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Old 12-05-2007, 04:47 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by bowlingshirt View Post
Go to a bookstore and browse some cookbooks. Some books will have difficulty ratings for the recipes. Get one of those books and just scan for the simple stuff.
Look for the cookbooks aimed at students - they tend to have the more basic recipes. Do NOT go for TV Chef books - they tend to overcomplicate things, great food but not easy.

The other good ones are Goodhousekeeping cookbook or a Mrs Beetons if you can get hold of one.

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Old 12-05-2007, 05:07 PM   #12
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If you're a fan of seafood try this. it's quick, easy and SO darn good.

2 packages of immatation crab meat
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 jar of any brand vodka sauce
1/2 cup olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 can of black beans
1 can of corn
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
salt to your taste
1 package of egg noodles

Cook egg noodles according to package.

While the noodles cook, in a skillet heat oil, add onion and crab meat. cook until the onions get some color.
add corn, beans and all seasonings. stir and cook for a few minutes to let all the flavors come together.

Add cream and vodka sauce. let simmer on low for about 4-5 minutes.

Drain noodles, pour the noodles in to the skillet, stir to coat all noodles with sauce.

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Old 12-05-2007, 05:12 PM   #13
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Leafs, go to your area library and see what it has on the shelves. You'll be able to check out some cookbooks without buying them. Look for some basic ones and read them like you would read any other book. I do that all the time. It will help you to familiarize yourself with terms, techniques, measurements, etc. Many will have some photographs so you can see what the dishes should look like when done.
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
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Old 12-05-2007, 05:34 PM   #14
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1 nonstick pan
1 egg
1 teaspoon basamic viniger
1 teaspoon soy sauce

Cook sunny side up and add BV and SS. Go over easy and serve

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Old 12-05-2007, 06:26 PM   #15
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I posted a recipe for stuffed shells in the thread ISO cheap and easy Recipies. There are other easy recipies there as well as mine. I'd link you to it,but haven't figured out how to do that yet. Good Luck in your cooking.

EDITED: Here is the link to Mikki's recipe for stuffed shells
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:59 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by LeafsFan1122 View Post
I'd like to get some suggestions on some really simple foods to attempt to cook. I have very little experience but I would like to start practicing at home.

What are some of the easiest things to make? Could be pastry, a full meal, dessert, anything really.

A lot of the simpler things would be Spaghetti. Use a canned sauce, fix it up with meat, 'shrooms etc. as you think fit. As you progress you can start making your own sauce.

Roasted meats are simple. roast in pot with veggies and water/wine learn what spices taste like.

Honestly... just start cooking. Pick out something not terribly complicated and follow the recipe BUT as you follow the recipe, figure out WHY you are adding or doing what you are doing.
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:16 PM   #17
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Leaf, no one can tell you how to learn to cook until they know what you can do.

Can you fry an egg? Can you make a hamburger? Until folks know your basic skills I don't know how they can give you recipes.
Before criticizing a person, walk a mile in his shoes - then you are a mile away and you have his shoes!
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:58 AM   #18
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leaf fans Try to get the Joy of cooking and old one preferably and try some of the simple dishes in the book. This book runs from very easy to complicated with plenty of easy in the catagorys you were suggesting. Study the technique's, the how's and why's of cooking and in no time you will be cooking for your girl friend/family/friends and loving every minute, good luck all ways smile
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:52 AM   #19
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Can I suggest you go to nearest Toronto Public Library and look in the Cookery section -Section 641.5 They have a big collection of books. Or ask at the Information desk, they are very nice and helpful. And they have also the ethnic section where you can find recipes from different countries.
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:55 AM   #20
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Sorry,I sent the message before finishing. In the library you can see the book and browse through the big collection, so you will be able to choose the one really you want to buy.

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