Do you have any tips for using seasonings when cooking? Or tips to help cook in general for some one new to it.
College Cooking 101
Here is a list of materials that I believe are absolutely necessary to creating a quality product. Feel free to substitute anything based on your own personal preferences.
Non-stick frying pan (cast iron pans are much more difficult to clean)
Pot (I would recommend a small pot that you can use to cook for just yourself, and a larger pot for cooking portions or for company)
Lid for said pot
Rubber spatula (much better than wooden spoons)
Scissors (kitchen scissors)
A cutting board (I recommend plastic because they’re easier to wash)
Bread knife (both knives should be sharpened every six months at least, you can take them to your local kitchen supplies shop)
Dried chives (or real chives if you can swing them. Throw them in your ramen, your tuna salad, sprinkle them on top of pasta, etc)
Thyme (dried or fresh… dried is 3x as potent, use to season soups or pastas)
Rosemary (dried or fresh, use to season meats and starches)
Cumin (use this spice to rub meat)
Garlic powder or onion powder (used for meat rubs and seasoning soups or sauces)
Paprika (I would recommend avoiding smoked paprika, it’s got a super aggressive flavor… use this in small amounts sprinkled over things like you would the chives)
Parmesan cheese (for sprinkling over pastas, you can get it pre-grated)
Cheddar cheese (for making sandwiches and mac and cheese)
Tomatoes (whole, crushed, paste, whatever… just have some sort of tomato product in your pantry at all times)
Potatoes (you can’t buy them pre-cut because the oxidize and turn gray if not used immediately… you can still eat them, but they don’t look pretty)
Onions (you can get them pre-cut)
Garlic (use to make sauce or soup bases)
Romaine hearts (lettuce has a short shelf life, but romaine hearts literally last forever and are healthier than eating iceberg lettuce)
Protein of some sort (whatever you like- steak, chicken, tofu, etc)
Something salty (like pickles, black olives, anchovies, etc)
Your favorite veggies (I like carrots and squashes the best)
Pasta (whatever is cheapest or on sale at your store)
Bread (freeze half a loaf and leave the rest in your fridge)
Eggs (egg beaters or whole eggs, whatever you like)
Butter (or a butter substitute)
Oil (olive oil is the most expensive)
Chicken stock (or vegetable stock, in a carton or cubed)
Basic (super duper duper basic) instructions on how to cook various items. I am not a trained professional- the information I’m providing is based off of personal experience only.
Cooking: Cook with oil. Outside of the steak should be grey. The inside should be light pink.
Seasoning: Create a simple spice blend and rub it all over the meat. Spice rubs always include salt and pepper, add whatever other spices you want.
Pair with: Starches or veggies.
Cooking: Cook with oil. Outside should be starting to crisp, inside should be white and dry.
Seasoning: Salt and pepper work best. You can also coat chicken in panko bread crumbs.
Pair with: Starches, veggies, fruits, or pasta.
Cooking: Cook with butter or oil. Outside should be starting to crisp. Inside should be the same color as the outside, and should feel very dry and hard.
Seasoning: Create a simple spice blend and rub it all over the meat. Spice rubs always include salt and pepper, add whatever other spices you want. Meat should be completely coated in the spice rub, or it won’t taste like anything but the oil.
Pair with: Starches, veggies, or fruits.
Cooking: Cook with oil. Outside should be starting to crisp, inside fork tender.
Seasoning: Rub (literally rub the potatoes with your hands) salt, pepper, oil and rosemary all over the potatoes.
Cooking: Boil water with a teaspoon of salt. Wait until the water is visibly boiling to add your pasta. I like my pasta al dente, so I always cook it for the shortest amount of time listed on the box.
Seasoning: Thoroughly coat pasta with whatever sauce you’re using, or it will taste dry. Good prepared sauce brands: Newman’s Own, Classico, and Barilla.
Cooking: Cook in chicken or vegetable stock following package instructions. Stir every so often, and add additional stock as it is absorbed into the pasta.
Seasoning: I like to add dried herbs to the sauce as it reduces to add flavor. You can also add veggies early on and let them cook in the sauce.
Cooking: These can be pan fried in oil, boiled, cooked in a sauce/stew, or put on a sheet tray to roast in the oven. The easiest way to cook them is to add them to a sauce that you are heating up, and allow them to soften until they can be pierced by a fork.
Seasoning: Rub the veggies with salt before cooking, unless you are adding them to a sauce or stew.
Cooking: These are best pan fried with butter. Cook them until they are slightly crisped and fork tender. If you want to be fancy you can blanch them before hand. How to blanch: Boil water, and throw the veggies in for literally thirty seconds. Pour them into a strainer and douse them immediately with cold water from your sink tap until they are cool to the touch.
Seasoning: Salt works best before cooking. Butter after cooking.
Yes I know that sweet potato is a starch, but it fits better here.
Cooking: These veggies are best roasted until fork tender. Time varies. These veggies should be cooked with their skin left on.
Seasoning: Rub these veggies with salt and cook in a little oil. Top with butter after they are cooked.
The moment Nicky told Lorna to go without her in the hallway, to the guards.
I had tears.
The moment when Daya turned herself in.
I had tears.
The moment Flaritza was split into and Mari yelled “I love you.”
I had tears.
The moment when Brook was pulled away while watching the hanging book memorial.
I had tears.
The moment when Piper gave Alex her glasses before proposing.
I had tears.
Mendoza had me in tears.
Red had me in tears.
Suzanne had me in tears.
But the moment I actually cried was when Taystee broke down at the very end.
things mickey milkovich did for ian gallager:
-gave him kash’s gun back
-stopped robbing the kash and grab
-met him at the kash and grab when he was upset
-got shot bc his ex was a jealous lunatic
-shared cigarettes and beer w him
-didn’t kill his dad even though it put mickey’s own life in grave danger
-beat up anyone who he was sleeping w
-helped him intimidate a pedophile
-waited on him before starting to run from the cops
-helped him train for ROTC
-helped him rob a house
-kissed him just because he asked for it
-got shot AGAIN
-let him stay at mickey’s house when he was in a group home
-made him pizza rolls
-had a movie and beer date night
-jumped on terry’s back to protect him
-got pistol whipped
-“just because im getting hitched doesn’t mean we can’t still bang”
-got married to protect them both
-tried to talk him out of joining the army
-cried for him
-hunted him down in a gay club
-“if you don’t wanna hang out with me, that’s fine”
-told him to call his family
-BROUGHT HIM HOME
-helped him sober up
-went looking for him after svetlana chased him out
-sucked his dick whenever he asked
-made him coffee
-gave him money for breakfast
-contributed to the gallagher household
-“he’s fucking family”
-“he’s staying here. he’s staying with me.”
-stopped him from killing someone
-helped him frame that pastor
-CAME OUT FOR HIM IN FRONT OF THE MAN WHO WOULD KILL MICKEY FOR IT
-tried to get him to get help
-“im worried about you. i love you.”
-visited him in the hospital
-“sorry im late”
-“he’s got me”
-“take your meds bitch”
-agreed to take him on a date
-fought an army guard and only stopped when they drew their guns
-TRIED TO KILL THE PERSON WHO RATTED HIM OUT
-talked to the army so he could come home and not go to prison
-ran a hundred miles an hour to his house when he called and said he was home
-went to prison
-got a tattoo of his name
-broke out of prison just to be with him
things ian gallagher did for mickey milkovich:
-brought him pain and suffering