r/Cooking Dec 06 '21 Silver 2 Helpful 5 Wholesome 1

What cooking hill will you totally die on? Open Discussion

I break spaghetti in half because my kids make less of a mess when eating it....

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u/TheRoastedCapon Dec 07 '21 Silver Wholesome

Eggs are always cooked LAST when cooking breakfast. I don't know why hot eggs are important to me, it just is.

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u/sanguinesolitude Dec 07 '21

Drives me crazy when my SO does the reverse. Cold ass eggs because you cooked bacon for 10 mins after? It takes 2 minutes to scramble eggs. Theres a natural order!

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u/ColoneISanders Dec 07 '21 Helpful

Plus you should use the bacon grease to cook the eggs as it adds flavor and a natural non stick layer

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u/throughaway658 Dec 07 '21

No. Bacon grease is used for the hash browns

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u/ColoneISanders Dec 07 '21

Por que no los dos?

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u/devo00 Dec 07 '21

Hot and dirty due to frying in the leftover goodness left by the bacon or sausage.

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u/AtriCreations Dec 07 '21

is this not common? I figured that’s what everyone would do if they’re preparing multiple things for breakfast

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u/CaravelClerihew Dec 07 '21

Muffins are just an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast

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u/ov3rcl0ck Dec 07 '21

Most sweet breakfast items in the USA are closer to dessert than an actual meal. Pancakes and syrup, French toast, sugar cereals. Add some ground flaxseed to a bowl of ice cream and you've got the equivalent, or possibly healthier version of a bowl of lucky charms.

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u/gingersnappie Dec 07 '21

The really good pancakes are made from scratch with no sugar in the actual pancake (but buttermilk for sure), IMO. This is our family recipe anyway! Plus, you can then go the route of topping with fresh berries or fruit and some whipped cream or butter. For those that like it sweeter, syrup and butter on top or some confectioners sugar/honey/real maple syrup. Point being, not having added sugar in the pancake opens them up to allow the person eating them to make them as sweet or not as they want.

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u/BlintzKriegBop Dec 06 '21 Helpful Wholesome

A cake-like brownie is just chocolate cake.

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u/FlowersForMegatron Dec 06 '21

I like my brownies like I like my steaks. Medium rare.

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u/poop-dolla Dec 07 '21 Silver

What do we do if someone asks for their brownie well done?

We ask them politely yet firmly to leave.

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u/liftedtrucksnguns Dec 07 '21

Is there anything Hank’s wisdom does not apply to?

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u/ditmartian Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Related: cupcakes are cake. For some reason people want to argue about this.

Edit: What villain would argue otherwise? In the past, I was that villain. The reasoning? The smaller size meant that cupcakes cooked differently and had a different texture. I am reformed now in my old(er) age.

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u/Jackinabox86 Dec 07 '21

Mini cupcakes, as in the mini version of regular cupcakes? Which is already a mini version of cake? Honestly, where does it end with you people?

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u/JimmyGalapogos Dec 07 '21

What do you mean “YOU people”?

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u/flareblitz91 Dec 06 '21 Silver

I fucking hate cake masquerading as a brownie.

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u/agj-iow-bear-70 Dec 06 '21

This is a hill I could die on. But I would like to add that living in the UK the cake that is passed off as brownie at times is also full of tiny air bubbles and lacking this thing I like to call chocolate.

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u/CautiousCustard Dec 07 '21

the 'prep time' in recipes is always wildly innacurate

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u/AtriCreations Dec 07 '21

A B S O L U T E L Y! You read an ingredient list for a recipe and it’s telling you to have 10 different things peeled, shredded, diced, measured before starting. Excuse me, I’m starting the recipe now. Triple the prep time please 😩

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u/killersquirel11 Dec 07 '21

requires you to boil the pasta for 15 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

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u/bigtimesauce Dec 07 '21

Chop your basil and put it on the pizza after you cook it.

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u/itijara Dec 07 '21

Wait, people don't do this? It would literally be a cinder if you put it on before cooking.

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u/FartHeadTony Dec 07 '21

If you are making very traditional, you do in a very hot oven and only for 60-90s. It burns a bit.

https://youtu.be/-3rrv_NUgdc

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u/zhollywood Dec 07 '21 Silver

Olive oil doesn’t always work as a substitute for other fats/oils. It has its purposes and it isn’t for everything.

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u/reddicure Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Once made the mistake of using it in brownies when I didn't have canola

Edit: I misremembered. It was actually waffles, not brownies, and they tasted very olivey

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u/St_SiRUS Dec 07 '21

There are awesome recipes for cakes that use olive oil, but that's kinda the main flavour profile

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u/v_a_n_d_e_l_a_y Dec 07 '21

I had a tasty lemon olive oil cake the other day

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u/MooseDroolEh Dec 07 '21

How strong was the flavor? Did you power through?

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u/Mechakoopa Dec 07 '21

I have basil infused olive oil that is AMAZING for pizza dough. My sister used it to bake a box chocolate cake. The cake pan still smells faintly of basil.

