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Solicit or offer ideas, cheer each other on, ask for or offer data or resources, team up and do a group-authored post or a mini-carnival cluster of posts, find a beta, be a beta ...

I would like to say: I am not at all worried about avoiding duplication, and suggest that nobody else be either.

If eight people do posts on How To Cook Eggs, they will all be different, they will all be right and useful, and each of them will be somebody's absolute most useful and favourite post of the whole carnival.

Carry on!
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Date: 2011-12-19 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] bemused_leftist
Another issue -- how to have everything get hot and on the table at the same time. EG, stuffing peppers with rice and meat may sound like a lot of work, but the work happens early and is less pressure than having to get three separate pans off the stove and into three separate serving dishes all hot at the same time.

Maybe that's what "one-dish meals" is all about?

Date: 2011-12-20 01:24 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] geeksdoitbetter
"Maybe that's what "one-dish meals" is all about?"





Date: 2011-12-20 08:57 pm (UTC)
passerine: Picture of Sparrow from Dykes to Watch For (Default)
From: [personal profile] passerine
Would small-child-related topics be helpful?

In particular, one of my kids tumbled from the top to the bottom of the growth charts and was diagnosed Failure To
Thrive (due to what turned out to be an undetected medical problem). I've also helped other moms out with this kind of stuff by sharing what we did with our daughter to get her more comfortable with eating and outside of what her doctor considered medically dangerous weight-for-length.

Date: 2011-12-21 01:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] indywind
That would be welcome!

Date: 2011-12-21 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ursula
I'd love to do a set of "How do you make Fruit/Vegetable X into dinner?" posts (e.g. how to make a dinner that revolves around apples or beets or carrots or pomegranates), but I feel like this might be too advanced for the current theme?

Date: 2011-12-21 02:22 pm (UTC)
ursula: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ursula
Heh, my strategy for cooking for one is apparently "cook for two and eat the leftovers for lunch".


Date: 2011-12-22 09:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amazon_syren
I used to get a box of veggies and fruits delivered every week. I eventually stopped doing this because they tended to rot before I could/would use them.

Part of this was because I was cooking for one, and the box was good for 3-4

More to the point, though, it was because I sucked at Cooking With What You Have (instead of what you feel like having) AND Prioritizing What To Eat First (when you've got a box of stuff, some of which will rot in two days, and some of which will keep for a week).

If someone (Ursula?) wants to tackle a post about bulk perishables and how to use them up well, that would be awesome.

Re: Suggestion

Date: 2011-12-23 05:57 pm (UTC)
libitina: snake across an open book (Default)
From: [personal profile] libitina
Prioritizing what to eat first takes up a huge amount of my processing capacity (luckily I enjoy thinking about food).

If you look through my food blog, a lot of it is list after list of what's in my refrigerator so that I can then pick out the items that have the shortest lifespan and plan meals around them.

If someone has an easier way, I'd love to learn it.

OTOH, if you want examples of this process, I have a few years' worth of these lists.

Date: 2011-12-24 10:34 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nancylebov
I found the amount of information a little intimidating on the first pass, and I already know some of it.

I'd like to see somewhat from people who learned to cook as adults about what was enough information to get them started, and more from people who aren't cooking but probably could be about what what makes getting started difficult for them.

On the cleaning side, I've got a couple of posts about scrubbing. It seemed to me that I had attention issues which made getting things clean difficult. I do, but it turned out that I also wasn't using hot enough water, and that expecting myself to get things clean on the first pass was like expecting myself to be able to write without needing to proofread.

A book which looks promising but which I haven't read: Make the Bread, Buy the Butter: What You Should and Shouldn't Cook from Scratch -- Over 120 Recipes for the Best Homemade Foods.

Date: 2012-01-03 06:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle
I would really appreciate advice about food prep constrained by joint problems. It seems like most of what I read on "cooking when one has a disability" addresses general lack of spoons, or food sensitivities (problems that make it seem like a good idea to roast a whole chicken, or make a big batch of something in the crockpot.) With the 2 weeks of shoulder pain-flare I had at the end of December, I couldn't lift a whole chicken. And maneuvering the crockpot is even harder.

Date: 2012-01-06 08:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] susan8020
Yes, more on this would be good.

Date: 2012-01-05 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm just going to post this here. I had a big screed ready to go when you originally put this up, but life got in the way and anyway it would have been an overreaction. I did read this post and feel that it was just another narrowcast for a select group with extremely specific characteristics and yet it was presented as something broader in focus, but I sure didn't see that.

Plus the judging of primal/paleo in a context of 'not judging' with of course nobody having a problem with that just goes to my point about the narrowcasting. As well as the focus on a very small number of ingredients while talking about 'everyone has different notions of healthy food', but of course only a few things are even listed as stuff to eat at all.

It just had the tenor of being for a little clique and not for a broader group, to me, because I can't eat most of what was discussed, I don't cook for health and logistics reasons and rely on a spouse for that, I have a spouse and an infant, and I eat meat, but not by buying a whole animal and never any other option. And I eat primal/paleo-ly and I find the dismissal of all the numerous female voices in those spheres, of a mix of age ranges, very, well, honestly I suppose triggering is the best word. That community of people continues to be self-checking and supportive and I find that support valuable because so many people dismiss and insult those individuals, even non-judging types.

And you know, it's fine, this is probably not for me. I simply hoped it was because I certainly spent my time not cooking because I thought I was poor at it. Such is life. You all have a lovely New Year.

Date: 2012-01-28 06:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Would a discussion about freezing foods--especially freezing one or two portions of something--be of interest to anyone?

There would be a little bit of food science (x ingredient doesn't freeze well, here's why!) as well as a check-list sort of thing to help people pick which recipes will stand up to the freezer and some advice about the best containers for the specific job at hand (bags versus foil packs versus jars). My wife has to get some use out of her O-Level GCE cert in food and nutrition somehow!

Date: 2012-01-28 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] daedala
YES. I'm back to cooking for one, and knowing more about freezing stuff would be helpful! Most places that talk about freezing talk about the whole casserole or whatever, which does not solve the problem of getting tired of my own leftovers.

Date: 2012-01-28 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Awesome! I know what I'm doing tomorrow afternoon!
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