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home cooking basics everyone should know

never, never, never oil in the pasta water. it's fascinating how much this myth has caught on. all oil does is coat your pasta and repel the sauce away from it. definitely do not teach your new to cooking relative this "basic."

salt the water. no oil. ever.

Apr 30, 2008
emmybee in Home Cooking

Good melting cheese for pasta? Suggestions?

i don't know if this is the sort of thing you're looking for, but i really enjoy mixing ricotta (straight from the fridge even) into pasta with tomatoes, spinach, onion, garlic, whatever you usually add to a veggie pasta arrangement. i also throw in crushed red pepper flakes because the ricotta alone can sometimes be too soft a taste.

it's soft, and creamy without being heavy. i especially love it for spring/summer dinners because it lets you really taste the fresh vegetables after a winter of canned/unseasonal options.

Apr 28, 2008
emmybee in Home Cooking

Strategic Eating

i always eat with the heavy food on the bottom. like i'd never eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the jelly side down. i still hate that subway makes its sandwiches with the protein on top of the "toppings" like lettuce, etc.

i know it makes no sense...

Apr 24, 2008
emmybee in General Topics

Best airplane food you've ever had?

kingfisher airlines in india (yes, owned by the kingfisher beer guy) had far and away the best airline food i've ever had. on a flight from bangalore to goa (about 45min in the air) we were served two incredibly well-spiced curries (there was vegetarian or meat meal selection, so four curries total were brought on board), and a surprisingly tasty golub jamun. i couldn't believe how good the food was compared to regular flight food. i think on a 45min U.S. flight you might not even get a beverage...

sadly, you can't actually drink kingfisher on kingfisher air, because there is no alcohol allowed on indian flights.

Apr 24, 2008
emmybee in General Topics

Wilted Greens with Balsamic Fried Eggs

i made this last night and it was excellent. filling but not heavy, and so fast! i used arugala because dandelion greens are somewhat hard to find. will definitely make this again. maybe even tonight...

Apr 24, 2008
emmybee in Recipes

What is baked tofu??

get ready, i'm about to blow your mind.

it's tofu that has been baked. often in an oven!

i recommend 375 degrees for 20min or so.

Apr 23, 2008
emmybee in General Topics

I'm Vegetarian but I Eat Bacon

you should politely let them know that although you are not vegetarian but you are a fabulously picky eater.

Apr 16, 2008
emmybee in Features