Helping out a friend (Cooking related)

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 46
2919 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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gwenchilada :  hey thanks so much for the info!! I will definitely give that a whirl. I’m picturing roasted veggies for dinner every freaking night now mmmmmm 😍 And congrats on the little one! 

Post # 47
11392 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

TWO WORDS! This might sound too intense for a newbie, but it’s super easy and foolproof and the food is ah-may-zing. 

Sous vide.

Eggs, vegetables, meat, etc- toss it in, use app to deal with the cooking temps and turning it off, done. I have the Anova which works with my phone. 

Also seconding the Instant Pot. I don’t use mine as much since I got the sous vide, but it’s great for meatballs and stews and last minute cooking of frozen chicken, etc. a must have for anyone who isn’t home all day to cook because it can speed the process up so much. 

Seconding also the food safety recommendation  and basic skills in the kitchen. 


Post # 48
1191 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

How old are his kids? It might be fun to get them involved in cooking, too, so they learn those skills from an early age, and are more likely to eat the food they helped to make. I also like the idea of making large batches of things he likes once he gets the recipes down so he can freeze and re-heat later. Trader Joe’s has tons of great frozen things he can just apply heat to and combine. Cup of Jo is doing (or maybe did last month) a roundup of Trader Joes “hacks” that could be good for him to try, like a hash brown casserole.

One thought – and depending on his personality this might not be an issue – but my husband only started to branch out as a cook after we got together and even more so since we got married, because I don’t eat meat and his go-to for himself used to be pasta or rice with meat every night. He’s done a great job overall, but sometimes he’ll find a recipe that appeals to him and then tweak it the first time he tries it. And then he won’t like it and food gets wasted. I keep telling him to try it as the recipe says the first time and then decide what to change. Someone with more experience in the kitchen can look at a recipe and alter it and have it turn out great, but he needs more practice before he does that. Depending on how confident your friend feels about his palate this may or may not be an issue, just wanted to float it as something to watch out for so he doesn’t get discouraged.

If your friend does get an Instant Pot, it’s been our experience that you really need to up the flavorful ingredients or things can turn out bland.

Lastly, the lesson I most remember from learning to cook as a teen is that starting with onion and garlic sauteeing in a pan is a good base for tons of recipes. Good luck!

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