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Old 08-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #21
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I think learning to shop is an important part of good cooking.
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #22
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I've been thinking about this some more. While I think it's a great idea to make sure he has several go-to recipes at the end of the six weeks, it might be better to start with teaching basic skills and techniques that he can continue to develop on his own. Knife skills; measuring solids and liquids; different cuts of meats and poultry and their characteristics; sauces, marinades and how to maintain an emulsion; differences between searing, sauteeing, roasting, baking, grilling, poaching, boiling, etc. Just like in culinary school
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #23
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Start with a turkey or a chicken or a beef roast.

Roast it.

Then strrrreeeetttttcccchhhhhh that protein into at leat 5 other meals.

So simple to do with larger proteins.

Then show him how to portion and freeze for quick dinner nights.

You should have a great time working with such a blank canvas .. let us know how it goes !
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:56 PM   #24
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I was planning on teaching him how to use a knife and some basics, kinda like what we learned in the cooking part of home ec in 7th and 8th grades.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:19 PM   #25
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I think learning to shop is an important part of good cooking.
I used to take my Girl Scouts shopping for all the ingredients they would need for a meal they were to cook for their family. Their family gave each of them ten dollars to shop with. What a lesson they learned. About the ingredients that went into a dish and the cost of the food. Opened their eyes.
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:47 AM   #26
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Hey CW, you know how we begged bakechef into starting a thread so we could tag along on their wedding preps? Well, IF you can find a minute to breathe and type, would you be so kind as to get a thread going about your adventures in teaching? I think a lot of us would enjoy following along. That's IF you can find time. Whatever you end up going over with him, I hope you two have a fun time.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:45 AM   #27
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For me, spaghetti bolognese, chicken curry and lasagne
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:15 AM   #28
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Hey CW, you know how we begged bakechef into starting a thread so we could tag along on their wedding preps? Well, IF you can find a minute to breathe and type, would you be so kind as to get a thread going about your adventures in teaching? I think a lot of us would enjoy following along. That's IF you can find time. Whatever you end up going over with him, I hope you two have a fun time.
Sorry, sorry....I think this IS that thread...
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:33 AM   #29
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I start a lot of my pasta dishes the same way every time. Then, just introduce different ingredients depending what I want to call it. As long as I have garlic, onions, parmesan and fresh parsley, I can do many different things, depending on whats in the freezer, crisper or pantry...

Roast chicken and potatoes is my favorite classic meal.....
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:46 AM   #30
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Like you, I don't cook much from recipes (unless I'm baking). Rather than teach specific recipes, I would probably teach him a few basic techniques:

  • How to cook eggs
  • How to know when meat is done
  • How to cook pasta and rice
  • How to steam or stir fry veggies
  • How to follow a recipe

I know the last one sounds sort of vague, but I would find out what kind of foods he's interested in, show him where to find recipes on the internet, and then walk him through a couple. Once people learn recipes, it gives them the confidence to try some things on their own.
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