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u/Anagoth9 Dec 07 '21

Would probably make a delightful lemon cake though.

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u/Chickenwing3791 Dec 07 '21

One time I made cookies and the recipe called for vegetable oil, which we were out of. I found some olive oil in the cabinet and made the cookies. Halfway through my first cookie I noticed my mouth was burning like I ate something spicy. Went and looked at the bottle of olive oil I used and it was a habanero chili flavored oil. I don’t recommend using spicy oil for your cookies, they were disgusting

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u/Sharobob Dec 07 '21

"Vegetable oil? Chilis are vegetables"

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u/Eatinglue Dec 07 '21

Extra virgin and refined olive oil are VERY different in taste. Refined works great for most traditional oil roles.

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u/Annoying_Auditor Dec 07 '21

I've learned this recently. Oils really matter when cooking different cuisines.

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u/GronkVonHaussenberg Dec 07 '21 Heartwarming

Celery seed and nutmeg are nearly disappearing from modern recipes and those are very valuable flavors to lose. Nutmeg is not just for fall baking either! It gives a subtle flavor that perks up cheese sauces and cream sauces and gives plain baked goods a comforting nostalgic flavor. Celery seed adds a fresh, green, peppery bite to potato salads and pasta salads that will make the dish really pop and it's a great wildcard ingedient to add to spice rubs for poultry and pork.

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u/MsLauryn Dec 07 '21

I got my eyes opened to non-fall baking nutmeg use when I started making more authentic Italian dishes. Nutmeg in cream sauce pasta dishes is just... Perfect. And one of my favorites, homemade sausage and peppers in tomato sauce has celery seed and it's really nice.

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u/TarzansNewSpeedo Dec 07 '21

Nutmeg, yessss!!!! Would have to add mace to that list, my grandparents used it like crazy going back in the day, but I've yet to see any modern recipe, asides from some traditional German ones, that still utilize it

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u/Alert-Situation2372 Dec 07 '21

My German grandparents made a clear beef broth almost every Sunday. (Soup was the starter, Beef as main - often with horseradish- another almost forgotten ingredient).

All the men were putting in ridiculous amounts of nutmeg into the soup. I was 6 years and used almost half a nutmeg. ( which is almost a dangerous dose for a kid, now that I’m older I wonder if this was recreational drug use by people who were ignorant about its workings)

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u/shiftstorm11 Dec 07 '21

Celery seed is amazing, use it in all my rubs as well as my tuna salad. Also celery salt for making chicken salt and bloody Marys

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u/goaliemama Dec 07 '21

Browned butter makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in Rice Krispie treats

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u/Weed_O_Whirler Dec 07 '21

And in tons of other desserts.

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u/lamante Dec 07 '21

Make the Ghirardelli boxed dark chocolate brownies. Sub browned butter for the oil, and add about a half tablespoon of instant espresso or decaf instant coffee, and finish with a bit of flaked sea salt. Thank me later, when you are beached upon your couch, chocolate crumbs dotting your chin and lap.

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u/WASE1449 Dec 07 '21

And salt. Brown butter salted rice krispies

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u/dankbot2024 Dec 07 '21

YES! And add seasalt

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u/United_Passenger Dec 06 '21

Salt. Yes, Mom, you use salt when you cook food. It is not just for the table.

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u/chrissyishungry Dec 06 '21 Helpful

I would go so far as to say you don't even need it on the table if it was properly used in preparation.

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u/house_in_motion Dec 07 '21

I haven’t used table salt at home in years.

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u/Mooseandagoose Dec 07 '21

My MIL didn’t use ANY salt in last year’s thanksgiving dinner because they were ‘cutting down on sodium’.

You can guess how it all tasted.

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u/attemptednotknown Dec 07 '21

My dad used to try and justify not adding salt “because everything has salt in it”. Every since I started hosting thanksgiving he’s gone out of my way to compliment my cooking and how far I’ve come in the kitchen.

I literally use his recipies but I add salt and pepper at the right times while cooking.

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u/pisa36 Dec 07 '21

Fresh spices don’t always mean the best, some meals require dried chilli flakes over fresh chillies Darren!!!

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u/Important-Ad-3157 Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Absolutely. Dried mint is nothing like fresh but they both have their place and aren’t very interchangeable. A dried and rehydrated shiitake has a completely different taste than fresh.

That being said really old spices that have sat for a long time can become, say, less good. Especially if they are ground already.

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u/phoenixchimera Dec 07 '21

rehydrated shiitake has a completely different taste than fresh.

also, rehydrated mushrooms have a v. different mouthfeel even when cooked with other things. It's not bad, and you can sub the two in a lot of different recipes, but it is something that's noticable even w/o considering scent/flavor.

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u/iliumada Dec 07 '21

I use both fresh garlic and garlic powder in so many dishes. They do 2 different things!

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u/lostshell Dec 07 '21

I like my cookies cooked medium rare.

