Want to Learn to Cook for My Man

  • ImUrSuprman05

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    Sep 02, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    My boyfriend is ah-mazing in the kitchen. I on the other hand can burn toast like nobody's business. But my guy works super hard and sometimes comes home too tired to cook, even tho he loves to do it. I want to be able to cook him meals that are edible. And I also want to help improve what little cooking skills I have.

    So, does anybody have suggestions on cheap cooking classes (in the Chicago area, or all around)? I know that sometimes Whole Foods will put on classes. I've also looked at Williams-Sonoma. Any other suggestions?
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:47 AM GMT
    Well, not quite sure how useful or practical this'll be, but this is how I learned to be a great cook: Be a fat child. Being a tubbo 10 year old sent me well on my way to mastering the nuances of cooking from a very early age. Because no fat child enjoys a hobby more than one you can eat the end of the day.
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    Sep 02, 2010 4:55 AM GMT
    http://www.dominos.com
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
    I used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:04 AM GMT
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.
  • rdberg1957

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    Sep 02, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
    I learned how to make an omelette by watching Jeff Smith, the Frugal Gourmet. Lots of heat, lots of butter. I also learned some from Julia Child (1982) Chicken a la Creme. You can pick up things here and there. Maybe you want a basics class.
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif
  • TadPohl

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    Sep 02, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    Check out http://thestagcook.blogspot.com/
    I've tried out all of the recipes on friends and family with great results.
    I also promise that it's pretty fool proof. There are easy video instructions alongside the text to help you find your way around making a nice dinner or dessert.

    Good luck!
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    GOURMET FOOD FIGHT! icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:18 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    GOURMET FOOD FIGHT! icon_twisted.gif


    How about we skip the food fight and I just eat certain foods off your naked body icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:20 AM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    GOURMET FOOD FIGHT! icon_twisted.gif


    How about we skip the food fight and I just eat certain foods off your naked body icon_twisted.gif


    Ok but as long as they're off Alton Brown's Thanksgiving menu.
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    GOURMET FOOD FIGHT! icon_twisted.gif


    How about we skip the food fight and I just eat certain foods off your naked body icon_twisted.gif


    Ok but as long as they're off Alton Brown's Thanksgiving menu.


    How about Giada's?
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    Sep 02, 2010 5:23 AM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    GOURMET FOOD FIGHT! icon_twisted.gif


    How about we skip the food fight and I just eat certain foods off your naked body icon_twisted.gif


    Ok but as long as they're off Alton Brown's Thanksgiving menu.


    How about Giada's?


    Hey as long as there's a turkey leg in my bad touch place is all good.
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    Sep 02, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Start simple try making something with pasta like spaghetti with meat sauce. All you have to do is cook the meat. Get a pound of lean ground beef and brown it in a skillet. I don't know your skill level so set the flame on medium and place skillet on the stove. Let it heat up. Put your hand to skillet you should be able feel the heat. While skillet is heating up season the meat with some oregano light garlic salt, a dash of pepper. You can also sautee some onions and bell peppers but I don't know if you're there yet.Don't over season because the sauce you buy will already be season. Whole Foods has some good sauces.
    Now put meat in the pan and use a continue to break it up as it cooks. Its gonna cook faster because its lean so watch it. Next get another large pot for the sauce and place it on the stove. When the meat is browned through put it in the large pot. Now pour the sauce over the meat and stir. Turn the burner for the sauce on low/med. and stir the sauce meat combo. let the sauce simmer while you get the water for the pasts.

    Get a second med. to large pot and fill it half wat with water. Add a dash of salt and some olive oil to the water. Put it on the stove on med/high heat. When the water boils then add the spaghetti. DO NOT BREAK the spaghetti. It should cook for about 10-15 min. I'm assuming you can make a salad yes?
    This should get you started

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    Sep 02, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
    Thank God for my Grandma and mom taught me how to cookicon_cool.gif
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    Sep 02, 2010 11:50 AM GMT
    I learned by watching a shit load of cooking shows and learning from my mistakes. goodness the mistakes I made while trying to cook when I was younger...
  • Latenight30

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    Sep 02, 2010 11:59 AM GMT
    First your man will love you so much for cooking for him. I know mine does. After a hard day it makes him smile.
    You tube, and just cook books. It's all about timing. If you can read you can cook and the rest is how to watch and time things.
    Good luck.
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    Sep 02, 2010 12:19 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle has some great advice.

    My partner didn't know how to cook when I met him and would order take out every night or eat at his mother's apartment.

    I started by having him assist me in the kitchen (I started calling him my sous chef). When I'm too tired to cook, the one thing I hate doing is chopping vegetables (especially onions). He now preps the food for me as I cook it. He's started to pick up some things by watching me and it turns out he picked up some things from watching his mother as well.

    I really enjoy having him in the kitchen with me and it gives us an opportunity to chat with each other.

    I've also taught my partner to make some simple meals and he can do that when I'm not in the mood at all to cook.

    We've started making one thing that's very easy.

    We steam some frozen or fresh vegetables in a separate pan.

    We chop up an onion and 2-3 cloves of garlic and cook them in a large skillet with 2 tsp. of olive oil till the onion is tender. You could also add fresh mushrooms and red or green peppers if you like them.

