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Old 08-30-2005, 02:37 PM   #11
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I like the idea of listing the recipe in compatible groupings...

I also clean as I go... I always have one of the sinks (double sink in the kitchen is a MUST for me) ready to wash up as I go... really helps keep me from getting lost in the mess. I add hot water to the sink as needed to keep it at a good temp.
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Old 09-07-2005, 11:54 PM   #12
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The first thing I do when cook is go grab a cold beer or a glass of wine, you know cooking is hard and you need to start to marinate early.

oh yeah and turn on some tunes, that always make the food taste better
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Old 09-11-2005, 03:29 PM   #13
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I too take everything out and put it on the counter where I am assembling my dish . As I add an ingrediant I put it away (I do this especially when I am baking) that way I do not have to wonder if I added that ingrediant if I get distracted.
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Old 10-04-2005, 07:09 PM   #14
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I am terrible about mise en place unless I'm stir frying. That goes so fast that everything MUST be cut and ready to toss in. I don't believe in cleaning as I go as a general rule. In our house, s/he who cooks, doesn't clean. If hubby cooks, I sit at the kitchen table and clean as necessary and vice-versa. I do 98% of the cooking. I feel that "clean up as you go along" tends to amount to "you're so foolish that you're willing to cook, so you get punished by having to do all the cleaning, too." I just won't buy into that. I love to cook, and hate to clean, so simply don't feel like I should be punished for cooking ... it can very quickly turn into that.

But the mise en place I'm trying to be better at. I have unsteady, shaky hands, and will occaisionally ask hubby to chop onions or garlic for me. But I really DO know I need to be better at getting all my spices and condiments in line before I start. Part of the problem is that I don't generally stick to a recipe (I own a quite large collection of cookbooks and magazines, but tend to look up 2-4 recipes, then work from my imagination). So I find myself in the middle of something, and think, my goodness, this needs .......XXXXXXX and have to cull through the fridge or spice shelf. My mom never did mise en place, and if I had a kid interested in cooking, that's one thing I'd try to impress upon him/her.
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