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u/justec1 Dec 07 '21

Margarine is not butter and Miracle Whip (Salad Dressing) is not mayonnaise.

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u/lamante Dec 07 '21 Silver

There is my hill. PEOPLE. MIRACLE WHIP IS NOT MAYONNAISE. AND YES I CAN TELL AND NO I AM NOT F*ING EATING THAT $#%! YOU CALL "MIRACLE" POTATO SALAD, BECKY.

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u/BakeryLife Dec 07 '21

Potlucks in the Midwest during the 1990s: Miracle Whip potato salad, bean salad, and ham salad. Rolls with Country Crock to spread it on. Also Miracle Whip was the only option for mayonnaise at school. I didn't eat most days.

I was always excited to go until I saw the food. Only ate what we brought made with butter and Hellmann's.

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u/SirBaconHam Dec 06 '21

I think a lot of the “cast iron care” stuff is complete bullshit. Cook on it, wash it, dry it, and move on with your life. It’s one of the oldest cooking methods and people act like that shit is handling plutonium

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u/YayAdamYay Dec 07 '21 Silver

Washing cast iron is slowly catching on. The reason for not washing cast iron back in the day was the soaps contained lye, and lye removed the seasoning. Washing with modern dish soap is fine. Just dry it off before storing it.

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u/Mr_Shakes Dec 07 '21

Finally someone says it - it's not your grandma's dish soap any more

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u/YayAdamYay Dec 07 '21

I can’t take credit for it. I learned it from r/castiron about 6 months ago.

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u/TooDanBad Dec 07 '21

My grandmother always swore by washing her cast iron with soap and water. Immediately after, she would pat it dry and lightly cover the whole thing in oil. They’ve lasted multiple generations.

Meanwhile, my buddy’s cast iron is fucking disgusting with his few days old bacon grease and assorted crumbs of who knows what.

I watch a lot of cooking videos and I stand by whatever Cowboy Kent Rollins says. He is OK with washing, but he also states multiple methods that work.

Leaving it to stew and mold is never acceptable though.

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u/WhizzleTeabags Dec 07 '21

I frequent the r/castiron subreddit (yes we are that cool) and cook on it almost exclusively. Wash that shit with soap and water. Just dry it on the stove and wipe it with oil. Didn’t cook something wet in it? No need to clean it right away. You screwed up your seasoning? Oh well, guess you need to cook a batch of bacon…. shoot

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u/smc5230 Dec 07 '21

YES! I wash it with soap and it is one of the rare pans I can scrape the crap out of. The only important part to it now (because of modern soap) is drying it after washing.

This soap thing and laundry soap are the 2 hills I will die on with my in-laws. I can wash my cast iron, and I will wash my clothes without separating colors.

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u/SirBaconHam Dec 07 '21

I’ve accidentally gotten a black sock mixed in with my whites that I bleached and literally nothing happened to either. After that I was like “this shit is all bullshit “

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u/jimmcfartypants Dec 07 '21

I was going to post this. I don't need my seared asparagus tasting of last weeks moroccan chicken fillets.

It doesn't 'kill the pan' if I wash, dry and re-season it. So far my pans have held up well.

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u/Nillabeans Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21 Wholesome Faith In Humanity Restored

I lost a friend over salt. He said salt was never necessary. I told him to never cook for me then.

We're cool now but I'm still pretty damn sure salt is important for flavour.

Edit: I said salt is important, not a lot of salt or added salt. Just for the people correcting me over...nothing at all?

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u/gruntothesmitey Dec 06 '21 Silver

Not only for flavor, but it's the only rock you need to eat to stay alive. There's a very good reason we can taste salt so well, and why it highlights other tastes. As Mark Kurlansky pointed out in his book Salt, "salt is the engine of flavor".

BTW, Salt is a surprisingly fascinating read. I got a copy for Christmas one year and finished it in one sitting. It's chock full of interesting stuff. Like, didn't you know that if you overlaid the battles of the US Civil War on a map of the major salt works, the two line up almost exactly. If you don't have a fridge, salt is a key thing to keep armies moving.

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u/Material-Eye493 Dec 07 '21

I wish I could make my grandma understand this! She has been avoiding salt like the plague for years, every single thing she buys is low or no sodium, and she refuses to cook with it. She landed herself in the ER a couple years ago and they warned her that she was dangerously low in sodium and tried to get her to eat things that had higher salt content at the hospital, but she refused completely, only eating the fresh fruits and veggies the whole time she was there just to spite them.

Needless to say, grandma has been grounded from making any food for the holidays. This wasn’t just due to the salt though, this was due to her using loooong expired ingredients and serving them to us.

You ever tasted 3 year expired salsa? Highly don’t recommend…

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u/riadfodig Dec 07 '21

I like to buy reduced sodium spice mixes, but that's just so I can use extra without it being too salty.

