Friday, March 13, 2009


I've been on a bit of a cooking craze the past couple of weeks. I'm not sure what it is, but I just decided that I want to cook a bit more. And the more I've cooked, the more I enjoy it. Most likely because AJ keeps telling me to cook my own food instead of buying frozen meals all the time :P So THANKS AJ!

As I type, I have a Banana-Chocolate Bread baking in the oven. This week, I made Spaghetti Carbonara (sooooo goooood) and a bunch of smoothies (ok, not really cooking, but at least I'm MAKING my own). I also made Steak au Poivre (which is a steak coated with peppercorn) and Steak with Teriyaki sauce. I also made Shrimp Scampi Linguine.... wasn't very good though. I think I put too much lemon. So instead, I turned it into Shrimp Linguine with Garlic Alfredo sauce. :P

So I'm getting all these recipes from this huge cookbook called "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook" which I got as a gift from my friend Sean a very, very long time ago. I can't believe I didn't use it sooner because this cookbook is seriously amazing. Everything that I've tried to make is amazingly simple, yet super delicious! If you're looking for a comprehensive cookbook that gives you recipes from Breakfast to Dessert, Poultry to Shellfish, Meats to Pastries, then I highly recmmend this cookbook for you!

HAHA, I turned into an infomercial. But really, the food is so good. And I'm really glad that I'm cooking. It's really rewarding to eat the food that I took time to make myself. I think I'm going to take cooking classes from the Cooking School opening up under my apartment building later this year. I want to learn enough to start making stuff on my own, just by taste, and not by following recipes. It'll take time, but it'll come. :)

The ONLY thing that I don't like about cooking is the fact that I have to do all the dishes afterwards! lol. Oh well.. you win some, you lose some. =P


torchy! said...

2.02am and you've just finished the washing up!

cooking does sound a lot of fun and those dishes are just making me drool :P

we'll bring the wine and chocs. what time do you want us round? :D


Anonymous said...

I love it when a paperweight or dust collector becomes useful. (And then kick myself in he butt for not checking it out earlier.)

That's a lot carbs you're consuming. But as a dancer you probably burn them off.

My favorite is banana nut bread (from scratch) with fresh bananas and just shelled pecans.

Anonymous said...

I like cooking, and I don't mind cleaning up. It's the grocery shopping I hate.

J said...

grocery shopping is the easy part, its that damn cleaning up that sucks

naturgesetz said...

I enjoy cooking. My problem (as in other things) is that I'm too painstaking about it. So preparation probably takes twice as long as it should. And I don't enjoy cleaning up, so I let stuff pile up. (Well, isn't that what bachelors are supposed to do?)

Sounds like you're doing good stuff and eating well, Doug.

Bon app├ętit!

Aek said...

I love cooking! Though, sometimes I'm a bit lazy about the dishes afterwards. And sometimes I'm just too busy to spend the time cooking. But that's what leftovers are for I suppose.

Anonymous said...

my definition of cooking is unfortunately not setting my food (or myself for that matter) when trying to steam broccoli :(.

midoriverdegreen said...

i can make pizza :)
the dough and everything, except the sauce. :P