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[personal profile] amadi
A comment [personal profile] axelrod made in an earlier post struck a note with me: rice cookers are awesome because you put ingredients in, can go back to bed and wake up to hot food waiting for you.

For the same reason, I love my slow cooker. I appreciate something that lets me make even complex meals with no tending, just prep and go.

I've also been recently reminded that a good knife makes prep work so much easier. (I now really grok why chefs will use anyone's pans, pots and appliances but carry their own knives with them.) With arthritic hands, I am far more capable of doing cutting/chopping prep work with a good knife that fits my hand and has a good sharp edge on it than I was with a drawer full of mediocre knives.

Our focus thus far has largely been on recipes, but I'm curious what tools, appliances and "hardware" are important parts of your kitchen arsenal?
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[personal profile] rooibos and I are working our way through How to Cook Everything (which is a really great cookbook! Buy it if you see it in a used bookstore!) by Mark Bittman, and this is one of our favorites so far. I've modified it a little bit with my notes.

Serves: Four, with some sort of supplemental bread. Without bread, it serves closer to three.

Pros: Mostly unattended. Very few ingredients. Good for people who have time instead of spoons. Can easily be accomplished by someone learning to cook. Uses ingredients that store well. Very little cutting. Can be made up to 2 days in advance.

Cons: Requires blending. Not quick. Requires a little bit of knife work

Materials:
  • Medium-large saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Blender or food processor
  • Measuring cup
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

    Time: Between 30 minutes and 2 hours, based on the beans you use.

    Recipe and ingredients under here! )
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    [personal profile] jumpuphigh
    I just made this recipe for Oatmeal Crisps more or less

    Pros:  Simple recipe.  Easy to mix (I don't use an electric mixer and it was easy with a whisk and wooden spoon).  Yummy
    Cons:  Hot baking sheets

    Tips and Tricks
    I didn't grind the oatmeal.  Grinding 3 c. of oatmeal definitely fell into my "yeah, right, in your dreams" category.  I think grinding would have made them crispier but I don't feel like I'm missing anything by not grinding.
    If you use parchment paper, you can slide the paper with the cookies still on top from the cookie sheet onto the counter for cooling.  Save a spoon. 
    I think part of why it was so easy to mix was I let the margarine get really soft.
    If you need to put the batter in the fridge for later, definitely let it sit out until it is back at room temperature before trying to spoon it out. 

    ETA:  Also, even though you flatten the dough before baking, they will still expand in the oven.  Allow some room for that.
    ETA2:  It may just be that these are addictive.  I cannot stop eating them.
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    [personal profile] axelrod
    Since I can't sleep, let me tell share a few things with you all : ) And btw, these are dishes which I find easy in terms of speed, simplicity, accommodating limited mental spoons - not necessarily great for manual dexterity issues, maybe they are, I just know that these recipes work for me. Mostly, they require some rough measuring and I suggest shiitake mushrooms as optional ingredients a couple times - they're not the easiest thing to cut.


    1) Rice cookers! Possibly many of you know about these already, but for those who don't, the great thing about rice cookers is that you put in the rice, you put in the water, you turn it on, it cooks, it turns off automatically, and keeps it warm. On bad days, I've put the rice on, stumbled back to bed, and when I got up there was hot food for me to eat.

    Read more... )

    2) I tried one of the recipes from the Stone Soup cookbook which [personal profile] rydra_wong linked to a little while ago: the simple soba noodle soup with bok choy (page 21). Read more... )


    3) Green beans and cashews )

    ETA: added some cut tags

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    [personal profile] jumpuphigh
    I love this recipe for No-Knead Bread

    Pros:  Lack of kneading saves spoons.  Long rise allows for flexibility to accommodate high vs. low-energy moments.  Prep time is quick and easy.
    Cons:  Heavy lifting.  (I can use a Pyrex dish during the winter when the rise isn't as great but in the summer I have to use cast-iron in order for the dough to fit.)  If you want bread on Tuesday, you have to start it on Monday.

    I love that I can make organic bread for less than US$1 a loaf without too much muss or fuss. 

    Tips:
    If your bread is gummy, baking it at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time and then letting it sit for at least 30 minutes once it's done baking should solve the problem.  
    You can do all of the steps in a large bowl to avoid scrubbing counters.  Just flour the bottom of the bowl for the 2nd and 3rd stages.
    You can extend the initial rise by sticking the dough in the refrigerator then pulling it out for a few hours until it is appropriately bubbly before moving on to step 2. 
    If you live someplace with low humidity, add plastic wrap to the top of the bowl before covering it with a tea towel.

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    [personal profile] rydra_wong
    Thanks to [personal profile] sarah, who posted about this in [community profile] omnomnom:

    The blog Stone Soup (DW feed at [syndicated profile] stonesoup_feed) is giving away a free e-cookbook.

    Stone Soup: Minimalist Home Cooking

    All the recipes have a maximum of 5 ingredients and take a maximum of 10 minutes to prepare, so this is potentially of interest for people who may have very limited mental or physical energy for complex shopping or cooking (e.g. me).

    I've just downloaded it and it looks gorgeous, full of luscious photos, and the recipes seem fairly easy and do-able -- actually, I've just noticed that one recipe is almost identical to one of the meals I fall back on when I'm shortest on mental spoons.

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