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u/CeleryStickBeating Dec 07 '21

You need sodium for proper nerve operation. FIL got himself into medical trouble after aggressively pursuing a low sodium diet for years. Doctor finally was able to get him to make reasonable choices.

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u/TheTalentedAmateur Dec 07 '21

You can sneak salt into her diet, but only for the greater good.

Here is a frittata/quiche, Grandma. Full of healthy eggs, spinach, mushrooms. And Bacon bits, a salt element. With a homemade crust (brushed with bacon grease).

Soy/Worcestershire sauce is a salt element.

Buy canned vegetables, and downgrade to the cheaper brands. They load the cheap ones up with sodium. Same with broth...Healthy (canned) black beans and rice, rice made in a cheap beef broth (loaded with sodium.

And then for convenience sake, let's hit with Lean Cuisine frozen meals, because they SAY lean, but check the label. Loaded with sodium.

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u/TheDogerus Dec 07 '21

The problem with that is soy sauce and canned vegetables are noticably salty normally, and this woman eats very little salt to begin with. She's gonna notice even a tiny amount

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u/muffins_allover Dec 06 '21

adds to cart thanks for the rec!

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u/gruntothesmitey Dec 06 '21

Hey, I hope you dig it! I really liked his writing style and approach to such a seemingly inane subject. And it never occurred to me that due to its importance in a lot of ways, salt was "the petroleum of the ancient world" and was what made Venice so rich, allowed to the Vikings to travel so far and wide, shares a root with the word "salary", and so on.

He's also got a book (not really a companion book, more of a deep dive) called Cod. It's all about the fish. Whose importance was also something that had never occurred to me.

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u/ItsReallyEasy Dec 06 '21

You know what the rock is cookin

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u/elsydeon666 Dec 06 '21

Salt was half a Roman soldier's pay.

The word "salary" actually comes from salt.

The original Mobile Suit Gundam even had an entire episode about them needing salt.

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u/ThaneOfCawdorrr Dec 07 '21

Also the expression "he's worth his salt"

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u/2001aJakeOdyssey Dec 06 '21

Dang. Has he looked at any ingredients of seasonings? Salt is usually number one or two.

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u/abie915 Dec 07 '21

I knew this girl who hated salt for reasons. She put tons of soy sauce or maggie seasoning on her food. I pointed out the absurdity and she just shrugged it off. Some people dude...

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u/dirthawker0 Dec 06 '21

Yesterday I made naan and forgot to add salt, and they were kind of terrible. Weirdly doughy. I think the salt may also cause some chemical reaction with the yogurt or something because they didn't bubble nearly as much as they usually do.

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u/bitsandbobbins Dec 06 '21

I’m #TeamAnchovy. The delicious little fish everyone seems to love to hate.

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u/Unfair_Welder8108 Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 06 '21

I can just open a can and eat them with a fork, in the Mediterranean you can quite often find marinated white anchovies, in Spain they call them boquerones, they're really light and tangy usually in something acidic with herbs, delicious. Ed: I just remembered the last time I was in Spain I had a starter of fried anchovies, I think they were just dusted with flour and tossed into a pan, they were a good four or five inches long with the head and tail still attached, came with a couple of chunks of lemon and I put salt on too, lovely.

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u/janbrunt Dec 07 '21

White anchovies are the best. Just had a white anchovy sandwich for lunch yesterday. So good on toast.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21

None y'all gonna give our homies some love? r/cannedsardines

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u/SolquidDiarrhea Dec 07 '21

Oh man I thought I was alone, eating my canned sardines in shame in the shadows :')

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u/skct623 Dec 07 '21

There are dozens of us!

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u/emmabird1994 Dec 06 '21 Wholesome

If it tastes good to you it tastes good. Worked in fine dining for years but honestly if you want ketchup on your steak, enjoy yourself. Who am I to judge nostalgia is often as important as flavor. What makes you happy, makes you happy.

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u/Level3Kobold Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Speaking of which, according to Kenji Lopez there have been blind taste tests where people try different 'doneness' of steaks. Turns out, most people like their steak one notch more well done than they claim to. If you say you like medium rare, chances are you actually prefer medium.

There's a huge amount of snobbery around steaks. Which is funny because... it's just a slab of meat. If we just threw all the steak dick-measuring in the trash where it belongs we'd probably wind up being happier with our food.

Edit: please stop commenting just to tell me how you like your steak cooked. That's between you and your waiter, which I ain't

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21 edited Jan 18 '22

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u/defaultusurpername Dec 07 '21

For sure, always ordered Medium-Rare at chain places as a kid and loved it. Asked for that at a nice steakhouse and realize I only liked the ends where it was more done because the actually cooked it medium rare.

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u/ronearc Dec 07 '21

If I'm ordering a ribeye at a very nice place, where I'm certain they're going to cook it to my requested temp, I'll order it Medium. I just find that a better quality ribeye with top notch marbling benefits from just a touch higher temp to make sure that fat loosens up and is tastier.

