June 10, 2004

Dinner #2

POST #    1095

Last night, I made dinner again! Shocking, I know. While the ideas were not entirely my own, the execution (good and bad) was all me. I made some bruschetta, linguine with clam sauce, and a chicken and broccoli stir fry. The bruschetta and linguine were both excellent and pretty easy. But the chicken/broccoli wasn't the best I've had. It's not a difficult dish to make, but it was lacking some flavor to make it taste good. It wasn't bad, it just didn't taste right.

What I've really got to do is get out of this whole pasta cooking thing. It's so easy that I feel that, while I may be making tasty food, I'm not really progressing much as any sort of cook. With the items I made, at one point were three burners were going at once along with the toaster oven. I'm not sure how people do the four burner and oven thing, but I'm game to try it. I figure the next thing I should try to cook is something involving the oven. But first, I need some sort of meat thermometer.

While I'm sure many of you are thinking, "psh, that was really easy," you have to keep in mind how little experience I have in the kitchen. There are times, not so long ago, where I would just have a bowl of cereal for dinner or snack instead of cooking. I'm not saying that I'm giving up the lazy dinner lifestyle entirely, but cooking once in a while can be nice. Baby steps, baby steps.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 9:05 AM




www.epicurious.com has thousands of recipes (culled mostly from Gourmet and Bon Appetit), and you can do ingredient searches. I'd start looking there if you don't want to start shelling out money for books (says the girl with over 100 cookbooks, and about 300 cooking magazines).

Posted by: rappy at June 10, 2004 9:52 AM

thanks rappy. i was checking out the food networ's stuff and a lot of it looked good, but when i looked at the "easy" stuff, it didn't actually look that easy.

that said, i want to get maybe one cookbook.

Posted by: tien at June 10, 2004 10:01 AM

i hear that "joy of cooking" is a good book for recipes and general food questions.

i know what you mean about taking baby steps. there are times when i still have microwave popcorn for dinner.

Posted by: el at June 10, 2004 10:02 AM

Looks tasty to me! Good luck on your cooking quest. I'll have to check out that epicurious site. Lord knows I need help.

Posted by: matt at June 10, 2004 10:48 AM

I wasn't much of a cook but I have learned and gotten a lot better after watching my boyfriend cook and frequently visiting the site, http://www.allrecipes.com. I like to read the reviews of the recipes as well. There you can read what people liked, hated, and altered about the recipe to make it their own. It's very helpful and useful. Good luck... practice does make perfect.

Posted by: Heather at June 10, 2004 12:24 PM

first: wasn't your first dinner like 3 weeks ago? what have you been eating in the meantime? [okay, i remember the hot dog shot from shea... but you've either been livin' large eatin' out or starving...]

second: what kind of drinks did you make? they look like mint juleps or mojitos... pass your recipe along!

Posted by: janelle at June 10, 2004 1:45 PM

thanks for the tips everyone. i wonder, are the makers of "joy of cooking" also the people behind "joy of sex"? do they just own all the "joy" brands?

and janelle...shush!! there were meals between then including one instant noodle meal and a cereal meal. i can't for the the life of me, remember what else i was eating though. i know sea was in there as was dinner with at my cousin's. but that's all i remember. and yes, they were mojitos. um, i think the recipe was seltzer, sugar, mint, limes, lime juice, rum, and ice. i figure those, along with the bruschetta, will both be at my eventual housewarming party.

Posted by: tien at June 10, 2004 2:14 PM

i think the key to the easy recipes on the food network is that they may take a lot of ingredients, but aren't necessarily hard to make. of course, my eyes have a tendancy to glaze over when confronted with multiple ingredients since my kitchen is so small, but i've learned over the years.

and the joy of cooking is great for basics (and hard stuff too), and no, its not from the joy of sex people.

Posted by: dahl at June 10, 2004 2:33 PM

is that a mojito as well?

Posted by: christine at June 10, 2004 4:18 PM

dahl, i'll take that into account next time.

yes christine, mojito.

Posted by: tien at June 10, 2004 8:08 PM

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