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Professional Cooking Tips!

Professional Cooking Tips! (ripped from the Interweb)

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“To be a good cook you have to have a love of the good,
a love of hard work, and a love of creating.”
– Julia Child

And so, here are some great professional cooking tips and tricks
that we have collected from the interweb. We love to cook!
NOTE: We learned at an early age. We had a cooking class in junior high.
We chose apartment-style living at UCSC (with a kitchen so we
could cook for ourself) instead of dormitory living and “dining-hall” food.
We are not a professional chef, but some of our cooking is pro quality.

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ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS! (and wash them frequently while cooking)
CLEAN AND SANITIZE YOURSELF, YOUR KITCHEN, AND YOUR FOOD!
Learn about kitchen safety/sanitation and safe food storage and preparation.

Drink Coffee. Drink Water. (stay awake and alert, and always stay well hydrated)

Prevent the cutting board from slipping – place a wet paper towel underneath it.

ALWAYS USE A SHARP KNIFE!
Sharpen your knives before, clean your knives after.
Use a vegetable peeler for ultra-thin cuts and shaving.
Learn how to hold the knife properly!
Learn the proper knife technique for the type of food you are cutting!
(and there are great YouTube vids on “how to” cut up everything)

Heat your pans before cooking (so they are already HOT).
Preheat your oven for 20 minutes at temperature before cooking and baking.
Constant heat and proper temperature are necessary for professional cooking.

Baker’s Tip: Put a bowl of water inside the oven when baking.
The steam will help make a nice crispy bread crust.

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Use eggs and butter at room temperature when making dough.
Take the eggs and butter out of the fridge the night before.

Caramelized sugar for baking.
Slightly frying the sugar will add a note of caramel to baked goods.
Heat sugar for one hour for a hint of caramel flavor,
or heat for up to five hours to create a deep and unique aroma and taste.

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Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Add healthy fats, cut sodium, bump up your fiber,
and aim for a variety of colors on your plate.
(but never sacrifice good food for a bad “diet”)

Cook your aromatics first. 
Cook onions with salt. Add salt to reduce the smell. It will also cook them faster.
Add onions while the food is cooking.
Onions need time to develop their sweet flavor profile,
so they are one of the first ingredients to add to the pan.
NOTE: Garlic burns easily and the taste will turn bitter, so don’t add it early.

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Know when to add the herbs. 
Add dried herbs while cooking to enable the flavor to infuse the dish.
Fresh herbs should be added after the food is done cooking.
Fresh herbs will turn bitter if overcooked.

Use both salt and acid when seasoning.
Add the salt to your dish while you cook,
not before (and taste frequently) to avoid over-salting.
Use sugar as a seasoning.
It counteracts sour taste and will add a pleasant and rich flavor.

“The more you know, the more you can create.
There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.” – Julia Child

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Add a dash of high-quality extra virgin olive oil to enhance your dish.
But don’t use olive oil in everything. Use pure vegetable oil for cooking.
Olive oil burns easily! It is not good for high-temp cooking and frying.

Brine your Meat! Brining makes for juicy meat.
Create a juicy texture and infuse rich flavor, and minimize
the chance of the meat drying out or being overcooked.

Marinate meat or fish in a plastic bag.
This ensures the meat or fish is coated evenly.
(also makes for an easy cleanup)



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“Life, like a cookie jar, would soon be empty
if you continued to accept the good things it offers
and put in no good things in return.”
– Sou Chan (from The House of Chan) 1952

Cook steaks that are at room temperature and they will cook more evenly.
And not all cuts of meat take the same time to cook!
For quick cooking, choose tenderloins and steaks.
For longer and slower cooking, use a roast, brisket, or shoulder cut.

Cook steak without oil by placing it on its side when cooking.
Cooking meat on the side renders the fat and will add more flavor.
It will also create a nice crust for the edges.

Make burgers juicy by placing ice cubes in the middle of the patties.
Right before grilling, press a small piece of ice into the center of patty.
This prevents it from drying out while cooking.

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Read our previous Blog Post “Where’s The Beef?”

Heat the saute pan to a high temperature before searing meat or fish.
Pre-heat your pan and Don’t crowd the food when searing.
High heat is needed for perfectly seared meat and fish.
Do not to crowd the pan because it will lose the high cooking heat.
Place fish in pan with the skin side down first.
The high temp will quickly sear the skin and prevent it from sticking.

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Use mayonnaise on fish to get a nice tasty crust.
Paint a small amount of mayo onto the fish with a pastry brush
and then season with salt before grilling. This will make a nice golden crust.

Make scrambled eggs creamy by adding mayonnaise.
Just add a teaspoon of mayo, it won’t change the flavor of the eggs.

