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The joy thereof [Nov. 3rd, 2005|09:42 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

What am I doing in this extra 1.5 hours every day that I have, now that I'm not commuting to work? To my surprise, I find that I'm cooking. I'm trying to do "serious" cooking a couple of nights a week. The first week, I did meterbridge's time-tested chocolate-chip cookie recipe and leadsynth's excellent lentil soup recipe. Since then, I've been branching out a bit more.

Since I'm not going out to restaurants for lunch like I used to do a lot, I have a little more money to spend on groceries, and I find I'm spending a lot of it in the produce section. In Chicago, I had a chronic spinach habit, but that was about it. I might have gotten carrots or cucumbers if they were on sale, and I ate a lot of salad, but I didn't really take cooking with vegetables under consideration. Here, I've been doing that much more. I made a bad-ass stir-fry with broccoli and carrots a few days ago. Normally, I wouldn't count stir-fry as "serious", since it's pretty easy; it's not much harder than making spaghetti, which definitely doesn't count. But this particular stir-fry sneaks into the serious column because I did something that I'd never done before: roasted some walnuts and tossed them in. The roasted walnuts turned the tofu purple! It was beautiful against the orange and green veggies. Oh, yeah, it tasted good too.

I'm learning a little bit from everything I do. I had a less successful stir-fry experience involving snow peas -- I overcooked it, and next time I'll know not to turn the heat so high. And if I had known that those mushrooms I sauteed were going to cook down to half their size, I definitely wouldn't have chopped 'em so small! Tonight, though, I didn't screw anything up -- I baked some potatoes, sliced 'em and threw 'em in a pan with olive oil, onions, carrots, salt and pepper, then put the mixture inside of flour tortillas with melted cheddar cheese, and it was fantastic. I'm still blown away by how carrots, and especially onions, can become so sweet once cooked; it's amazing that the mere act of heating something up can change its flavor so much. But then, you experienced cooks already knew all about that. I'm kind of just discovering it now.

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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-11-04 03:45 pm (UTC)
*is kind of scared*
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-04 10:39 pm (UTC)
Of me trying to cook? ;)
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-11-04 11:20 pm (UTC)
no.

of you pontificating about it.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-05 11:06 pm (UTC)
This ain't pontificating.
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[User Picture]From: sonetka
2005-11-04 11:37 pm (UTC)
All those dishes sound fantastic; the last one especially. I'm pretty bad at cooking all-vegetable main dishes, mostly because A. is really, really non-vegetable-oriented and, not being his mother, I'm not going to spend dinner nagging at him to try just ONE bite, okay? I usually keep the vegetables on the side or mix them into stews or chilis. I think the fact that we somehow never acquired a wok got in the way.

/Plans to acquire a wok at some point soon in preparation for indoctrinating Daniel in the Way Of The Vegetable.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-05 04:43 am (UTC)
Do it! He's yours to mold! And when he's older, you and he can eat veggies together, all the while remarking loudly on how much Dad is missing out. ;)
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[User Picture]From: meterbridge
2005-11-05 02:27 am (UTC)
Aaaaaaaaaaaand how did the cookies turn out?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-05 04:21 am (UTC)
Well, one of my roommates said "These cookies are evil" as she crammed them in her mouth. But since they also managed to lure my other, more reclusive roomie out of his room, I think they were actually a force for good. =)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-07 04:21 am (UTC)
That's neat. But how about a feature that will reject anything as simple as a peanut butter and banana sandwich recipe, for cryin' out loud. I mean, sheesh. The title of the recipe says all you need to know. ;)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-07 06:18 am (UTC)

So give me an account, then. You know what to use.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-07 07:38 pm (UTC)

Oh, burn.

I GUESS RAILS DOESN'T DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-08 02:20 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, burn.

Ahem. I'm busy WORKING to make MONEY so I can buy a COMPUTER so I can actually DO the things in the Rails book. ;)
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-08 06:25 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, burn.

I never claimed to be a real hacker. Silver = PowerBook.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2005-11-10 04:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh, burn.

Etch-A-Sketch!
Etch-A-Sketch CAAAAN!
Anybody in their right mind could see
It's you and me.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2005-11-11 02:21 am (UTC)

Re: Oh, burn.

Will, you don't realize you're talking to someone who has been collecting Van Halen misheard lyrics for the past eight years.

NINJA POINTS REVOKED.
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