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Old 05-05-2011, 02:21 PM   #21
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Space here, too.
Oh, and baking. I can't stand getting flour everywhere. If I had more space though, that frustration would be eliminated.

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Old 05-05-2011, 02:34 PM   #22
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After having gone to the grocery store for the week, I want to make everything I had planned... NOW!

I hate freezing proteins. I want them fresh whenever I cook, but I don't want to waste gasoline driving back and forth to the store every other day. And even in the refrigerator, I generally don't trust them after more than three days. What I have is an enigma.

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Old 05-05-2011, 02:59 PM   #23
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I've learned to deal with less than my ideal kitchen. I make new dishes on a regular basis because I want to try new stuff and keep meals from getting boring. I know I'll never get to them all.

What really frustrates me more than everything else, to the point of madness, is my family - my SO, sister, BIL, two daughters, a SIL and a grandson.

They are collectively some of the fussiest eaters on the planet. The worst of it is that they all dislike different things so I can't get by with avoiding just one food or food group.

I end up exasperated and cook the same old stuff.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:08 PM   #24
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If salt more over than demand in the recipesí!
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:30 PM   #25
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My biggest frustration is rice. I seem to have trouble making nice fluffy rice. I've even invested in a rice cooker. Rinsing it before hand, not rinsing, more water (too mushy) less water (burns). If I'm adding it to a casserole, I do okay but to make it as a side dish or to have for fried rice, I lack some essential skill.
I could give up chocolate but I'm no quitter!
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:35 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Bigjim68 View Post
You must not have ever tasted chocolate chip cookies made according to the original recipe, so hot out of the oven that they burn your tongue, so limp that you cannot pick them up, and so chocolatey that licking your fingers is a given.
Actually those cookies are what made me think I could cook other kinds. I used the recipe on the bag of chocolate chips and made them every year for Christmas. They were perfect every time.

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Old 05-05-2011, 03:43 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by jabbur View Post
My biggest frustration is rice.
get a scale.
weigh the rice
weigh the water
combine in a pot with a dab of butter & salt
bring to simmer
put in preheated oven 350F for 20 minutes
remove, leave cover on, let sit 10-15 minutes

for two people
120 grams Carolina brand enriched white rice
235 grams water

other rice brands and types and sorts (brown, long grain, etc and yadda yadda) _will_ vary. that is _will_ vary - that is not "may" vary or "could" vary.

it's "adjusted" for size from Alton Brown's method. doing it for years, never fails.

keep notes - especially with different rices.
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Old 05-05-2011, 04:38 PM   #28
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My biggest frustration is the space in my kitchen. I used to have a very big kitchen in my previous house with a big table on the side and a lot of shelves for storage and two wide bars for preparing or cutting food. Now I have a small kitchen with only about 1/2 meter by 1/4 meter bar for preparing the food and no table and no shelves. So I always have a problem in storage. And when I am cooking I don't know where to put the finished pans or pots. The frustration gets bigger when I am inviting friends for dinner because I cook 5-6 items which makes me in a complete mess.
"What's For Dinner Tonight?" is my everyday question that I ask for myself.
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:10 PM   #29
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#1 Space
#2 The constantly asked question "Do you need any help?"
Quoth the chicken, "Fry some more."
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:43 PM   #30
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Looks like space is clearly in the lead. That's probably why renovating kitchens is such a lucrative project. You tend to put money where you notice it the most.

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