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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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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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For tomorrow we diet.”
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“Fat gives things flavor.” – Julia Child

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”

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“Learn how to cook! Try new recipes!
Learn from your mistakes! Be fearless! And above all have fun.”

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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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May his memory be a blessing!

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Fruit! Fruit! Fruit!

Fruit! Fruit! Fruit! (and it’s good for you too)
All these “Still Life” fruit photos taken by JoshWillTravel

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Any fruit or 100% fruit juice counts as part of the Fruit Group.
Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen or dried and whole, cut-up or pureed.

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 “How do ya like them apples?” (An expression of gloating when someone turns the tables on someone else, the phrase originated in World War I with the “Toffee Apple” trench mortar used by British troops, in the 1959 film Rio Bravo a guy tosses a hand grenade and says the line, and it is used again famously in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting)

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“You Talkin’ To Me?” – Banana DeNiro

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“Is that a banana in your pocket?
Or are you just happy to see me?” – Mae West
(usually said when it appears someone has a boner to embarrass and draw attention to them)

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Baking Banana Bread pt 1 – Recipe, Instruction & Prep:
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Mrs. Hochmeyer’s Banana Bread!

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“Who wants an orange whip?
Orange whip? Orange whip?
Three orange whips.” 
– John Candy in “The Blues Brothers”

“Everyone should wake up and have a fresh-squeezed orange every day. By having a fresh glass of orange juice with American oranges, you are supporting the local economy, you have all the vitamin C you need in a day, and you support the environment because you don’t use any plastic from bottles or bags.” – Jose Andres

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“The Trunk, Leaves, and Flowers of this Tree, very much resemble
those of the Orange-tree.
The Fruit, when ripe, is something longer and larger than the largest
Orange; and exceeds, in the Delicacy of its Taste, the Fruit of every
Tree in this or any of our neighbouring Islands.
It hath somewhat of the Taste of a Shaddock; but far exceeds that, as
well as the best Orange, in its delicious Taste and Flavour.”

—Description from Rev. Griffith Hughes’ 1750 Natural History of Barbados.

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The grapefruit is a subtropical citrus tree known for its sour to semi-sweet fruit. Grapefruit is a hybrid from Barbados (an accidental cross between two species, sweet orange and pomelo, both were introduced from Asia in the seventeenth century). The grapefruit’s name alludes to clusters of the fruit on the tree, which often appear similar to grapes, but it was known as the shaddock or shattuck until the 19th century. Further crosses have produced the tangelo (1905), the Minneola tangelo (1931), and the oroblanco (1984). Varieties of Texas and Florida grapefruit include: Oro Blanco, Ruby Red, Pink, Thompson, White Marsh, Flame, Star Ruby, Duncan, and Pummelo HB.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?”
– Albert Einstein

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Tangerine, she is all they claim
With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame
Tangerine, when she dances by, senoritas stare and caballeros sigh
And I’ve seen toasts to Tangerine
Raised in every bar across the Argentine
Yes, she has them all on the run, but her heart belongs to just one
Her heart belongs to Tangerine
Tangerine, she is all they say
With mascara’d eye and chapeaux by Dache.
Tangerine, with her lips of flame
If the color keeps, Louis Philippe’s to blame.
And I’ve seen clothes on Tangerine
Where the label says “From Macy’s Mezzanine”.
Yes, she’s got the guys in a whirl, but she’s only fooling one girl
She’s only fooling Tangerine!
“Tangerine” by  Johnny Mercer & Victor Schertzinger (1941)

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“The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Moliere

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Fruit Juices, Canned Goods & Apple Cider Vinegar

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“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.”
– Will Rogers

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“Life is just a bowl of cherries…”
Definition of “life is just a bowl of cherries” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus: something that you say that means that life is very pleasant. This phrase is often used humorously to mean the opposite.

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“Life is just a bowl of cherries/Don’t take it serious; it’s too mysterious
You work, you save, you worry so/But you can’t take your dough when you go, go, go
So keep repeating it’s the berries/The strongest oak must fall
The sweet things in life, to you were just loaned
So how can you lose what you’ve never owned?
Life is just a bowl of cherries/So live and laugh at it all”

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Fruit Stand at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Grandma’s Cherry Cheesecake

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Homemade Jelly Donuts

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Watermelon is the name of a sweet edible fruit.
It is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of flowering plants.
Originally from Africa, it is now grown worldwide.
There are more than 1000 varieties of watermelons.
Watermelon has a high water content, it is ~92% water.
Water melon has nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Vitamin C, B1, B5 and B6, and A; Potassium, Magnesium,
carotenoids (beta-carotene and lycopene), and citrulline (an amino acid).

