• Cooking: When you follow a recipe correctly, and the food tastes 'blah', what is a good remedy?

    Best answer: Nope. There are waaaaaaaaayyyy too many recipes and different kinds of cooking to have a one fits all magic bullet. I once had a ...rather thick... book called “Let’s Cook It Right” that talked about what to be particularly careful of with various recipes and then also how to “fix” particular types of fails with... show more
    Best answer: Nope. There are waaaaaaaaayyyy too many recipes and different kinds of cooking to have a one fits all magic bullet.

    I once had a ...rather thick... book called “Let’s Cook It Right” that talked about what to be particularly careful of with various recipes and then also how to “fix” particular types of fails with that type of recipe ... but I only ever read through it, never actually used it and eventually gave it away.

    Your best way to make sure that recipes you follow come out as tasty as you expect is to use recipes from known sources that have been tested. Some chefs whose recipes will ALWAYS work right are Julia Childs, Ina Garten, Caprial Pence (ok, her black and white chocolate chip cookie recipe has something wrong with it - but it’s probably a typo). James Peterson. There are lots more but those are MY go tos.

    I also find a wealth of recipes on the internet. When I am pulling recipes off the internet I look at the comments and the stars. If a bunch of people have tried it and report good results, then it’s been tested enough for me.

    Some recipes are not tested. I won’t just try any old recipe, it’s a waste of time and ingredients and my energy. Sometimes if I want to make something specific, like say a Chili Colorado, I may look at a bunch of different recipes then cobble together my own. When I do this I always write down everything I do, make notes later on the results and in my notes suggestions on how to make it better. Then the next time I make that dish I follow my original notes plus the suggestions. Then that sheet get stapled over the last one...so I literally have a stack of stapled papers that detail the history of the development of a recipe and how I tested it. That’s how I developed my own recipes for both red and green enchilada sauces, beef stew with cinnamon and parsnips, my super secret cookie recipe...many more.

    That being said, I’m a good, experienced cook and for many things don’t use a recipe at all because I have enough cooking savy and experience to “wing it”.

    In baking tho, ALWAYS follow the recipe EXACTLY if you want the results the recipe promises. I will always try a baking recipe once before making any modifications so I can be sure I know the base I am riffing on.
    30 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago
  • What is this yellow stuff on the pie?

    What is this yellow stuff on the pie?

    Best answer: Looks like custard to me. The Brits LOVE their custard with everything.

    And yes, over there it can be thick and creamy or runny and thin. They pour it over a lot of desserts.
    Best answer: Looks like custard to me. The Brits LOVE their custard with everything.

    And yes, over there it can be thick and creamy or runny and thin. They pour it over a lot of desserts.
    28 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago
  • What would you guys pay per pound for a NON-GMO Farm Raised Chicken?

    Best answer: I rise my own so nothing. You need to find out what people are paying for farm raised chicken in your area and go from there. And I fully agree, modern meat breeds have been bred to become LARGE and fast. so fast they will eat themselves to death and they grow so fast their bodies can't handle it. Their... show more
    Best answer: I rise my own so nothing.

    You need to find out what people are paying for farm raised chicken in your area and go from there.

    And I fully agree, modern meat breeds have been bred to become LARGE and fast. so fast they will eat themselves to death and they grow so fast their bodies can't handle it. Their bones break and their organs shut down, its very cruel to let them live for too long.

    Its easy to sleep at night since you rise and butcher your own animals so you know how well treated they are, you know they are not feed antibiotics at all times due to over crowded conditions, you know they are not packed into small cages and handled so roughly thier bones are broken.
    20 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 2 weeks ago
  • Am I an idiot?

    Best answer: Not at all. You’ve hopefully learned to frequently check what you’re preparing, regardless of what the instructions (oven temp, bake time, heat level) say. Practice makes perfect. Give it another try.
    Best answer: Not at all. You’ve hopefully learned to frequently check what you’re preparing, regardless of what the instructions (oven temp, bake time, heat level) say. Practice makes perfect. Give it another try.
    45 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago
  • Has anyone ever had their instant pot cooker explode on them?

    Best answer: This will happen if you rush releasing the pressure in the cooker. Make sure all the pressure is released by giving it a couple more minutes. Terrible burns and scalds have been known to occur by pots being opened too soon, and it's often the face that gets it.
    Best answer: This will happen if you rush releasing the pressure in the cooker. Make sure all the pressure is released by giving it a couple more minutes. Terrible burns and scalds have been known to occur by pots being opened too soon, and it's often the face that gets it.
    11 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago
  • Can I smoke a 53 year old pack of smokes?

