I like to top mine with a nice vinegary sauce, some of the onions, and cole slaw.

Note: I not not fixed a pork butt this way since I got a good offset smoker. There is NO comparison. :drool:

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Postby Doctor Doug » Fri Jan 21, 2022 7:35 am

Casual Madman wrote:
Doctor Doug wrote:Did pulled pork a while back.
I've never been a big fan of it but LOVED this method. Will definitely make it again.


I used to make pulled pork in the crockpot - rough chop an onion, put in the bottom of the pot; apply a good dry rub to the shoulder, into the pot, then pour in some chicken stock-in-a-box to cover. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (I would put mine on before going to work on Saturday and take off when I got home - usually about 10 hours). Take the shoulder out (carefully - it will fall apart) and let rest until cool enough to handle, an hour or two, then shred. Sieve out the onion and save.

Serve with your favorite accoutrements. I like to top mine with a nice vinegary sauce, some of the onions, and cole slaw.

Note: I not not fixed a pork butt this way since I got a good offset smoker. There is NO comparison. :drool:


Awesome! I like the dry rub method quite a bit.
I hate pulled pork when it's just a sloppy pile of barbecue sauce.
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Postby spudmunkey » Wed Jan 26, 2022 1:46 am

"Carribean" pot roast with sweet potatoes, carrots and orange. We rarely buy beef (besides ground) because it's so expensive, but the grocery store had chuck roasts for 50% off. But, boy...what a trash piece of meat this was. Like 70% of it was hard fat(the kind that doesn't easily break down even with hours of cooking).

I'm not sure what sort of flavor I was expecting, but it wasn't this.

I had never cooked sweet potato chunks in the slow cooker, and was disappointed in how they turned to mush. The carrots, though, were glorious.

Served it with couscous, but as we were eating it, we realized it would have been better with polenta.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Casual Madman » Sun Jan 30, 2022 7:54 am

spudmunkey wrote:... it would have been better with polenta.


Polenta is just grits with a college education. Or, as I always say, "grits is just white trash polenta."

Make a nice, thick batch of grits - use only 1/2 to 2/3 the normal water - and let them set up in the fridge in a baking pan. Cut the firmed-up grits into whatever shapes you like - squares and triangles are easy, you can also use biscuit- or cookie-cutters - and then heat on the grill until warm, with nice sear marks.

Goood eats.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Feb 03, 2022 6:50 pm

From taco Tuesday. Yes, flour tortillas. I previously made a "slow cooker enchilada casserole", which was a fail, that used both corn and flour tortillas,and these were the last ones left.
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And then, because I had coupons for almost-free chocolate frosting and pudding, I made a simple no-bake dessert I haven't had in, like, 25 years: chocolate eclaire torte. Graham crackers, pudding, Cool Whip, and chocolate frosting. First bite instantly reminded me of family baby shower and birthday/anniversary parties.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Doctor Doug » Fri Feb 04, 2022 7:23 am

This was back in late summer when we had an abundance of tomatoes in the garden.
Simple homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese. Sometimes, simple is the best way.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Casual Madman » Fri Feb 04, 2022 10:50 am

Doctor Doug wrote:Simple homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese.


Grilled cheese in the waffle iron? Good idea!

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Postby Doctor Doug » Fri Feb 04, 2022 10:51 am

Casual Madman wrote:
Doctor Doug wrote:Simple homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese.


Grilled cheese in the waffle iron? Good idea!
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A cast iron grill pan.
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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby spudmunkey » Fri Feb 04, 2022 11:36 am

Hmm...I wonder how well home made tomato soup would work for red dog toast? Red dog toast makes for an excellent grilled cheese sandwich. I've only ever used canned.

Imagine something like french toast because it's still bread and egg, but instead of milk you use tomato soup, instead of cinnamon, you use paprika, salt instead of sugar. Maybe hot sauce instead of vanilla.

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Re: Anybody like to cook?

Postby Casual Madman » Sat Feb 05, 2022 12:51 pm

Doctor Doug wrote:
Casual Madman wrote:Note: I not not fixed a pork butt this way <in the crockpot> since I got a good offset smoker. There is NO comparison. :drool:


Awesome! I like the dry rub method quite a bit.
I hate pulled pork when it's just a sloppy pile of barbecue sauce.


If you ever get the chance to smoke a butt, don't dry-rub your first one. The best "rub" I've found is 2 parts coarse (kosher) salt to 1 part fresh cracked black pepper. Coat your butt generously but not brutally the night before you smoke.

Next morning, seed your smoker fire with charcoal, then top with your favorite smoking woods. For pork, I like half hickory and half applewood. In goes the butt until it hits 205F (usually 8-10 hours), you'll have to tend the smoker all day to keep the temp right - you're aiming for a pretty constant 275F, but a little wobble between 250-300 won't hurt in small doses. Then out and rest it for at least an hour before you shred.

Of course, it's a lot easier if you have one of those self-feeding robot smokers - but then you lose all the art and magic of the process.
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