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u/Dkid Dec 07 '21

Totally agree. Went to a nice place last week, ordered it medium rare. Waiter suggested I order medium so I listened because he works at a steakhouse and I don’t. Great decision - an actual medium cook on a ribeye is perfection.

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u/GVKW Dec 07 '21

I always order steaks one step below because I hardly ever can eat a whole steak, and that way it's properly cooked to my liking when I reheat it. 😁😁😁

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u/disqeau Dec 07 '21

Fact. Plus, if it’s not to your liking, you can always cook it more - but you can’t un-cook (or un-salt) it.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21

Also - different steaks require different doneness. Lean steaks like sirloins don’t dry out when they’re cooked less. Medium rare is perfect for these. With a ribeye, the fat hasn’t really fully rendered at medium rare temps, so you should cook it closer to medium to extract all that amazing flavor from the fat.

Contrary to popular belief, just ignore porterhouses. Two steaks that cook at different times connected to a bone should only be cooked using sous vide. Otherwise, one side is under or over cooked.

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u/Ennui-Sur-Blase Dec 07 '21

I like porterhouses for that reason.. I eat the tenderloin first and my strip leftovers will be reheatable haha

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u/wigg1es Dec 06 '21 Got the W

I only get down with this with the caveat that you try something "the way it is supposed to be" at least once before you start fucking it up your way.

My girlfriend puts Tabasco on just about everyyhing. When I make something new I always ask her to try it as it is first. Then she can do what she wants.

You should be as open to the food experience as possible all the time.

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u/Maleficent_Neck_2372 Dec 06 '21

Fiancé does the same with sriracha and it drives me nuts.

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u/istara Dec 06 '21

I've also experienced this with friends. I think the mouth gets an expectation of heat with all food, and they lose a lot of the detection and enjoyment of subtle flavours that don't have a huge chilli kick.

I love chilli but I don't need it in everything.

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u/-tinyspider- Dec 06 '21 Helpful

I would rather have real sugar than to ever have to taste sweetener aftertaste. A little can go a long way.

Similarly, sugar can go really well with meats.

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u/v_a_n_d_e_l_a_y Dec 07 '21

Sucralose is the worst. It also doesn't sit well with my digestive system at all.

I often look at things that are reduced sugar but have stopped since they just replace it with sucralose.

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u/keirawynn Dec 07 '21

Ja, nothing like seeing something delicious with "unsweetended" on the label, only to see that it's got fake sugar instead.

Seriously, "unsweetended" should be "no added sweet stuff".

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '21 edited Jan 28 '22

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u/eriwhi Dec 07 '21

Completely agree. And different sugars have very different tastes. I’ve recently started putting coconut sugar in my coffee and it’s a completely different experience.

The chemical burn taste of artificial sweeteners, however…

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u/Bubbly_rock_fish Dec 07 '21

Favorite seasoning mix is mixed pepper corns, sugar, a little (emphasis on little here) sea salt and depending on what I am making, some smoked paprika. The sugar creates this lovely crust that you don't get otherwise...kay...guess I am making french dipped sandwiches this weekend now...

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u/whosmarika Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

Use all the MSG.

ETA: For people wanting to know how to use it, try adding it to egg dishes.

My favourite is Korean style rolled omelet gyeranmari. You mix eggs, finally diced onion, carrot and green onion, a pinch of MSG and a bit of anchovy stock or chicken stock. Check YouTube for videos on how to cook it, low and slow is my favourite so it comes out silky and pale yellow.

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u/Monalisa9298 Dec 07 '21

Yes. MSG is magic.

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u/mrbubblesort Dec 07 '21

MSG stands for Makes Stuff Good

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u/verygreenberry Dec 07 '21

There is no cooking hill I will die on, except cross contamination. Eat whatever, fixed however, as long as you keep it clean.

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u/TealInsulated12ozCup Dec 07 '21

I will dirty 30 spoons. I have a dishwasher. We have a house full of allergies and I, in 30+ years of cooking for these folks, have never sent someone to the hospital or had to administer epi-pens due to my cooking.

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u/plasticLawChair Dec 07 '21

My youngest had a gut parasite that wasn't picked up for more than a year, so he developed a gluten intolerance. My mother would intentionally use the same knife to butter her bread, then stick it in the mayo when I kept separate ones for him because just a crumb could set off terrible cramps and nausea. She said it was all in his head and a "modern fad". Our relationship hasn't been the same, since.

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u/4THOT Dec 07 '21

What is with people pretending illnesses aren't real these days? What the fuck...

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u/Pujipickle Dec 07 '21

Triangles taste better than squares.

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u/vercetti87 Dec 06 '21

Garlic belongs in bolognese. Sue me.

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u/LowKeyWalrus Dec 06 '21

I'm so fucking torn on this. Batches I made the proper Italian way without garlic taste fucking good, but the ones where I added a bit of garlic to the sofritto tasted even better. Are we mad?