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Use sour cream to make great pancakes.
Add 2 tablespoons of sour cream to the pancake mix.
It will make the pancakes tasty and fluffy.

Peel hard boiled eggs fast and easy!
Just add a little baking soda before you boil them.
You can also use vinegar.
Both ingredients get inside the eggshell, and will make them peel faster.

Use a large frying pan instead of a big pot when cooking pasta.
The wider area of the pan will heat the water faster.
Pick the right size pan for the amount of pasta being cooked.
Add a little olive oil and salt the pasta to taste after the water is boiling.
The salt will season the pasta.
The oil prevents the pasta from sticking and adds flavor.
Cook pasta in the sauce to finish.
The sauce will coat the noodles and they will absorb the flavor.
If the sauce is too thick, just add a little pasta water to create the thickness desired.

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Dry boil potatoes before mashing.
After boiling, remove potatoes from water and place in a clean heated pan.
Make sure they don’t cook anymore. Once dry, mash them.

Make Roasted Garlic in the microwave.
Place a whole bulb of garlic in a small bowl with a little oil and water.
Wrap the bowl in plastic wrap before microwaving. Cook until the garlic is soft.

To cook a perfect egg, you will only need three things: 
a thick-wall frying pan, a 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and an egg.
Cook for 4-5 minutes over a low heat. Don’t forget to add a pinch of salt.
Remember, eggs will continue to cook after being removed from the pan!

TIP: Use an egg slicer to cut and slice fruits.

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Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!

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In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”
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“Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park.
Enjoy the ride.”
– Anthony Bourdain

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CORONAVIRUS! Part 14 (Sat-Sun)

CORONAVIRUS! Part 14 (Sat-Sun)
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PLEASE STAY THE F*CK HOME!

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DONALD TRUMP on February 26, 2020:
“The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days
is going to be down to close to zero.”
and
“We’re going very substantially down, not up.”

9620 Reported Deaths in the United States
as of Monday, April 6, 2020
at 12:30am:

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69000+ Reported Deaths as of Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:15pm 

Hearing many friends worried about a ‘stupid death’ from this virus.
Death is never stupid unless it is proceeded by the phrase…
Hold my beer, watch THIS! (or “LEEEEEEROY JENKINS!”)

TRUMP’S LIES ARE KILLING U.S. CITIZENS!
Trump now reads a warning to US aboutof difficult weeks ahead……
with projections of 100,000 to 240,000 300,000+ DEAD AMERICANS!
(actual number of dead Americans will be much higher)

STAY HOME! – STAY HEALTHY!
DON’T PANIC! – REMAIN CALM!

AND GO WASH YOUR HANDS!

DO THE FIVE – HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS!
1 – HANDS – Wash them often
2 – ELBOW (OR SLEEVE) – Cough into it
3 – FACE – Don’t touch it
4 – SPACE – Keep safe distance (6 feet or more)
5 – HOME – Stay home if you can (or if it’s mandatory)

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REMEMBER to DISINFECT and SANITIZE frequently-touched surfaces like:
cell phones, computers (keyboard & mouse), door handles, faucets, keys. credit cards, wallets, purses, tables, desks, countertops, light switches, knobs, dials, etc.

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS STAY HOME! CALL YOUR DOCTOR!
THIS IS NOT A HOAX! “DON’T BE AN A**HOLE!”
THIS VIRUS MAY KILL YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT!

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DON’T GO TO CHURCH!
DON’T GATHER IN GROUPS OF ANY SIZE!
“Social Distancing” saves lives. STAY THE FUCK HOME!

CAN YOU TRUST THE INFO FROM THE CDC?
TRUMP IS FLAT OUT LYING TO YOU!
Trump’s medical experts aren’t telling the truth.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

We went out to pick up dog food at the pet store today. While we were waiting we watched a group of three homeless guys in the parking lot shake hands, high five and then hug. Of course they weren’t wearing masks or gloves. No action about this kind of careless behavior will result in widespread transmission among the homeless in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles.

EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

The Orange Turd’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday
jerkoff  press conferences were just unreal! He must RESIGN!

“Trump’s recommendation of hydroxychloroquine, for the second day in a row at a White House briefing, was a striking example of his brazen willingness to distort and outright defy expert opinion and scientific evidence when it does not suit his agenda.”

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HydroxyChloriquine: Which companies do the Trump’s have money in? Generic drug manufacturers have already made commitments to ramp up production of hydroxychloroquine. Amneal Pharmaceuticals (AMRX) will make 20 million pills by mid-April, Mylan (MYL) 50 million pills using the ingredients it has available, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries (TEVA) will ship more than 10 million in total within a month. Novartis (NVS) subsidiary Sandoz has said it will donate 130 million doses if the drug is approved for Covid-19 patients

“There are side effects to hydroxychloroquine….. It causes psychiatric symptoms,
cardiac problems and a host of other bad side effects.”
– Dr. Megan L. Ranney, emergency physician at Brown University

“But what do I know? I’m not a doctor” – Trump

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Trump and the Republicans in Congress are a Clear and Present Danger
to Public Health and Safety of the United States! LOCK THEM UP!

