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Old 01-01-2014, 04:33 PM   #1
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New guy from Texas

Hello! My name is Brandon and I am a total novice at cooking. I feel that it would be a very good skill to learn and that is why I am here. My current diet consists primarily of cold cut sandwiches and take out! Definitely not a good thing. I'm looking forward to reading up a bunch of stuff on the forums, and getting insight when I feel most lost from the more experienced people here.

Wish me luck!

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Old 01-01-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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Hi, Brandon! Welcome to DC. We were all novices at some point, and are all still novices at some things. Do you have a place that you wish to start?

Soups and stews are pretty forgiving for a new cook. So is grilling. What types of foods do you want to cook? Chances are there will be someone who is interested in those same things.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome. I haven't fully put much thought into what I want to learn how to cook. I'd like to learn to cook all kinds of things from omelettes to stir fries to delicious steaks to fancy desserts. I live alone, so if I do try something, and butcher it, its not a big deal to make a PB&J and try again the next night.

Biggest set-back will probably be the fact that I do not eat chicken. I don't much care for it. So I'll be steering clear of chicken recipes.
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Old 01-01-2014, 06:24 PM   #4
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Hi GI JOE.
Welcome to DC.

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Old 01-01-2014, 08:16 PM   #5
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Is there any place I should start? A sticky or a forum for newbies? I really don't know where I should start, other than buying ingredients and trying recipes. Which seems like it could become a real waste of money.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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Maybe if you told us what you would like to start with we could point you in the right direction.
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Old 01-01-2014, 08:55 PM   #7
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Welcome to DC! I take it you were in the military? If so, thanks for your service

Take your time, peruse this forum, lots of great recipes! We all started out as new cooks!
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Since your interested in Stir Frying read Stir-Frying to the sky's edge by Grace Young. It has helped me a lot.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #9
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What types of things do you have access?

Slow cooker?

Big pot for cooking?

Skillets?

Omelets are not difficult and are a good way to use up some leftovers. Also, they can make a fast meal. So what to make first. Without knowing a single thing about you, I suggest Chili. Here is why: No two people make it the same, so you can get input from everyone. Brawls have started over who makes the best chili...so once you have a great recipe in the bag, you can challenge friends. It's pretty forgiving regarding cooking times.

You have choices to make: Beans/no beans. Tomatoes/no tomatoes. Meat choices: beef, buffalo, bison, deer, chicken...tofu. Okay, the last one may cost you some throw down points in SOME circles, but will impress others to pieces. The list goes on and on.

So...consider the meat, and make a few choices and search here for chili....or toss it in Google. I'm a beef/deer, with beans, and tomatoes type of girl, personally. When I searched for Beef chili recipe with beans and tomatoes, this is the result that I was given on Google. Pick one and we will all suggest a side. :)
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Old 01-01-2014, 11:26 PM   #10
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Quick responses to your posts before I do a little more reading and go to bed...

Dawglover, No i was not in the military. This is just the same screen name i've used online since I was 12. Wish I could have joined, and fully support the military in every way that I can though.

Thanks powerplantop for the book suggestion. I'll check it out. I work in the nuclear power industry so based on your screen name, we may have a little bit in common, work wise.

kathleen, right now, I have a couple of those $100 pots and pans sets. One is stainless steel, and the other is teflon coated. No cast iron, no huge pots, no slow cookers. Anything I may need (with a reasonable price tag), I don't mind running out to pick up though.

I suppose I just need to jump in head first instead of trying to get my feet a little wet. I'm going to dig up a couple recipes and go grocery shopping tomorrow.
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