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Old 01-27-2009, 09:58 PM   #1
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The Home Cooking Thread

Who likes to cook?

For me it's a hobby right behind Cars and hiking. Next to speedvision, the food network is one of the most watched channels in the house.

Here's a thread for all those that like to cook. Put your creations/recipes in here.

I'll start. I like french onion soup, and I like onions, so naturally I thought I'd mix a whole bunch of different types of onions together and see how it tasted. Turns out, it tastes pretty damn good.

Onion Lover's French Onion Soup:

Ingredients:

2 Yellow onions
1 Torpedo onion
1 Red Onion
1 Cippolini Onion
2 Shallots
3 Cloves garlic

1/4 to 1/3 cup butter
2-3 Bay leaves
Salt & Pepper
Beef Stock
Chicken Stock
White Wine - (Riesling)
Dark Beer - (Hermannator Bock)
French Bread, a little bit stale.
Gruyere Cheese
Thyme



Step 1: Peel and cut onions &. I like a mix of large and small chunks. The small chunks dissolve, giving you lots of flavour. The large chunks give you some texture.



Step 2: Melt butter in pot, do not get temperature too high though. On my oven, it's a setting of about 4-5.



Step 3:

Add Onions, and turn down heat (About 2-3 on my stove). You want to carmelize the onions NOT fry them. It takes a good hour and a half to get to a nice golden brown. Don't worry about bits stuck to the bottom. Add bay leaves.





Step 4:

When nice and carmelized, add a good splash of wine. You will notice the bits stuck to the bottom will come loose, the wine is deglazing the pan. Add some more wine, and beer, and beef stock, and chicken stock. The more you add, the thinner the soup will be. Add salt & pepper & thyme and any other seasonings you like to taste. Cook for a half an hour longer.





Step 5:

Cut up some bread.



Step 6:

Pour into oven-safe bowls, float bread on top of soup, grate cheese on top. Broil in oven.







Step 7:

Enjoy!

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wow nice write up. looks good!
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That looks really good must try it sometime.

Chili recipe.

1 yellow onion
2 peppers (I like green)
5 pieces of celery
2 Cans Heinz Deep Brown beans with Pork & tomato sauce
1 Can Heinz kidney beans drained
1 Can Tomato soup
1 Can stewed tomatoes (chili style) [I'm not sure on size as far as oz. but the size of the can is larger then the beans or soup]
3 Tbsp Chili powder
1 tbsp Sugar
1/8 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2 -1 tsp cayenne pepper (start with 1/2 and go from there to taste)
Salt & pepper to taste
500grams or so of lean ground beef

Start by cooking the beef, I use an electric fry pan but whatever works but don't forget to drain the grease. Well that's cooking chop up the vegetables into small pieces I'd almost say diced. Open all the canned stuff and dump it into pot. Add all the other ingredients stirring them in but save the beef for last.

Put on the stove on a low/med heat covered but stir fairly regularly. You want to bring it to a simmer the longer the better. After an hour or so give it a taste you should be able to tell if it needs more chili powder or if you want it a bit hotter with the cayenne pepper, more salt or what not.

When you add all the ingredients it might seem really thick which is what you want. As it cooks and the water comes out of the onions, celery and alike it will become thinner. The longer it simmers the better, I try and do it for hours when possible.

I blend the stewed tomatoes in the blender before adding because I don't like tomato chunks but whatever you like. My friends love this recipe, this is enough for 4-5 people. I serve with fresh cut bread and grated cheddar cheese for on top. This is all off the top of my head if I forgot anything I'm sure it will come to me tomorrow when I read this again.

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awesome post with the step by step and pictures
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Great68,

All this time, I thought you were just some domestic carbeurator jock. Little did I know, aside from what 68style tells me about you and your Mustang, you can actually cook.

Awesome reciple!
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All this time, I thought you were just some domestic carbeurator jock. Little did I know, aside from what 68style tells me about you and your Mustang, you can actually cook.

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Love the Onion soup. Will try it out soon

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both the onion soup n chilli sounds really good ....time to give it a try =)
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I'm gonna have to try Quasi's chili. It sounds like the perfect recipe for the slow cooker.
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If anyones looking for a quick and easy mussel recipe

Mussels ( wash'em before tossing them in )
Pancetta ( chopped up )
Butter ( just a small amount, dont have to add it if you dont want to )
Shallet ( minced )
Parsley ( minced )
Garlic ( minced )
Heavy cream
White Wine

1) heat pan with butter
2) toss in Pancetta
3) toss in mussels, garlic, shallets, parsley, white wine enough to cover half of mussels, put a lid on it, mussels are done when they open( if mussels arent open or only open a bit, toss them away they were died before going into the pan )
4) pour in a bit of heavy cream, mix a bit
5) serve with some toasted bread
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Good recipe. Any particular white wine to use in particular?
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That French Onion soup looks great. I will have to give it a try soon. Like yourself, I love love love to cook and watch the Food Network religiously.

Here is an authentic Butter Chicken recipe that unlike some, has a nice spicy, but not too strong taste to it. The great thing about this, is that it is a one pot meal and actually pretty simple to make once you have all the ingredients!

