Favorite Cookbooks

What are you favorite cookbooks? I like the “Aunt Bea’s Mayberry Cookbook”. lots of great southern recipes and funny stuff to read from the show. I also have “The Joy of Cooking” to refer to.
A book called , by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine. It’s as much a food textbook as a cookbook, explaining the science and reason behind cooking methods. They test dozens of variations of each recipe and technique, and tell you what worked and why. The magazine is awesome, too.


I love to cook. I’m pretty decent- I’m still living with my parents and attending high school. I like to think I can cook better than both my parents and ESPECIALLY better than my two siblings.

Chicken is by far my favorite meat; this is because it goes so well with so many styles. I’m looking for some new suggestions in cooking.

With the aforesaid having been said, please post your favorite chicken recipe. Give a little insight on how it will taste, what it tastes like, how healthy* it is, etc. I personally love the taste of buffalo sauce, garlic, mesquite BBQ, and some others. I also love the taste of cheese, peppers, onions, etc. Thanks in advance!

Lobster Din din’s

Im having a lobster dinner this week, let’s have some suggestions for side dishes and other tips….. (first time cooking lobster)

twice stuffed potatoes is always good with lobsters, or potatoes au gratin even

as far as cooking lobsters, i’m a noob, but make sure you have an ice bath ready to stop the cooking
Asparagus, whipped potatoes, grilled corn on the cob.
Lobster Rolls and fries.

Not my creation above but I thought I would throw up a visual.

gonna cook for g/f this week…

i’m lookin for somethin quick 15-25 min that i can make for her

probably something chicken or salmon

any ideas?
Breaded Chicken is good and easy as hell to make. It takes awhile to bake in the oven though. If you want to go unhealthy, then I love Chicken Fried-Steak with garlic mashed potatoes and a white pan gravey. Even simpler is just putting some seasoning on the chicken, cooking in a skillet to get the outside done and then finishing in the oven (I do it at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes and check doneness witha thermometer. I got the kind I just leave stuck in the chicken and the cord comes outside and I set a temp alarm. Though some people don’t like it because they say the area around the thermometer cooks faster but it’s a small enough piece and short enough time that I’ve never seen it)

favorite comfort foods

everyone has something they eat to make themselves feel better when they are down…chocolate, ice cream, etc. Just curious as to what everyone else eats to make themselves feel better on off days. With me its all about anything chocolate…oreos, ice cream, brownies…you name it!
pizza,pizza,pizza and cheese.. oh. and extra cheese pizza’s
I try not to get into the habit of eating to comfort me. I gained a ton of weight when I did that during HS…
Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I just recently found this out because I’ve never really had a big sweet tooth.

now THIS is how you make a cheap, easy, and healty dinner. **PICS**

made a little ‘orange chicken’ stirfry last night. VERY simple.

take 2-3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts – cut ’em up into ~1" cubes. Marinate them with 2 tbsp rice wine, and 2 tbsp corn starch. let ’em marinate for 30 minutes.

sauce: ~1/2cup OJ, 2tbsp soy sauce, 1tsp sesame oil (yum), 2tsp brown sugar, 1tsp chili oil or flakes. I put a tbsp of corn starch in the sauce as well – really helps to thicken it up. If you like more orange flavor (this just has a hint of orange), put some orange marmelade in the sauce. that’ll really kick it up a notch

Making a girl dinner in 4 days.. need ideas.

Girl I’m interested in but not obviously. It can’t be ultra romantic or anything, but i want an awesome dinner idea for her. She says she’s not picky unless it’s sushi.

Help me TGI!

serve with a light salad and pasta, and voila.
Haha… and when she asks what it is I’m supposed to tell her it’s "wedding soup"? It sounds damn good though. I might give this one a go.
I would make a pasta – it doesn’t have to be ultra romantic, but italian food is pretty romantic. Plus, it is fairly easy to make and most everyone loves it. If you need a recipe, you can browse,, and or if you need help tell me what kind you like and I’ll post an easy recipe

HOT Sauce

Frank’s tastes like shit. I just used ground cayenne peppers.

but nothing beats the old tabasco. sometimes i drink it in my beer
^^ in your beer? the original ? i like the habanaero tobasco.
I love Frank’s on pretty much everything. I really like the way it tastes but it’s not that hot.

Have you ever ate or seen

such big pieces of meat?

In a city near the place where iam living (in germany) is a resturant where you can eat big meals. The thing on the pic is called Schnitzel in germany and austria and it is a piece of meat with a little bit crunchy coat. On the schnitzel is a mushroom sauce. The Schnitzel on this picture has a weight between 1,3 and 1,5 kilograms and me and my friend tried to eat 1 (me one, he one) but i think we took 600 grams of meat home because we were so fully. Do you ate such big meals too or do you know places where you can get this sizes? Iam interested in big burgers etc. too. Pictures would be really nice.

Baking for diabetic

Is it ok to bake with splenda instead of sugar if you want to bake for somebodey who is diabetic or is that the same as sugar?
Anybodey knows? And if so ,do you use the same amount splenda instead of sugar as it says in the baking recipe?

Its diabetes 2 need i say …
not sure about splenda, but my mom is diabetic and uses "stevia"… natural extract that’s hella sweeter than sugar. you also might want to try using a natural honey or brown sugar (which is not nearly as bad in moderation of course)