cook tip

So I’ve been thinking about this for a long while

What would you guys think about a Supernatural cookbook? And/Or a video series showing y’all how to cook said meals?

Ever since I started watching the show, I’ve been jotting down little ideas for recipes that most definitely go with the characters. The cookbook/video series would have recipes based after characters, species (Angels, demons, vampires, etc…) and even ships (I surprisingly have a cake based off of Megstiel)

Would you pals be interested in something like this? If I were going to be selling it, it’d be super fucking cheap because I know people are broke (like $5-$9) and it’d have tons and tons of recipes, cooking tips, ‘cheats’ for the lazy pals, and original art/photography. Not to mention that I’d be directing the video series myself, so they’d have a skit, the cooking of the recipe, and pro tips at the end.

I’d also throw in some drink recipes, both alcoholic and not!

The recipes are named after characters, ships, episodes, weapons, and quotes (The ‘So Get This’ pasta tasted like heaven tbh) and the cooking difficulty ranges from novice to expert. Also, I threw in some vegetarian/vegan options!

For perspective, I’ve been cooking for going on 16 years underneath my father and uncle (My uncle was the first black head chef at Saks Fifth Ave. Fun fact!) So I know my shit when it comes to cooking.

Anyways, what do you think? Good idea, or throw it in the trash?

Kitchen/Potion Witch Tip

Part water, part vinegar, and an optional part of lemon juice

Put the mixture into the pot or pan with a stain and let it sit on the stove for about 15 minutes before turning it on to a low heat. Let it warm up before taking the pot or pan off the heat. Scrub the bottom and voila… No longer stained. I’ve done this with several pieces of my cookware and the best part is that this is a natural cleaner. 

50 life lessons:
1. Happiness is a mood, not a destination
2. If you spend every day wishing and wondering you will only look back on your life and wish and wonder
3. That cookie won’t kill you
4. Neither will that shot of tequila
5. Everything in moderation
6. Exercise will always put you in a better mood
7. A hot shower or a long nap can cure anything
8. Spend days with the people you love
9. Tell people how you feel
10. Never give up on a dream
11. That guy/girl was not your soulmate , soulmates don’t leave you laying in your own tears alone
12. Once a cheater always a cheater
13. People do change
14. But sometimes they just become better liars
15. Jumping into a cold pool on a hot summer day is an amazing thing
16. Wear that bikini, wear that red lipstick, wear whatever the hell you want
17. So what if your thighs jiggle?
18. Never let someone else decide your life for you
19. Don’t have sex with someone you would not want to raise a kid with
20. Buying condoms is less embarrassing than buying a pregnancy test
21. You can always order yourself flowers and buy yourself chocolate
22. Jump off cliffs, go skydiving, make sure you at least feel that thrill once
23. Do not let winter cause you to be lazy and sad
24. Sometimes all you need is to clean and organize things to feel like it’s all back in place
25. Your GPA isn’t the most important thing in your life
26. It is important though, study, focus, but never put your education over your physical well being
27. Go to the doctor and dentist
28. Listen to your gut, it really knows what is best for you
29. Always talk to somebody on the phone while walking alone at night
30. Sometimes all you need to do is laugh at your mistakes and move on
31. Find your comfort food
32. Never be afraid to go home
33. If you are, find a new home
34. Life is not a puzzle, the pieces will never fit perfectly but isn’t that the point?
35. Never dull your enthusiasm
36. READ BOOKS
37. Educate yourself on current events, from more than one source
38. Wear sweatpants or dress up, your significant other shouldn’t care what you are wearing
39. Sometimes you just have to act like a child
40. Go to carnivals, go camping, have adventures
41. Go to as many festivals and concerts as possible
42. Learn how to cook simple meals
43. You won’t always have someone there, learn how to do things on your own
44. Treat animals with the respect they deserve
45. Believe in whatever religion you like or don’t, but do not shove your beliefs on others
46. Watch as many movies as you can
47. Music is the gateway to the souls
48. Summer nights with friends are always the best
49. True friends aren’t always true friends, if they talk gossip with you they will talk gossip about you
50. Always smile, always love, never judge, and never dull your passions

