Soft Tofu

Does anyone have any recipies that use soft tofu as a main ingredient, that they enjoy eating?

Post them here if you have them.
i have one. Its actually my own creation so I hope you enjoy.
Balsamic Basil Tofu
1/4 cup of chopped Green Peppers
1/4 cup of chopped white onion
1/4 cup of chopped toms
2 minced garlic cloves
1 cup of cubed tofu
1/2 cup of balsamic vinegrette
Mediteranian Basil

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)

Help with cast iron pan?

Hey all. I have a Lodge 12" cast iron pan as well as a pair of small cast iron pans that I inherited from an aunt. The two that I inherited feel smooth as glass across the bottom and are amazing. Hardly anything sticks and they are so easy to clean. The new pan, on the other hand, is rough along the bottom and everything sticks. When I’m done cooking in them, I just put a little oil and kosher salt (a la Alton Brown) and scrub around. I can get most out, but there is still a thin layer of burnt stuff that I just can’t scrub off. Is this normal? Is it going to take a while before it is as good as those other pans or is it not going to get like that?

How to cook a steak.

I decided to suck it up and start cooking for myself as all this frozen trader joes food is starting to wear me out. So i got myself some decent knives, a cast iron skillet, and loads of fresh meat and veg. I hear the cast iron is the best way for cooking steak if you don’t have a grill. what are you favorite ways to prepare it on the cast iron.

New York Steak in particular.
I lightly coat them with oil and salt. Let them sit for awhile and warm up some. Don’t want to cook directly out of the fridge.

College Dinner Recipes

Hello everyone! To introduce myself, my name is Jeff and I’m a sophomore student at Virginia Tech (or at least will be come the fall semester). I have been placed into a much larger dorm than I was last year and will have a kitchen in my building. I’m hoping to get a few nights in there to make some dinner for myself/friends (it’s a co-ed dorm… i need something to put me infront of all the other guys ^.^).

So i was wondering if any of you guys have some really basic/simple recipes that I can use in college besides Ramen or Cup-o-Soup microwavables. I think it would be fun to experiment with some new food… especially if I can make it.

Please help! v.can’tcooktosavemylife

I want to learn to cook, and I want to learn to love it. Right now, the state of affairs looks like this:

– I can make pasta (premade sauce ), rice and vegetarian stir fry. That is all. I tried meat a few times but it always comes out tough and stringy.
– I currently find cooking boring and a waste of my time, which I’m sure isn’t helping things.

I think the only reason my weight hasn’t soared is because I tend to avoid classic junk food (soda, candy bars, chips, etc) and would rather not eat than expend the effort. Obviously that last bit is some flawed thinking. I’m reasonably bright and creative in other areas, so I’m sure I can learn to cook and love it. I think I need a kick in the right direction.

Cutting board for slicing meat and veggies?

I’d like to pick up some nice knives because my Faberwares are pretty shitty. The problem is that I use a glass cutting board. Should I switch over to that hard white plastic or wood? Is wood bad to use because of bacteria?
I don’t use wood for raw meat and especially not for chicken. Those plastic boards are not expensive so definately switch over to them instead of glass. They are worlds easier on knife blades over glass. In fact, don’t use those glass boards for any cutting.

If you have the money, then I’d also get a nice hardwood cutting board for veggies and cooked food. Some people also will do red meat on them, and to be honest, I end up doing it sometimes as well. But never with poultry.

would like to make my own fried rice

got any tips?

i was thinking of throwing in snap peas and carrots, maybe a few other ingredients. i’m pretty open to any ideas. can it be done in a wok? after loving it so much for all these years in restraunts, i realized i’ve never made it at home and have no idea how to even attempt it.
Is this my first post?

If you’re gonna put snap peas and carrots in it, you might as well save yourself the trouble and go to Panda Express.

Heat some sesame oil in a wok (or big pan). Throw in some onion and minced garlic (don’t let the garlic burn). Throw in left over rice (new rice gives you moist mushy fried rice). Let it sit till the rice gets a little crusty. Add a little soy sauce and a little salt. Throw in some chopped kim chi & juice and whatever left over meats (kalbi) / veggies (chopped green beans please) you have laying around in your fridge. Put an egg in there if you’d like.

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.

anyone have experience v.battery powered trimmer

anyone use one of these yet?

this is a worx gt, 18v rechargeable trimmer/edger. there are other variations of the same thing by black and decker and american gardener. yes it was from an infomercial, but they also won a popular mechanics best buy award so……….
100% shit. unless you want to cut for 10 minutes, charge for an hour, cut for 10 minutes, charge for an hour, etc, etc. i wouldnt bother. go for a gas trimmer, way less bullshit.
I guess it depends on how much you have to trim and what you will be trimming. I have a big yard with lots of brush so I got a bigass Husqvarna that I can swap on a brush blade in place of the trimmer line if I need to.