Baked Potato?

How do you guys cook your Baked Potatoes?

I’m looking for something other than throwing them in the microwave for 10 mins and putting butter / bacon bits on them.

Any ideas?
Coat outside lightly with oil, sprinkle kosher salt on it, 350 degrees in the oven for 1 hour. (Alton Brown style)

I end up putting butter, pepper, pepperjack cheese, and tearing up some turkey bacon ontop. Sprinkle some Frank’s Red Hot on it as wel.

I’ve also done broccoli and cheese before in the past as well.

Thawing Chicken

Everyone I have ever spoken to has said thawing chicken can only be done 3 ways:

The fridge, Cold water in the sink, or Micorwave.

My roomate just said it doesnt matter because when you cook it you will kill anything in it anyways. So he suggests its ok to thaw in hot water, or just out on the counter.

Can anyone tell me what the right answer is?
Slow thawing reduces the juice loss from ice crystals as well as texture damage from rapid thawing.

Keep it cold while thawing is to reduce the chance of bacterial contamination. I’d say for small pieces that you do NOT plan on refreezing, using some warm water should be fine. Don’t want it hot enough that it starts cooking the meat.

herbal tea

I bought herbal tea bags at the grocery store today. The only way i have to prepare them is by heating the water in a microwave.

Could someone aid me with specific instructions for preparing the tea this way?

tea bags? just get hot water (not boiling) and pour them onto the bags, steep for 5 minutes.
i usally add in a little honey too. tea is great esp once u develope a taste for it. I prefer chamomile (spelling?) blends.
tea bag in empty cup, set aside.

Vodka cream pasta sauce??

I have found this in stores and its really ok, but I would like a recipie for making it from scratch. Its just the red pasta sauce and I know you add vodka and cream and parmesan cheese but don’t know the amounts to add. Any suggestions??
you like that stuff? I got a jar once and thought it tasted like crap, maybe the home made stuff is better? I’ll see if I can find a recipe.

I usually don’t care much for the bottled sauces, but this one I bought was ok. Can’t remember what brand though- I just know it was really thick. I put it over cheese ravioli with Italian sausage and mozz. cheese on top, and yeah it was pretty good, but I’m sure the homemede stuff is better. It usually is!!

Easy mac cheese and no-chew diet

I’m on a no-chew diet for 6 weeks… ideas?
I’ve got pudding, protein shake things, various pastas I can down without chewing..

Also, does anyone know a recipe for the easy-mac cheese? I’m assuming it’s got some powdered milk or something in it. I can’t eat the macaroni noodles because they will get caught in my braces, but I don’t want to buy easy mac just to toss the noodles.
Blender for the win.

I had lockjaw a few years ago and after getting the shots from the doctor and getting my jaw open, it hurt like fuck for a week or so. We blended food and it was easy to eat.

Post all your spaghetti sauce recipe’s!!

Looking to make some small changes to mine.. seeing what you guys use!

I’m sick of buying canned/bottled stuff, I’d like to try making some.
vine ripened tomatoes, basil, oregano, and white wine is all i usually use if i make my own. not great but its easy
1 Can, Crushed Tomatoes (much nicer than canned sauce)
Dash Lemon Juice
Pinch Sugar
Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper to taste
2 Roasted Red Bell Peppers Finely Diced (You can buy them in a can or jar, and they add a nice smokey undernote)


i love this shit, anyone got good brie ideas/fav brand?
no favorite brands but I agree I love it as well. I’ve only had brie at vendor parties and conventions so I don’t know if the quality is always there but its good nonetheless.
Bake it in a pie filling with fresh fruit preserves in it.
Not health food, but holy crap…

Bake it in a pie filling with fresh fruit preserves in it.
Cheap and easy way to cook a chicken breast?

I didn’t eat meat for nearly 15 years. Never been much of a cook. But I’m trying to start actually cooking things that don’t go from a box to a microwave.

I’m sure actually cooking the thing isn’t complicated, but I have no idea what to put on it… how long to cook it, etc.
get the george foreman grill. Best grill ever for non-cooks.

Just grill for a few minutes and cut into it to see if its done in the middle.
I guess I’m looking more for how to flavor it.

I can’t eat oats!

Any ways to make them more edible for me?

Today I was so happy that i was going to have oatmeal for the first time and I tried to eat and it tasted sooooo bad.

I used

1/2 oats
1 cup water
Some milk

microwaved for a little.

I cant get this stuff down ! But I want too since its such a great source of carbs.
Bring 1 cup of MILK to boil
Pour in 1/2 cup oats
Reduce heat and let cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally

Best way to cook fish?

I’ve gotten pretty handy at cooking steak, poultry, and pork, but have never tried cooking fish.

I have a pair of Mahi steaks I plan on cooking tomorrow – pointers? Recipe suggestions? Anything I should know about cooking fish that’s different from cooking dry land meats?
depends very much on the fish (I am no expert either, but based on my successes/failures).

first off, don’t keep it long or its going to get funky–i tend to cook it the day i buy it. likewise for leftovers–don’t plan on having any.