Butter Chicken

4-6 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 can crushed tomoatoes
whipping cream (500ml)
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp chili powder (add more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
1/2 green chili (optional depending on how spicy you want it)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
chopped fresh coriander
1/2 tsp kashmiri powder (optional)

Finely chop onion, ginger and garlic. Add butter in a pot and melt.
Add onion, ginger and garlic and cook down until slightly browned.
Add spices and salt but not the sugar and cook for a couple minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and mix well. Add sugar and then slowly pour in the whipping cream until sauce is to the consistency you like. Mix well and cook for a few minutes.

Add chicken and cook on med-low heat mixing occasionally until chicken is
cooked through and soft, approx 20 minutes. Take off the heat and sprinkle
with fresh coriander. Serve with Naan or Rice. Enjoy!!
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comfort food for me is ox tail soup, basically its just veggie soup + ox tails

put ox tails on roasting pan, stick in oven to roast to bring out flavor from bones.

cut up ur veggies, whatever u want, root veggies, potatoes, carrots, parsnip, celery, onion, green peppers, tomatos, basically whatever u feel like!

heat up oil, add onions, add garlic, add everything in, add the ox tails, dash of white wine cuz its there and if i drink a glass or 2, that means i still got 1/2 a bottle left, and i dont feel like putting it in the fridge.

add stock or just water, whatever u got, let stew/simmer, and add salt + pepper to taste. there u go, got some good soup for a few days, depends how much u make... and how many ppl to eat it =D
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Salmon en papillote. Seems really fancy doesn't it? It's French, of course it's fancy! ..no i'm joking.
It literally means "cooked in paper". Don't be scared though, it's relatively easy.

Soooo here's tonights dinner that I cooked for my mom and I. I didn't follow a recipe or anything, I just took the general idea and added what I felt would taste good. Ended up pretty good!

Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets, boned
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 lemon
  • ginger
  • salt / pepper / dried dill
  • broccoli (or other veggies)
  • parchment paper
1. Slice the onion lengthwise, but not too small. Heat up a pan, add the butter and onions. Reduce to medium heat and leave it.


2. Season the salmon fillets with salt/pepper/dill. You can use other seasonings, but this is pretty basic and common. Preheat oven to 400F.


3. Stir your onions, after about 10-15 minutes they should look like this. You can continue to cook them till they are a nice golden brown and transparent. I'm a little impatient and I decided I'd let them cook longer in the package anyways.


4. Slice the lemon and ginger. Put on top of your salmon and place on one half of the parchment paper. Top with the onions.


5. Fold in half, and fold up the edges first, then the longest side. Make sure to fold at least twice so the package wont leak. Pop into the oven for about 10-15 minutes. I made a mistake here, I had it in for 20+ minutes, so it was dry.


6. For some reason, there was no rice at home. So I found this in the cupboard.



7. Drop the broccoli into boiling water. Veggies are good for you!


8. Packages should look like this. Remove from oven and unwrap. See this is where you can see my mistake of having it in the oven too long, the paper is really brown and starting to blacken.

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9. My risotto is done. Instructions were simmer for 18 minutes, uncover for 3. Fluff and serve.


10. Plate and serve.



My mom's plate. She added a man tou, haha.


Total cook time: <1 hour.
Things to remember next time: check the time for fish or else it'll get dry.


Oh and then I also roasted some chestnuts after I baked the salmon.
Just make sure you cut an X across each chestnut, this lets the steam escape.
Bake at 400F for about 20~min, depending on the size.


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Thanks K-dub, can't wait to try. I would thank you..except I can't? Lol no idea what happened.
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Good recipe. Any particular white wine to use in particular?
Not really, other then using dry.. when your at the liq-store ask a clerk for a recommendation. I use a cheap dry seafood white wine ( has a penguin on it ) lol..i dont remember that name but its under around $15 for the bottle i think...
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i want to try making Beef Wellington

anyone know where i can get Puff Pastry? or how to make puff pastry?
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^ better off buying it. takes 1 day to make it....and a cold marble table.
safeway carries it. believe it's called tenderflake? comes in a pack of 2 for like $3 or something...which is nothing compared to the time n effort it takes to make it from scratch
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^ cool thanks a lot man

yeah i hate the thought of making it so much work to do
and hate to clean it up after haha

where and what cut of beef would u recommend?
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i want to try making Beef Wellington

anyone know where i can get Puff Pastry? or how to make puff pastry?
When you say Beef Wellington, I think of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHQNV_5wozg

http://www.foodtvblog.com/2007/05/25...ef-wellington/

heh. I made it last year..it was quite yummy.
and yea, buy puff pastry instead of making it. save you time.
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Any idea of a substitution someone could use for mushrooms in a beef wellington? I'd like to try making it but I despise mushrooms.
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When you say Beef Wellington, I think of this.
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http://www.foodtvblog.com/2007/05/25...ef-wellington/

heh. I made it last year..it was quite yummy.
and yea, buy puff pastry instead of making it. save you time.
haha yeah i think of ramsay too when someone says wellington
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did u follow ramsays recipe?
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