    While cleaning out a passed away relatives home I found a Vietnam Era food ration dating back to 1965. One of its contents is a pack of old school Lucky Strike Cigarettes. They look fine, and they re still sealed inside of the wrapper. I m curious as too how they ll taste.
    While cleaning out a passed away relatives home I found a Vietnam Era food ration dating back to 1965. One of its contents is a pack of old school Lucky Strike Cigarettes. They look fine, and they re still sealed inside of the wrapper. I m curious as too how they ll taste.
    28 answers · Beer, Wine & Spirits · 2 weeks ago
  • What method of cooking do you prefer to do the most?

    Best answer: I prefer to roast, there is nothing easier that roasting a leg of lamb, even the smell is scrummy.
    Best answer: I prefer to roast, there is nothing easier that roasting a leg of lamb, even the smell is scrummy.
    26 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago
  • Is vegan dieting good for your health?

    Best answer: Its advocates claim it is, but it is difficult to get a good balance of proteins and micronutrients on a vegan diet. You also use the word 'dieting'. If you mean to lose weight, going vegan is not a good way of doing so, better to go on a calorie controlled diet which includes some lean meat [and/or fish]... show more
    Best answer: Its advocates claim it is, but it is difficult to get a good balance of proteins and micronutrients on a vegan diet. You also use the word 'dieting'. If you mean to lose weight, going vegan is not a good way of doing so, better to go on a calorie controlled diet which includes some lean meat [and/or fish] but is low in sugar, other refined carbohydrates and fried foods. Many vegan foods are high in sugars and/or vegetable oils, and contrary to common belief, vegetable oils are just as high in calories as animal fat.
    18 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 2 weeks ago
  • What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?

    Best answer: I have many favorites. Chocolate, vanilla and french vanilla, coconut, chocolate coconut, strawberry coconut, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut, hazelnut praline, coffee and espresso flavors, mint chocolate chip, pistachio, stracciatella, chocolate chip, butterscotch, bourbon praline, sea salt caramel,... show more
    Best answer: I have many favorites. Chocolate, vanilla and french vanilla, coconut, chocolate coconut, strawberry coconut, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut, hazelnut praline, coffee and espresso flavors, mint chocolate chip, pistachio, stracciatella, chocolate chip, butterscotch, bourbon praline, sea salt caramel, rocky road, peanut butter with chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, bastani, bouza, raspberry chocolate, cookies n cream, hazelnut praline, maple, etc...
    12 answers · Other - Food & Drink · 2 weeks ago
  • Jam or butter?

    55 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 3 weeks ago
  • Is Coffee bad for you?

    70 answers · Non-Alcoholic Drinks · 3 weeks ago
  • I am thinking of starting a restaurant called Ejacuburger. Would you want to eat there?

    Best answer: Sounds like a dirty wiener rubbing place.
    Best answer: Sounds like a dirty wiener rubbing place.
    11 answers · Vegetarian & Vegan · 2 weeks ago
  • How do you use your sesame seeds?

    Best answer: I use them as a topping on bread/rolls/bagels that I make.
    I use them in rice.
    I toast them lightly and sprinkle them over stir-fries.
    I use them in Bul-Go-Gi marinade (Korean beef barbecue)
    Best answer: I use them as a topping on bread/rolls/bagels that I make.
    I use them in rice.
    I toast them lightly and sprinkle them over stir-fries.
    I use them in Bul-Go-Gi marinade (Korean beef barbecue)
    4 answers · Entertaining · 2 weeks ago
  • If I drink every weekend will I get cirrhosis?

    Best answer: A few beers or maybe a bottle of wine? No. A case of beer or two or three bottles of wine or a full bottle of distilled spirits, every single weekend, then yeah, you can do some long-term damage.
    Best answer: A few beers or maybe a bottle of wine? No. A case of beer or two or three bottles of wine or a full bottle of distilled spirits, every single weekend, then yeah, you can do some long-term damage.
    28 answers · Beer, Wine & Spirits · 2 weeks ago
  • Why does tea taste different depending on method of making it?

    Best answer: Most likely, it has to do with how much time the tea spends in the water at a certain temperature. I think a good search term to find out more would be something along the lines of "Tea steeping methods"
    Best answer: Most likely, it has to do with how much time the tea spends in the water at a certain temperature. I think a good search term to find out more would be something along the lines of "Tea steeping methods"
    17 answers · Cooking & Recipes · 2 weeks ago