In which we post kitchen best practices that nobody ever bothers to explain to newbies because experienced cooks just assume they’re obvious:

  • The secret to frying sliced meats (e.g., ham, bacon) without scorching or splattering is long cooking times at low heat. If you picture your range dial as a scale from 1-10, try about a 3. Also, lay the meat in a cold pan and let it heat to frying temperature with the meat already in it - it won’t curl up that way.
  • If your re-heated dishes are coming out of the microwave sizzling on the outside and cold in the middle, dial it down to 60% power and double the cooking time. That power setting’s there for a reason.
  • When cooking soup, add the salt at the end. Soup reduces as you cook it, and evaporation concentrates salt - a soup that has the perfect level of saltiness near the beginning of its cooking time will be inedible brine by the time it’s done. Also, the effect of adding salt to a soup is more or less immediate, so it’s perfectly acceptable to rely on trial and error here; just add a dash of salt, stir well, and taste-test right away. Repeat until you get it right.

Your turn!

Hello, my babies.

A while ago, I wrote a post for you all on needing renter’s (or tenant) insurance. Now I want to help guide you all into cooking with a few tips from me to you. YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE AFRAID TO LEARN HOW TO COOK. You can do it, I believe in u. Okay, here we go:

  • DON’T BE AFRAID OF KNIVES. Have a very SHARP KNIFE. A dull knife will hurt you worse than a sharp one. If you ever invest in knife, let be a good, classic kitchen knife. It’s what you’ll do most of your food prep with.  YOU DON’T NEED AN ENTIRE WOODEN BLOCK OF KNIVES. You’ll probably never use all of them.
  • Always wash your knives by hand. I’m not talking about regular old butter knives or even cheap-o steak knives that couldn’t cut anything more than cooked meat. I’m talking about the one I just told you to invest in. The dishwasher will RUIN them. And you know what, wash your pots and pans by hand, too. I KNOW I’M ASKING YOU NOT TO BE LAZY. But if you’ve received a nice set of cookware for graduation or as a housewarming gift or wedding shower gift, treat that shit right. Clean the sides, clean the bottom; your dishwasher won’t gently caress it the way you will.
  • You don’t need 98% of unitaskers. (GARLIC PRESS:  #1 EXCEPTION!!!!!!) If you think about an object and it literally only has one function, it’s just taking up space and I know a lot of you may already have a limited space to work with. Buzzfeed loves to promote a tool to core strawberries on nearly every ‘BUY ME’ kitchen list but really? HOW MANY FUCKIN’ STRAWBERRIES ARE YOU TAKING THE MIDDLE OUT OF? Do you really ever look at a strawberry and go ‘GRASPING THAT GREEN LEAFY TOP AS I EAT THE ENTIRE STRAWBERRY IN ONE GO IS TOO FUCKING MUCH.’ If you do, then please waste space and money on a strawberry corer. Just think about this: How often are you going to use it and how much time does it actually save? On the flip side, a potato peeler also works for other veggies - definitely not a unitasker.
  • If you don’t cut/chop/dice your food consistently, then it won’t all cook at the same temperature. If you have one super thick cut of meat and try to cook it for the same length of time as a piece cut more thinly, either the thick cut is going to be raw as fuck in the middle and you might make someone sick, or the thin cut is going to be the leather version of whatever it was because you cooked it too long to match the other piece. Uniformity is important with food prep.
  • GET A FUCKING MEAT THERMOMETER. If you don’t know what you’re doing absolutely do not use the 'hand test’ to check the doneness of meat. Don’t even google that shit if you don’t know what it means. Save $15.00, get a meat thermometer, and be done with it. 
  • Spices go bad. If you smell it and it smells like nothing anymore, or it’s super clumpy, or you know it’s been over a year since you’ve used it, toss it and buy fresh.
  • READ EVERY. SINGLE. RECIPE. AND EVERY. SINGLE. STEP. AHEAD. OF. TIME.
  • Taste your food as you cook. I mean it. I REALLY MEAN IT. Don’t be afraid of salt. Pasta and potatoes NEED SALT. When you start boiling water for pasta, SALT THE WATER LIKE THE OCEAN. Salt in home cooked food is not going to kill you. All the added salt in packaged foods to preserve them is where you should worry. (I mean, do what your doctor says if you’re on a low-sodium diet but as long as you’re not licking salt at home you should be okay.) When you’re making a sauce, taste it before you declare it done. Is it bland? ADD SALT. Don’t go absolutely apeshit with salt; the more you cook the more you’ll figure it out.
  • (Also, I know it can be expensive to buy fresh veggies. I know it can. But canned foods are not great for you. Frozen veggies are better!)
  • Freezing food does not mean it will last forever?????? I KNOW WE ALL WANT TO BELIEVE THAT. Just because you put something there doesn’t mean it will hang in stasis like Fry from Futurama and be good to go as soon as you thaw it out. If you have meat in your fridge that’s been there for over 4-6 months, toss it. *NOTE: I meant to say freezer here but fuck if you have meat in your fridge for 4-6 months PLEASE ALSO THROW IT AWAY.
  • I know a lot of people are on budgets, so plan your meals before you ever go to the store and write a list based on what you need to buy. Put your spices where you can see them otherwise you’ll wind up with multiple items that are all the same. Writing a list seems like a chore, but if you go to the store with a plan, you’ll definitely save money.
  • If you go shopping for, say, a week’s worth of dinners, compare your ingredients. If three recipes call for milk, for example, maybe you buy a quart instead of a pint. It’s just a better way to not buy too little or too much of anything you might need.