    We then add a a pound turkey sausage, ground turkey, or ground chicken and stir frequently till it's cooked all the way through.

    I then add the vegetables to the meat and add seasoning to it to taste. We usually add salt and pepper, dried Italian seasonings (or fresh basil, rosemary, thyme, etc.). I sometimes add a dash of crushed red pepper for spice.

    I've started adding some white wine to it and it adds a nice taste.

    We usually have it with rice or on pasta. You may need to add a bit more olive oil if you have it with pasta.

    We can make this in 20 minutes or less.
  • ImUrSuprman05

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    Sep 02, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    I appreciate all the responses guys!

    For the recipes - I will definitely try those out.

    As for Dominos - I would probably be put in the dog house if he came home to that. A.) He's a complete foodie so Dominos is kinda gross to him, and B.) He tries to eat as healthy as possible... so Dominos is completely gross to him.

    I've managed to find a couple of beginners classes for around $40-50 that supposedly teach basic knife techniques and kitchen tools that I am thinking of enrolling in. (I think one of them is actually at a Whole Foods).

    But please don't stop - keep the ideas coming!
  • LJay

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    Sep 02, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Watching Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals is a good idea. Her stuff isn't fancy, but it is realistic and not too complicated.

    Get your roomie to let you help and show you simple things. For me, having someone to hang out with and pour the wine or open beers is a great boost in the kitchen.

    Alton Brown is great fun to watch and a great way to learn the whys and wherefores behind cooking. He is also a bit kinky and very bright. Look up back episodes if you can.

    Ina Garten is wonderful, especially after you get a little experience. Her recipes have the reputation for being uniformly good.

    Giada is gorgeous. Doesn't matter if you are gay. She is Gorgeous. And she does neat food, a lot of it pretty simple.

    A couple of other suggestions:

    Get roomie to teach you how to put together a salad. Then learn a couple of additions. It goes with most everything and you can add leftovers like cold chicken or even deli met to make a light supper or lunch.

    Learn about three simple main dishes, say spaghetti made with jar sauce and hamburger, Baked chicken pieces, broiled pork chops. With a salad and bread you have a meal at least good enough to give roomie a break once in a while and if you add a bottle of wine you can relax and feel gourmet.


    One last thing: Get roomie to go to a good book store with you and look over basic cookbooks that teach techniques. Even kids' books. Or check some out of the library. Don't start big, just have fun.
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    Sep 02, 2010 1:11 PM GMT
    DONNA HAY!

    Get her cook books as fast as you can! You'll never regret it. The best food is the simplest but we look past what's easy for something more complicated when we want to impress someone. Don't!

    Donna Hay's books are not just a great source for learning, they are some of the most beautiful cook books you'll ever find (she used to be a photo stylist). Your BF will probably be impressed that you have them in the house.

    I have New Food Now and The Instant Cook. I won't ever be without them. I imagine there must be more but I'm not through with the ones I have yet.

    Trust me!!!
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  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 02, 2010 1:22 PM GMT
    ImUrSuprman05 saidMy boyfriend is ah-mazing in the kitchen. I on the other hand can burn toast like nobody's business. But my guy works super hard and sometimes comes home too tired to cook, even tho he loves to do it. I want to be able to cook him meals that are edible. And I also want to help improve what little cooking skills I have.

    So, does anybody have suggestions on cheap cooking classes (in the Chicago area, or all around)? I know that sometimes Whole Foods will put on classes. I've also looked at Williams-Sonoma. Any other suggestions?


    Let Chef Jeff here help you out! I consider myself accomplished in the kitchen as a home chef and here is what I would like to suggest:

    You have my heart and desires in mind in thinking of classes from Whole Foods and Williams-Sonoma as I love both places (so does my wallet), however, you can do just as well by watching a few of the cooking shows on Food Network on Saturday mornings between 10 AM and 2 PM.

    A FN personality that I consider a "mentor" is Ina Garten with her show "Barefoot Contessa." Her style appeals to me completely (and along with many of her gay friends that appear on her show). I have all of her cookbooks, but the one I suggest you buy is Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics. The recipes are not difficult to follow and feature ingredients that you can find anywhere (if you are a Whole Foods addict like I am), they have the over-the-top stuff.

    Lastly, go to the Food Network's website and use their search engine for recipe ideas. If you type in "meat loaf" you'll get a number of good recipes for it and it will tell you the "difficulty factor" for it as well.

    Cooking is not hard. If you see something that looks great, just go out there and make it. If you have a kitchen disaster (happens to me, but the fire department has not been called yet), don't sweat it. Try again!

    Hope this helps you out. Happy cooking!
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 02, 2010 1:33 PM GMT
    collegekid2004 said
    Ciarsolo said
    collegekid2004 saidI used to be terrible at cooking as well, but what helped me the most...Food Network and practice. Ina Garten is a gift from God!


    Alton Brown can beat her up.


    YOU TAKE THAT BACK! icon_evil.gif


    Yeah! Take that back! Alton Brown is good, but he is no Ina Garten!
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    Sep 02, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    It`s easy just use the internet...... couldn`t be easier....icon_idea.gif
  • metta

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    Sep 02, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    Watch the Food Network. icon_smile.gif

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/

    Too bad the guys are not as good looking as the ones on HGTV.