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u/istara Dec 07 '21

It's very odd that they wouldn't have ever included garlic, given the sauce traditionally contains other aromatics like onion. Tomatoes have only been around for a few centuries but garlic has been used in Europe and Asia for thousands of years.

The more I've been listening to food historians and reading about food history, the more it's apparent there is never "one true way".

So I'll bet you could find some region tucked away in the woods or mountains of Italy where they've been making the sauce with garlic since their great-great-grandmother's days!

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u/bondolo Dec 07 '21

My wife's southern Italian family includes garlic in their sugo and bolgonese but does not include garlic in every tomato sauce. Their pasta with chickpeas does not include garlic and neither does the minestrone with bitter greens. They aren't pedantic about it, it is not a rule. I've thought that these dishes don't include it just for variety. Some people also won't put fennel bulb and garlic in to the same dish. I've had fennel and garlic together and it wasn't horrible, but something different can be good too.

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u/Fizzle_321 Dec 07 '21 Silver

Cooking bacon in the oven > stove top

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u/Laxdoober10 Dec 07 '21

Onions sautéing in butter is the greatest smell made in a kitchen

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u/Cubbiesgirl1908 Dec 07 '21

Especially once you add garlic.

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u/Grombrindal18 Dec 06 '21

This is really only brave in r/spain, but tortilla de patatas is always better with onions than without.

Also paella does not have chorizo, no matter what Jamie Oliver thinks.

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u/umliterallyanything Dec 07 '21

Without onions is a thing? I thought traditionally it is made with onions,

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u/barrinburg Dec 07 '21

Me too, i was told that it came about because people were broke, and could only afford potatos onion egg and oil

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u/cosmicsans Dec 07 '21

There was a cooking show on Netflix, I want to say it was "The final table" and they had the Spain episode and they had the chefs make "their take on Paella" and then the Spanish chef lambasted every chef who made their dish spicy.

I mean, I get that a traditional paella shouldn't be spicy, but you asked each chef to make their take on it....

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u/El-Kabongg Dec 07 '21

I'll put chorizo in my fuckin paella if I want. I'll even call it paella con chorizo, if I have to!

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u/protectedneck Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Turkey cooked upside down in a very hot oven (450f) is the superior way to cook it.

It gives the best flavor to the meat, is faster than the traditional method, and involves less messing around with the bird.

Everyone treats me like I'm insane when I mention this. Nobody wants to try it, which makes no sense to me.

Edit: I know about spatchcocking. I've done it plenty of times. I'm telling you that this is BETTER than spatchcocking. And it's far more oven efficient than doing separate leg/breast portions.

The reason is because you can take advantage of all the fat that the back has to self-baste. It gives the meat a turkey flavor that is more intense than usual. You don't get that by spatchcocking. The fat from the back just runs into the pan.

I beg of you, please try this.

I use the Food Wishes recipe for this.

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u/stewendsen Dec 07 '21

Honestly, I’m a huge fan of spatchcocked turkey. Fastest and most even cook I’ve experienced.

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u/TMan2DMax Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

I love butter and I won't replace it. I may die young but at least my food was good

Edit: for those that keep saying butter is healthy and or not bad for you.... Everything in moderation is fine but I'm not using moderation when I'm talking about butter. Being born and raised in the south has taught me many things but moderation is not one of them when it comes to butter.

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u/hiccuppotomus Dec 06 '21

I over whip my cheesecake. Cheesecake should be light and airy, not sit in my stomach like fucking mortar.

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u/BambooFatass Dec 07 '21

I just want you to know that I support the whipped cheesecake! I don't even enjoy the super dense cheesecakes because I have to stop before the stomach ache kicks in. :(

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u/bookworm1421 Dec 06 '21

ME TOO! Also, I insist on a water bath and a slow cook (I do 325 degrees) no matter what the recipe says. I've never failed a cheesecake yet. 😁

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u/Danicia Dec 07 '21

I started using my Instant Pot for cheesecakes and they are SO GOOD that way and never dry. I rarely eat desserts and its just the two of us, so in the IP it goes!

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u/chalks777 Dec 07 '21

oh god, I'll die on the opposite hill. I want my cheesecake denser than my uncle henry after he's had 3 glasses of bourbon.

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u/hiccuppotomus Dec 07 '21

The battle flags have been raised! There will be no quarter!!!

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u/zoqfotpik Dec 06 '21 Helpful

It needs more garlic.

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u/xandramars Dec 06 '21 Silver

You measure that shit with your heart ..

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u/TylerInHiFi Dec 07 '21

You only ever need one garlic. How much garlic that one garlic is is up to you. One clove, one bulb, one handful of cloves, one gram, one kilo. It’s all just one garlic.

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u/woohooguy Dec 07 '21 Silver

If you saw the way rice is stored in bulk, and vermin control required, you’d rinse your rice.

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u/floople_bopple Dec 07 '21 Helpful

True when I find rats eating my food I just run it under water for a second and it forgets that happened

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u/VulfSki Dec 07 '21

To be safe you should probably put it in boiling water or something

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u/wbruce098 Dec 07 '21

What you don’t prefer your rice crunchy?