Have fun. Look, odds are you’re not cooking for the Queen. You’re not on Chopped. If you fuck up who cares? At the very worst you’re going to have to toss everything and call out for delivery. It’s okay to screw up in the kitchen, just never serve anything raw that isn’t supposed to be and you’ll avoid making people sick. Learning to cook isn’t a scary thing. Utilize youtube. Watch this Gordon Ramsay video to learn how to chop an onion. (His channel, in general, has taught me a LOT.) 

Experiment, cook often. It’s the only way you’ll learn.

ON THE PHONE: Chanyeol & D.O

Kai: *silently picks up the phone to eavesdrop on their convo*
Chanyeol: …I can’t wait for Friday. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head
Kai: *gasps* I knew you were cheating!
D.O: Jagi? It’s not what it sounds like!
Chanyeol: He’s giving me cooking tips! I’m surprising Baekhyun with dinner on Friday… I can’t believe you’d ever think that
Baekhyun: *picks up the phone to eavesdrop*
Chanyeol: Kyungsoo and I are cheating on you
Baekhyun: Chanyeolie, how could you do this to me!
D.O: *hangs up*

Low-spoons oatmeal prep

Heat the water in a kettle. I use a stovetop kettle, but an electric one works as well. While the water is heating, put about ¾ C oats in a bowl (I prefer quick oats over instant because they have more texture. Don’t use regular oats because they won’t cook without a constant heat source). Add a generous amount of brown sugar, and raisins, dates, or nuts, to your preference. Once the water is hot, pour just over a cup of hot water into the bowl. Cover with a small plate and ignore for five minutes. After five minutes, take the plate off, stir, and add milk if you want it. Eat. The plate is still clean because you just got steam on it, and you don’t need to wash a kettle between uses; the only dishes you will need to wash are the bowl and spoon.

Lazy lunches for rainy days🍴☔️ PRO TIP: always cook more than you think you will eat so you get to have it for leftovers the next day😉 in my bowl is a rainbow of different veggies, baked galaxy sweet potato I had leftover from last night + the always essential spoonful of hummus (right @agirlnamedally ?🐰)👌🏼🌿

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