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    Wedekit,

    I'm real big on instinctive cooking. I'm also the same way at the gym, I show up with a pre-conceived plan of what muscles to work and that's it, I don't have a routine all planned out, I show up and see what equipment is available and go from there. The same applies in a kitchen. At any given time, you will have different ingredients to work with. So, it's all about nutrition, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and of course being tasty.

    My generic tips:

    (1) Keep as much good "raw materials" around as possible. Shop from the perimeter of the supermarket: (A) Fresh lean meats, (B) Fresh Organic Dairy/Eggs/Cheese, (C) Fresh Fruits and Veggies, (D) Fresh whole grain breads

    (2) Use smart balance, or olive oil, not butter or margaine.

    (3) A complete meal consists of at minimum 1 serving of protein (meat, tofu, egg, cheese, whatever), 1 serving of carbohydrate (bread, pasta, rice, potato), and 1 serving of vegetable or fruit. If you pick 1 of each category that intuitvely will taste good together, you are on the right track.

    (4) I am pretty brutal when it comes to demanding the most amoutn of benefit from the least amount of effort. My favorite base of ingredients in the world to add to anything is: 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1 vidalia onion, 1 package of portabella mushrooms, 3-4 minced cloves of fresh garlic, dash of salt and pepper, cook it all up in olive oil.

    You can add the above to chicken, steak, pork tenderloins, salmon, whatever, THEN pick out pasta, bread, or rice, and VOILA! You are done. The meal is tasty, nutritious, and you look like a genius. Serve with wine if you want to get laid.

    Happy cooking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Wedekit,

    I'm real big on instinctive cooking. I'm also the same way at the gym, I show up with a pre-conceived plan of what muscles to work and that's it, I don't have a routine all planned out, I show up and see what equipment is available and go from there. The same applies in a kitchen. At any given time, you will have different ingredients to work with. So, it's all about nutrition, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and of course being tasty.


    Happy cooking!

    -Halla
    Same here. I take whatever is close by, throw it into a pan after judging by smell and taste if it goes well together with whatever meat I may have.



    Just add a cup or two of rice 10-20 minutes before it's time to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    Same here. I take whatever is close by, throw it into a pan after judging by smell and taste if it goes well together with whatever meat I may have.
    Amen. Smell and taste are majorly important feedback tools.

    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post


    Just add a cup or two of rice 10-20 minutes before it's time to eat.
    Send me the Chicken Eclectic Nooooooooow!!!!!!!
    That looks damn good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Amen. Smell and taste are majorly important feedback tools.



    Send me the Chicken Eclectic Nooooooooow!!!!!!!
    That looks damn good!
    Hehehe...Just threw a bell pepper, a lonely garlic clove, a couple of tomatoes, a tomatillo, an onion, some fresh Basil, Salt, Pepper, a dash of olive oil, and a bit of Thyme in some chicken broth with the chicken boobs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Good sites. But she forgot Recipezaar

    Not that I follow recipes religiously, not even close. If someone catches me following a recipe exactly, I am probably ill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    I like Wicked. Here's a couple I like, step by step pics make it good for beginners too.

    Pioneer Woman

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    I like to rock n' roll all night and *part* of every day. I usually have errands... I can only rock from like 1-3.

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    Seconding Pioneer Woman, yes indeed.

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    Really, everyone is spot on. Following a recipe is such a simple way.. I'd suggest, first of all, going with methods you're comfortable with. (aka, if you're best at baking, pick a recipe that involves popping things in the oven. Or pan-frying, or boiling, etc.) And use ingredients you know.

    After that, you can step it up to trying something new. Or making your own sauce from a different recipe to use in that recipe. Make a foundation of confidence using recipes that sound like you can easily accomplish them, and then work your way trial and error style from there.
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    I had to "cook" with my best friend, some pasta a few weeks back (I hate getting cajoled into such bullshit). I just want to eat, goddamnit!

    I was responsible for grating cheese. I now have a dried-up yellowish scab with a hole, it seems, in the middle, on my right hand, where I grated the skin off my hand.

    NO! I do not want to learn to cook.

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