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Old 06-26-2010, 07:29 PM   #1
 
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I tried this recipe from vegan with a vengeance (I'm so taking back to the store)

for cucumber boats....I had no idea a clove of garlic wasn't an entire GARLIC BULB...now I know..

I think a vampire won't comin' around these parts for a really long time.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:41 PM   #2
 
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I wanted to say in the other thread you did that the problem is starting with random recipes. I think it's more helpful to understand the basics of cooking first, so then you can tackle recipes.
Start off with something like simple scrambled eggs, done properly. Try cooking pasta al dente. Dress with garlic sauteed in olive oil (aglio e olio), and a bit of the pasta water. Make a simple vinaigrette (3 parts oil to one part vinegar or other type of acid, salt, pepper, and a bit of mustard) and enjoy a salad. Practice knife cuts:
http://www.seriouseats.com/tags/Knife%20Skills
Before you look at something like a vegan book, it's just good to have an understanding of cooking.
Go for a book like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, which is just a great cookbook period. It gives you information aside from recipes.
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Old 06-26-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
 
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lol I know how to cook basic foods like eggs and burgers, and that baked spaghetti I made was to die for!

I still should probably start with a beginner book LOL.
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I am no cook, I feel your pain. I have found doing something consistently well is a great confidence booster.

Also, realizing something new might not turn out-okay in my case it rarely turns out right the first time. Not getting frustrated, and trying again. Just realizing it might take a couple of times to get something right. Umm, not that I actually do this, but I am trying to get better.
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Heh, cooking eggs properly (not tough or dry) is not as basic as you may think.
And burgers, well, depending on where you are, those are not words you want to say (them's fightin' words). Picking the right meat for a burger, not forming it too compact so it doesn't toughen, cooking to desired temperatures (burgers are more finicky than a lot of steaks to cook to medium rare), lots and lots of things go into making a good burger.
http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/...-or-woman.html

http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/...r-at-home.html

But see, you mentioned a house dressing in another thread for example, and no doubt, like most dressings, it's a vinaigrette. If you learn the basic stuff, it'll be eye-opening for you.
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but I did make a good burger! My burger was off the chain courtesy of my dad instructing me on the phone LOL.
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I get that. But what I'm telling you is that if you get an understanding of basic cooking technique, and what it is that the steps you take accomplish, you'll understand and make your way though recipes better.
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I get that. But what I'm telling you is that if you get an understanding of basic cooking technique, and what it is that the steps you take accomplish, you'll understand and make your way though recipes better.
oh yea. Its hard to tell when they're done. The only way I know when stuff is done is when it's burnt.
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Old 06-26-2010, 09:38 PM   #9
 
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Getting a bulb confused with a clove is a common beginner's mistake. It's not so much a cooking error, IMO. You just weren't familiar with the ingredients. For future reference, few recipes require entire bulbs of garlic!
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Getting a bulb confused with a clove is a common beginner's mistake. It's not so much a cooking error, IMO. You just weren't familiar with the ingredients. For future reference, few recipes require entire bulbs of garlic!

LOL I should of known that was a lot of garlic....but I still put it all in

after that something in the back of my head told me to google what a clove of garlic was
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:gasp: If you haven't already, please don't take the book back! There are so many awesome recipes in there like falafel, lemon cupcakes, pancakes, and the cookies! Cooking is just trial and error, trial and error.
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:gasp: If you haven't already, please don't take the book back! There are so many awesome recipes in there like falafel, lemon cupcakes, pancakes, and the cookies! Cooking is just trial and error, trial and error.

haha I still have it but I should of read the reviews more a lot of the recipes call for soy and I hate soy.

Isn't tofu soy? Did I mention I hate soy?
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you may want to check out Bittman's minimalist recipes in the NY Times section. They are usually pretty simple and tasty.
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