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“I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill,
On Blueberry Hill when I found you.” – Fats Domino

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The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to its medicinal use. The garden strawberry was first bred in the 1750s in Brittany, France, via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from eastern North America and Fragaria chiloensis, which was brought from Chile in 1714.

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Fresh Strawberry Donuts from The Donut Man!

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Berry Panna Cotta & Berry Sorbet

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Strawberry Margarita at El Torito

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Mango Chutney

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Fruit Compote for Thanksgiving

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Fruit Stand at Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf – San Francisco

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Angel food shortcake w/buttercream, fruit& almond slices

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“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” ― Elbert Hubbard (a proverbial phrase used to encourage optimism and a positive can-do attitude in the face of adversity or misfortune)

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Drink – Frozen Mango Lemonade

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Fresh made raspberry lemonade

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The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989.
The band consists of vocalist Dolores O’Riordan and three other guys.

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Life is Just a Bowl of Kumquats.

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AVOCADO?
Fruit or Vegetable?

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And what about Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Corn?
(“that keep us on growing once we have been born”)

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“Mine’s bigger. My cucumber. It’s bigger. I think vegetables (fruits) can be very sensuous, don’t you?” – Eric “Otter” Stratton in “Animal House”

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National Donut Day! And a tribute to Mitch Hedberg!

National Donut Day is Friday June 5th, 2015!

The first Friday of June each year is National Donut Day! Originally created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I, you can get a FREE DONUT most places that serve donuts on Friday!National-Donut-Day

There are three other important doughnut celebrations: International Jelly-Filled Donut Day on June 8 (occasionally on June 9), “National Cream-Filled Donut Day” on September 14 and “Buy A Donut Day” on October 30.

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day! Time to eat the donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Cinnamon Roll!

A tribute to Mitch Hedberg:

Receipt for the donut...

Receipt for the donuts…

“I bought a doughnut and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don’t need a receipt for the doughnut. I’ll just give you money and you give me the doughnut. End of transaction. We don’t need to bring ink and paper into this. I can’t imagine a scenario in which I would need to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend? ‘Don’t even act like I didn’t buy a doughnut, I’ve got the documentation right here. Oh wait, it’s back home in the file… under ‘D’, for ‘doughnut’…” ― Mitch Hedberg

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National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! Chocolate covered custard filled donut!

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Mmmm....Donuts.

Mmmm….Donuts.

What's your favorite kind of donut?

What’s your favorite kind of donut?

More Donuts!

More Donuts!

"Say HELLO to my little friends!" National Donut Day!

“Say HELLO to my little friends!”

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Inflatable Donuts from “The Simpsons Take The Hollywood Bowl”

“MMMMMMM….Donuts.” ~ Homer Simpson

 

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I SCORED! Two chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and nuts from Yum Yum Donuts and three old fashioned, a plain cake, a glazed and a chocolate covered from Winchell’s. They were warm and fresh and smelled so good…

Warm Fresh Donuts!

Warm Fresh Donuts!

National Donut Day!

National Donut Day! – Yum Yum Donuts

National Donut Day

National Donut Day! – Winchell’s Donut House

National Donut Day

National Donut Day – NO MORE DONUTS! 

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Friday Night Dinner – Good Shabbos!

Friday Night Dinner! Good Shabbos!

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I did a little happy cooking in the kitchen today! ON THE MENU: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber, radish) with ranch dressing, tortilla chips with fresh guacamole, fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso.

Starter course: Crudite' (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Crudite’ (carrots, celery, cucumber & radish) w/ranch dressing

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Starter course: Fresh made guacamole with tortilla chips

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken (cooking)

Sticky Chicken

Roasted Sticky Chicken with carrots and onions (cooking)

Sticky Chicken (done)

Roasted Sticky Chicken (done) with carrots and onions

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

Vegetable course: Sauteed Asparagus

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Potato Course: Roasted Garlic Red Potato

Dinner Plate

Dinner Plate: Sticky roast chicken with carrots and onions, roasted garlic red potato, sautéed asparagus, crudite’ (celery, carrots, cucumber) with ranch dressing

Fresh made raspberry lemonade

Drink: Fresh made raspberry lemonade and an iced espresso

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Dessert Course: Mixed Berry Tart

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