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Old 02-10-2006, 07:49 PM   #1
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What have you learned from DC?

I was thinking about this the other day....
Here's a short list of what I've learned since joining this forum:

1. Probably the most important (and simplist!) season (especially the salt) as you go along, not at the end - it makes a lot of difference (don't be so afraid of salt that you use too little)
2. When you are roasting potatoes, don't add so many to the roasting pan that they steam - they won't get crispy <---- BIG BIG deal for me
3. for that matter....when browning things like skinless chicken breasts, don't put too many pieces in the pan so that they're so close together they steam instead of brown....be patient and cook a batch at a time
4. There are some good pre-prepared products out there - don't be a snob
Trader Joe's is a good place to look for these things!

5. You can make a gravy without using flour by reducing the liquid content
--- red wine added in the process of the gravy works well
6. Penzey's is a good place to find and buy herbs and spice

Plus more...I've learned a lot here....


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Old 02-10-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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How wonderfully kind and helpful people can be.

How a large group of people can quickly become friends
who though they've never met can really care about one and another.

And some great cooking hints too.

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Old 02-11-2006, 11:21 AM   #3
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Lots of great tips, whether cooking, cleaning, whatever!
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I'm very glad that I found this place!
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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I've learned that cooks can be some of the nicest people I've ever met.
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:48 AM   #5
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I agree with all of the above and can say I've found some very good help here and quite promptly usually. Also, lots of wonderful ideas I'd never have thought on my own. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:52 AM   #6
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1. canadians are fun to tease
2. aussies are fun to tease
3. englishmen, irishmen, and scots are fun to tease
4. italians are fun to tease, so long as they're cooking
5. if i forgotten your nationality, i probably haven't teased you, yet.

seriously tho, i have learned so much from all of the good people here i couldn't begin to list everything, nor thank everyone enough.

edited to add:6. it's particularly fun to tease people from subdivisionland!!!
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Old 02-11-2006, 12:49 PM   #7
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I've learned so much...
1- men really do cook and very well
2-Like SandyJ said salting each layer of food
3- How to make an even better roux
4-I'm getting the hang of making cakes and nice desserts
5-learning how much fun it is to share recipes and ideas
6- and yes Virginia, there is a forum that welcomes you with open arms, and does not try to chew you up and spit you out..Is well run, easy to use, is informative, and lots of fun
7-how nice it is to make such wonderful friends.
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Old 02-11-2006, 01:17 PM   #8
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1/ I have learned that this is a better place to be than as DH call them a "Witch Doctor" office...Our Dr. has him seeing one to determine if he has dementia..so far so good.

2/ That our members really do care about each other, ( Love to all of you)

3/ That we have some wonderful cooks here.
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Old 02-11-2006, 02:28 PM   #9
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SOOOO much in such a short amount of time:

1. people here are really nice
2. hard boiled eggs don't last more than a couple days in fridge (just this morning I read that one)
3. alot about buying pans - cleaning them, cooking on them too
4. great recipes
5. hints on buying a thermometer
6. lots of tips
7. so important, had to mention it again, GREAT PEOPLE!
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Old 02-11-2006, 03:29 PM   #10
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That some Americans have a very different take on food (which sometimes I find unappealing).

However there are things that Americans seem to have down pat such as proper barbecueing (Aussies love to barbecue...but since 99.9% of Australians use a gas barbecue its not really barbecueing but just cooking on a stove outdoors) and the art of slow cooking such as using a slow cooker or the extensive use of cooking in the oven (Australians don't really cook that much in the oven apart from roasts and maybe a lasagne or two) such as casseroles.

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