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Old 09-24-2009, 11:28 AM   #11
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Well, vegetable oil can be used for a variety of things. I've also used canola oil when the hubs was having issues with cholesterol. Olive oil is nice but I wouldn't use it as an everyday frying oil. It does make good salad dressings and marinades. Spices I keep on hand forever is always salt and pepper, garlic in one form or another. I like fresh but, you can also use granulated,powder and garlic salt. Just don't add as much regular salt if you use that. Oregano, basil, thyme, are more good ones that you can add to all kinds of dishes. As well as Lowry's seasoned salt or Mrs Dash or one of the multi blends like that.
When I saute, it depends on what I'm cooking in the order of how I do it.
Do you have any recipes yet that you're looking at or that you like? Are you in a dorm or a house or apt.?
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:42 PM   #12
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I'm living in an apartment so it's a pretty standard kitchen setup. In addition I have a small rice cooker with steam tray and a George Foreman grill.

Recipes... I'm still making pretty basic stuff but here's what I've done recently.

Last night I stir-fryed/satueed (whatever) strips of pork and broccoli using olive oil and then adding some soy sauce in later. To go with that I made brown rice in the cooker.

Tonight I made skinless chicken breast on the foreman (plain with bbq sauce added after cooking. And in the rice cooker I had brown rice and in the steam tray there was shelled edamame, broccoli, and baby carrots tossed in a olive oil and a McCormick's all-purpose spice.

Any tips or thoughts?
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:00 AM   #13
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Sounds like you've got a good handle on things. The George grill is great for pressed sandwiches as well. Hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, anything you can think of. And you already know the steamer is good for all of your vegs.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:32 AM   #14
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Yea i guess i'm not completely helpless in the kitchen. But yesterday I made the mistake of not defrosting chicken before trying to take it out of the package and prepare it. That ended up being trouble. How long does it take to defrost something from the freezer to fridge?

Also I'm trying to add a little more flavor to my steamed vegetables. Any ideas? Yesterday I tried olive oil and an all-purpose spice. It wasn't bad but could use something extra?
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:06 AM   #15
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You could use a flavored water. Don't know if that would hurt your steamer or not. Lemon juice is always good. Or use a little wine.
I've taken a chicken out of my deep freezer and it's taken 2 days to thaw in the fridge. On the other hand if it's just in my fridge freezer, it usually only takes a day.
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:09 AM   #16
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You could use a flavored water.
Flavored water like Fruit-2-o or Propel?
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Old 09-25-2009, 11:13 AM   #17
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Sorry no. I was thinking of something more like adding chicken broth or base. Or putting lemon juice and wedges in there. You can also add orange or fresh herbs. You can do the same with your rice too.
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Chicken broth sounds good. Have you had any experience working with broth and a rice cooker? I was wondering if that could have any ill effects on the cooker.

What about your go-to recipes? Do you have any that you can always count on for a good, statisfying meal?
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:04 PM   #19
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Tons. And I'm sure there are tons on this site as well. What base do you want to use? What kind of meats, etc.
Never used a rice cooker. Always did it in big pots. LOL. What do the manufactures directions say?
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:33 PM   #20
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Sorry for the delay. Weekends are hectic to say the least.

I usually like to have either chicken breast or pork as my base. Last night I used turkey for the first time (made turkey burgers).

Anything for starters?
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