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Cookery [Sep. 30th, 2007|03:08 pm]
It is a weekend of cookery.

We had to cancel D&D last night, so I decided it would be a good opportunity to do the 'cream puff howto' for returntoshore and zalena, since Jeff & Alice wanted people to come over for socialization anyway. (In part, because Alice had made cinnamon rolls.) So I made cream puffs, and got bryree to take pictures so I can make an Instructable.

We played a couple rounds of Unspeakable Word and then The Big Idea, which is always a blast. Jeff was able to play Motivational Love Shark as the followup to the classic Extravagant Time Shark of many moons ago, so apparently it's a franchise now. Sara's Gigantic Death Jet was brilliant. (Like a Viking funeral barge, but bigger. And flying.) I did quite well with Mentholated Bagpipe Organizer and Flammable Monkey Art. ("All ze greatest arteests come from France. Renoir, Monet, et now... JoJo ze flammable monkey. 'E eez a monkey. 'E eez on fire. 'E eez from France. And 'e make art for you. To 'ang on your wall. On fire.") It's all about the accents.

And today, Greg made tiramisu. I made chicken gumbo. Somewhat time-consuming, but not hard and I think it'll be good. (It still needs to simmer for an hour or two.) I realized that I was somewhat intimidated by the prospect of cutting apart a whole chicken, but no longer. I think there was a part of my brain that was thinking of it as a precision operation of some kind, like a dissection or something. Ha! No, it just needs to be in smaller pieces.

[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2007-09-30 10:49 pm (UTC)
Because we buy free-range, all of our poultry comes as whole units. It's been fun learning over the last few years how to divide poultry. If you have How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman explains how to do it in a way I like a lot. (If you don't, let me know and I'll get it for you for Xmas...)
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2007-09-30 10:52 pm (UTC)
It was exactly Bittman that I had open on my counter while I was doing it!
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2007-09-30 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. (It's funny--you're sort of at the, "if I knew what to get him, I'd buy him a gift for Xmas" level.)
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[User Picture]From: bryree
2007-10-01 03:53 am (UTC)
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