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Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:04 PM

I'm grateful that the pandemic isolation has gotten me to start cooking again....

....not just take out all the time....

Just finished making (and eating) Chinese stir fry with braised tofu.

Yum!

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Reply I'm grateful that the pandemic isolation has gotten me to start cooking again.... (Original post)
Sogo Mar 2021 OP
Pantagruel Mar 2021 #1
Buckeye_Democrat Mar 2021 #2
Irish_Dem Mar 2021 #3
CrispyQ Mar 2021 #4
Sogo Mar 2021 #6
CrispyQ Mar 2021 #7
Yavin4 Mar 2021 #5

Response to Sogo (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:10 PM

1. Haven't bought bread in 7 months

Baking 3X a week, incredibly good, incredibly easy loaves and rolls.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:16 PM

2. I've been doing it more too, and only eating grocery-food...

... for over a year now.

I haven't even visited a restaurant drive-thru during that time, something that I usually did at least twice a week previously.

I'm still not being as fancy and complicated with my home-cooking as I did a few years ago, though, when it was like a passing hobby for me. Lots of very basic and cheaply-made stuff for me lately.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:20 PM

3. Same here. I got a good Black Friday deal on an instant pot, and cooking up a storm.

I love it. The food is nutritious and fresh.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:37 PM

4. Over the last year I have perfected

homemade pizza dough, lentil pilaf, vegan mushroom gravy, Kung Pao sauce, & ginger spice cookies. Also, I've really come to love smoked paprika. I've made one batch of cinnamon rolls that were dry & hard. But we're looking at a snowy weekend, so maybe I'll try again.

We eat a ton of tofu, usually baked. I've never had it braised.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:53 PM

6. I start out by searing the tofu in oil, nicely browned on both sides, then remove it from the pan.

Then I cook the veggies for about 3-4 minutes in the same pan (after having par boiled them for about 1-2 minutes); then add the hoison sauce mixture and let it simmer with the veggies for about a minute; then add the seared tofu back into the mix and let it all simmer for about 1-2 minutes more.....In the meantime, the steamed rice has been cooking to perfection!

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Response to Sogo (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 04:00 PM

7. Mmmmm, that sounds good.

I have a nice selection of veggies in the fridge & I just found a hoison sauce recipe & I have all the ingredients.

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Response to Sogo (Original post)

Fri Mar 12, 2021, 03:42 PM

5. My top advice to young people is this: learn how to cook.

It's one of the top 10 best life skill that you can have. You will save yourself a fortune over time, and you will make yourself attractive to a future mate.

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