Wow you guys, we haven't had a cooking thread yet. (Or if we have, it's died) There has to be people here who either cook or want to cook. So have at it.
Anything related to food can be put here. If anyone wants to ask for cooking advice or questions, they are welcome here too. I could probably answer a good bunch of questions. I'm only here on the weekends though, so keep that in mind.
Basic Knife Cut terms:
Slice- Vertical cuts. Leaves product in long shape. Cuts include julienne, batonette, and paysanne, which is essentially slicing veg without squaring it off. This wastes far less and is usually what you'd typically do when a recipe calls for a slice.
Dice- Squared off from a slice. Little squares. Not rocket science.
Chop- Like a dice except it's irregular and inconsistent. Basically cut down the thing to size.
Mince- Like a smaller chop. Get it as small as possible so it's almost like a paste
Tourne- Cutting the thing like a football. Super fancy, but no one but steakhouses use it anymore because it wastes so much of the product. Don't worry about this one because you need a special knife for it anyways.
Chiffonade- Cutting herbs like a ribbon. Take a bunch of leaves, line them up, roll them up like a cigarrette, then cut them as thin as possible, making pretty ribbon slices. This keeps the herbs from bruising and losing flavor.
There's a certain joy in making your own staple products yourself and can USUALLY save money, so here's some recipes off the top of my head that most people can usually do. I'm too lazy to convert them to metric, so just deal with my American-ness.
3 pounds of fuji or gala apples, 1-inch dice or so
1/2 cup water, or more if evaporates too fast
1/2 cup sugar, unless you don't want sugar. That's cool too.
Put all the ingredients in a pot. Bring to a simmer on medium heat for, like 2 hours until the apples break apart. Remember to stir because you don't want it to burn and that's just sad. If it starts to, however, add a bit more water. If it's too far gone, DON'T SCRAPE THE BOTTOM. Transfer it to another pot and continue cooking.
This stuff is good with cubed bread sauteed with a bit of butter and sugar. It's the best apple dessert ever. Seriously. Put whipped cream on that and call it good.
SPEAKING OF WHICH
Heavy Cream, however much you want. Keep in mind it will expand.
Whip it with a mixer on high, or with your hands if you're feeling up for a challenge, until it gets stiff. Done. You can flavor it in many different ways. Add sugar or cocoa powder before you mix, fold preserves or custards in afterwards. Remember not to whip it too hard otherwise you will get...
Basically keep going. The whipping will eventually separate the whey from the solids. Use a cheese cloth to catch the solids and smoosh it together to make a solid mass. You can add chopped herbs or whatever else you want into the finished thing. Pretty nifty.
1 medium onion, diced preferably sweet if it's in season
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of Red Chili Flakes
2 cans of crushed tomatoes
1 can of diced tomatoes
Bunch of Basil, chiffonade
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
sugar if necessary
Get a sauce pot and coat the bottom with oil. You can use, like, canola oil with a bit of extra virgin. Too much extra virgin will burn when it gets remotely hot. When you move the pot around and see ripples, add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion gets transparent, then add the oregano and chili. Cook until it gets nice and aromatic. Add the tomatoes here and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the raw tomato taste comes out. Add the rest along with salt and pepper to taste.
That's all I can really think of right now. If you guys want me to post more, I can. It'd make me feel special.
Oh yeah, and the minimum internal cooking temperature for human is 145 degrees. Don't wanna eat anything under-cooked. Could get sick.