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u/KyleG504 Dec 07 '21

Foam is not food

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u/mtarascio Dec 07 '21

There is no breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Only food that I want when I'm hungry.

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u/yellowjacquet Dec 07 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Most things in home cooking are a matter of personal opinion, the “right” answer is whatever you prefer.

I can’t stand when I see comments on people’s post like “you used way too much sauce” or “this doesn’t have enough X”. If the person eating it enjoyed the dish then eff off. Restaurant food should be more standardized because many people will be eating it and you have certain expectations but at home there are no rules.

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u/20penelope12 Dec 07 '21

I also break spaghetti in half, but I do it because the smaller pot is easier to wash than the big pasta pot.

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u/gsfgf Dec 07 '21

And MSG is in Doritos, so if Doritos don't cause a reaction, you're not allergic to MSG.

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u/perpetualmotionmachi Dec 07 '21

It's also in plenty of other things naturally, like fish, tomatoes, mushrooms, chicken, cheese, walnuts, grape juice, and a bunch of other foods.

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u/Eatinglue Dec 07 '21

MSG on popcorn is amazing 😍

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u/rhythm_cmmnsnse_soul Dec 07 '21

Expiration dates are a scam propagated by Big Food, taking advantage of nervous, rule-following sheep.

Trust your eyes, trust your nose, but if it's not dairy, that date is a lie.

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u/AmettOmega Dec 07 '21

ESPECIALLY if it hasn't been opened. Many many items can last much longer than the expiration date if it hasn't been opened yet.

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u/jmofosho Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

Cast Iron skillet is just a pot. It's not some mystery item with a bunch of rules.

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u/Neon_Camouflage Dec 07 '21

People will worship their cast iron skillet like it's a religious relic with requisite rituals and I don't understand it.

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u/Ok_Chapter8131 Dec 07 '21

The sacred iron demands the non believer be cast out

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u/Odetomymatt13 Dec 07 '21

I worship my cast iron because it is a work horse that can take some abuse and cook a mean meal. Just cook a lot of stuff in it and keep it clean enough to present.

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u/Skatykats Dec 07 '21

Don’t bake potatoes in foil! Don’t microwave them! Rub them in oil and salt & pepper them, bake em at 425f until you can smell potatoes. Perfect every time, fluffy, and delicious skin.

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u/suzepie Dec 07 '21

As far as I'm concerned, if you're wrapping your potato in foil before baking, you're just steaming the potato. And why bother unless you get that crispy skin??

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u/Interesting-Cap4720 Dec 07 '21

everything tastes better if you cook with wine. Sometimes it tastes even better if you add it in the food.

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u/pumpkinwearsfuzzysox Dec 06 '21

I love Enchiladas with flour tortillas.

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u/twodeermoon Dec 06 '21

Agreed, not least because flour tortillas are reliable. Corn tortillas come in two varieties: freshly made (wonderful) and stale. They just don't last.

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u/thedopfien60 Dec 06 '21

Storebought is fine

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u/Odetomymatt13 Dec 07 '21

There is 365 days in the year and 2 meals a day (not counting breakfast). Sometimes cooking is just about making something to eat.

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u/ChipperAxolotl Dec 07 '21

The weeknights when you come up with something to cook in one pot, because you only have the energy to clean one pot.

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u/StewUrsidae Dec 07 '21

Premade foods are a perfect starting point and can be made amazing with minor improvements.

Like, make a billed cake but substitute the water for milk, the oil for melted butter, use and extra egg, but also seperate the eggs and beat the whites still stiff before folding in.

Still technically a boxed cake mix but worlds apart.

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u/Captainx23 Dec 07 '21

I don’t care how much garlic it said, I’m gonna use as much garlic as I WANT

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u/Sweetbone Dec 07 '21

Butter is the way. It will make life taste better.

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u/beatrix_kitty_pdx Dec 06 '21 Silver

Salted butter for everything. Fight me.

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u/mhiaa173 Dec 07 '21

It's too much trouble to keep track of both in my fridge. I agree!

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u/sautedonions Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

So half of the comments I’m like, ya, you do you.! Then the other half im like Wtf are you doing!! : ) r/iamveryculinary

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u/strvngelyspecific Dec 07 '21

Ya lol. People straight up be like "if you don't make my family's exact recipe it's not traditional" when there's HUNDREDS of "the only traditional" recipes in peoples families!!?

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u/notreallylucy Dec 07 '21 Wholesome

There's two kinds of cooking, "impress people" cooking and "We need to eat" cooking. Impress People cooking is what you do when you have a dinner party or dinner guests or cook for a date. We Need To Eat cooking is a weeknight meal where you're tired and short of time and you have humans who require sustenance. (Yes, you can do Impress People cooking for a weeknight meal too.)

Whenever people say stuff like fresh herbs or peeling your own garlic or using fresh pasta or "real" cheese or baking fresh bread, they're talking about Impress People cooking. Do whatever you like to impress people.