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS FAILED TO PROTECT THE UNITED STATES!
Trump was briefed about Coronavirus 3 months ago!
He called it a hoax, a conspiracy theory, ignored it and of course, lied about it!
A TOTAL REPUBLICAN FAILURE! Trump fired the NSC Pandemic Team in 2018!

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Basketball season?
Stupid leader will kill us

Humans are doomed

TRUMP IS A LIAR! HE KNOWS NOTHING!
ALWAYS BLAMING SOMEONE ELSE! TRUMP IS A TOTAL FAILURE!
He and everyone in his administration should be removed from office today.
The level of insanity is beyond belief!
Every American should call for his immediate resignation.

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EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! –
EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE! – EVERYTHING TRUMP SAYS IS A LIE!

WILL YOU DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?
You and Your Family are “acceptable losses” for Trump and the GOP Republicans!

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WILL YOU DIE FOR TRUMP’S ECONOMY?

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“Open the Country by Easter” – Trump

On The Menu: a bean and cheese burrito with avocado and salsa

 

 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

“Oh, think twice. It’s just another day for you and me in paradise.”
– Phil Collins

Wake up, wash, rinse, repeat. (Do you feel like you have OCD?)
Feed the dogs, get the newspaper, play with the dogs.
Bagel with cream cheese and espresso for breakfast.
We did some laundry. We did some gardening.
We have a tree full of lemons. We already have some lemons.
So now we have more lemons. Maybe we’ll make lemonade.

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Lemons! And Gardening on Sunday.

On a very PERSONAL NOTE:
Our best friend in Los Angeles (known him 40 years) is leaving town tomorrow and driving back to Texas. He dropped off some stuff we bought from him on Thursday, and then we drove over to his place and picked up some more stuff he wasn’t taking with, that he gave to us last night (Saturday). So we said goodbye from six feet apart, both wearing masks/facial covering, and everything about it sucks except the cool stuff.

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Our annual Summer Family Reunion was Cancelled this week too:
Greetings Cousins,
In the past few days, many of you have reached out to express your love and support for the family, and to share your thoughts and concerns regarding one another’s welfare and Jubilee 2020. Thank you! It is because of such active participation that our family organization has been able to survive the trials of the past 110 years. It is what will keep us strong in the times ahead.
A decision has been reached on Jubilee 2020. It is not an announcement that I share with pleasure, but it is the outcome I strongly believe the unfolding crisis demands. By unanimous agreement of the Board, the Jubilee event will be cancelled. Anyone who has already registered will be fully reimbursed.

Instead there will be a virtual Family Meeting:
While this decision could have been delayed without financial penalty, there are too many known and unknown factors that call for cancellation. Even assuming that travel everywhere is freely permitted by July, that our venues are fully operational, and gatherings of over 100 people are being tolerated, it is projected that risk of contagion will exist well through the summer. The Board feels strongly that no one should have to choose between their personal well-being and their desire to attend a family function.

A sad but smart decision by our Family Verband Board!
This crisis will not be over soon. This is an EMERGENCY!
We are not going to be the same ever again.

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HOLY SH*T!
Six Tigers at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for COVID-19!
(Apparently the tigers caught it from a zookeeper)
The tigers are expected to recover, but HOLY SH*T!

On The Menu: We had a “polish dog” for late lunch, and then didn’t get hungry until late. Self-isolation means there is no clock… we repeated last night’s dinner: a bean and cheese burrito with avocado and salsa – only we added grated cheese and some rice, and didn’t butter fry it, instead heated the contents in a pan and toasted the tortilla and pepperjack cheese. (Yeah, so it’s Monday at 1am, whatever)

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A rice & bean & cheese burrito with avocado and salsa

“Meanwhile FDA scientists are still trying to figure out why
a circular pizza is served in a square box and eaten in triangles.”

 

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Cleaning Supplies!

 

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Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
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TRAVEL ALERT! – European Travel Ban!
(remember the chaos it caused because the Department of Homeland Security, airports, and the TSA weren’t prepared to handle incoming passenger screenings)

The United States government has prohibited non-US citizens who are from the 26 countries that make up the European Union’s Schengen Area or who have visited the Schengen Area in the previous two weeks from entering the United States. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. United States government’s policy went into effect at 11:59pm Eastern Time on March 13, 2020.