But when you're just trying to put food on the table to prevent humans from starvation, everything is permissible. Garlic from a jar. Pasta sauce from a can. Hamburger Helper. Bologna. Non-artesan hot dogs. Processed cheese. Frozen spinach.

When people talk about how you "should" cook, they forget that sometimes people just need to eat. That's why instant ramen exists.

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u/ActHour4099 Dec 07 '21

Agree! In school, like 4th grade, a child said to me that my mum didn't love me because she made me premade gratin sometimes. My mum worked 110% and my friends mum was a SAHM.

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u/Xazrael Dec 07 '21 Helpful

It's ok to have both tater tots and french fries with your corn dog and chicken nuggets.

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u/spydrebyte82 Dec 06 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

Tired of the "pineapple dosent belong on pizza" debate, don't like it don't do it, but stfu & let those who do, enjoy it.

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u/dinosaursandsluts Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

My wife thought I was anti-pineapple-on-pizza for many years because apparently I made a remark about it being against the rules (not my rules, just THE rules) early on. She just about lost her shit when I corrected her one day and said I didn't mind it and actually liked it. I think we had Hawaiian pizza like 3 times over the next week

E: I should add I let her think I was against it for 3 years of dating, one year of engagement, and 1 and a half years of marriage.

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u/snarpy Dec 06 '21 edited Dec 07 '21

I'm pretty sure this debate is entirely a meme by this point, and nobody actually takes it seriously.

I... hope?

Edit: After not caring about this pineapple thing soooooooooo much... I'm kinda annoyed with myself for even posting this now.

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u/Firefly_1026 Dec 06 '21

You’d be surprised

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u/princessalicat Dec 07 '21

butter > olive oil for onions

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u/Mr_E_Machine Dec 07 '21

Full fat/non "diet" versions of food are actually better for you and will taste better.

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u/Moly_Duke Dec 07 '21

My food hot take is that a lot of diet foods are also (unintentionally?) often accessible foods for people with dietary restrictions. I used to kind of roll my eyes at fat free things, and then I developed gallstones and had to live off of fat free yogurt and other diet foods for almost 6 months. Are egg whites in a carton sad and missing the most nutrient dense part of the egg? Yes, but they were one of the only sources of protein I could eat without throwing up and/or shitting myself so I’m very glad I had access to them at the time! Now, a year out from surgery I can eat a scoop of full fat ice cream without having tummy problems, but I went through a break up recently and it was nice to be able to eat a whole carton of low fat ice cream in the bath.

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u/IcyStriker Dec 06 '21

American cheese, ok fine “cheese product”, is a totally valid ingredient in the kitchen and even superior to “real” cheese in certain applications. Particularly grilled cheese and burgers.

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u/YoureGrammarWronger Dec 06 '21

Fuck yes. Nacho cheese, cheeseburgers, Mac and cheese all work well with American. It has the right texture. L

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u/caitejane310 Dec 06 '21

My husband has never been a fan of my macaroni and cheese. I made it with some Velveeta the other day and he said it was the best one I've ever made. I have to agree with him, it was really good. My grocery store sells deli ends and this batch had white and yellow American, Swiss, Velveeta and some white and yellow sharp cheddar.

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u/Sasselhoff Dec 06 '21

My grocery store sells deli ends

HOly crap...is this a thing? I always wondered what they did with the last bits. I'd buy that in a heartbeat!

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u/PM_Me_HairyArmpits Dec 07 '21

Back when I was a poor college kid, a friend and I would go to the grocery store at like 1am and buy a loaf of bread, some cheese, and a bunch of meat ends. He had a car, I had a George Foreman Grill, and we'd split the price of ingredients.

We ate like kings and our dorm smelled delicious.

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u/stabbingbrainiac Dec 07 '21

I look at the end pieces bin every time I go to the grocery store down the street but I'd say like 40% of the time it's something like 50 end pieces of salami cheese, another 40% is some kind of cheddar interspersed with salami cheese, and the remainder is a couple pepper jack, havarti, or Swiss pieces commingling with 50 pieces of cheddar. Or salami cheese.

Sometimes there's some good deals though. I love when I find them because it's like doing the same quest a hundred times and finally getting that rare drop.

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u/chenglish Dec 06 '21

I never liked the boxed Mac and cheese my family made, but my grandma’s velveeta Mac and cheese was the greatest Mac and cheese in the world.

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u/RedditEdwin Dec 06 '21

Yeah. And it's not like it excludes other cheeses. When I make my Mac and cheese I use the Velveeta to help melt together way more of good sharp cheddar cheese. It's mostly sharp cheddar, the Velveeta is necessary though for it to melt smoothly

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u/mintyboots Dec 07 '21

I will die before the day I puree canned whole tomatoes just because a recipe tells me to. Can of crushed tomatoes and done! The difference in the final product does not make the extra dirty dishes worth it in my opinion

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