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Food for Thought (and Discussion)

PostPosted: Sep 05, 2009 3:40 pm
by Horse_Lover
Let's talk about everything that has to do with cooking! :) I like decorating cakes mostly, but I haven't done that many.
I've made cookies and bread before also. :)
What do all you like to do? Please post it here.

If there is already a thread similer to this, please close it Mods. :ymblushing:

Mod Note from fantasia_kitty, April 16, 2012:
The other mods and I have decided to change this thread into a general food discussion thread. Pretty much everybody likes to eat, but not everybody likes to cook. Feel free to discuss anything related to food in this thread! :)

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 05, 2009 4:08 pm
by Shadowlander
Woot! The cooking thread is open again! :D

I don't cook unless it's pre-prepared meals for the most part (Stouffer's and I are real good friends :) ) but tonight I'm grilling some sirloin steaks and loaded baked potatoes. And I'm majorly looking forward to it! B-)

Do you have pics of the cakes you've made/decorated, perchance?

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 05, 2009 4:27 pm
by SnowAngel
Horselover, you're a girl after my own heart. I've been helping with decorating my own and my siblings' birthday cakes for years, but this year I'm going serious and doing my own cake decorating course. I am waiting on my sister Scarlet to order supplies from LorAnn Oils, mostly food coloring. Mom has quite a few Wilton cake decorating tips already, so I don't need to get but one or two of my own.

Now I'm really hungry, Shadowlander, but we're only having frozen pizza (cooked, of course) for our supper tonight. ;) But we do have doughnuts for dessert. :) Um-um, apple fritters...nothing like them!


Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 6:36 am
by Horse_Lover
Shadow, I do have some pics, but they are not uploaded yet. I'll try to post them soon. :D MMMM, steak and baked potato sounds really good! :)

Cool Snowangel! :D I just LOOOOVE looking thriough our Wilton cake ooks and dreaming of when I could be that good. :D (Especialy the fancy wedding cakes! :) )

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 2:59 pm
by Djaq
This thread always makes me hungry... /:) (I'm not sure if that's a good thing...)

That's great that you're going to take a cake decorating course, SnowAngel! :D I hope that it goes well for you.
A couple years ago, I took a cake-decorating course with my two sisters (one of them is flambeau). It was neat, and we've made some cakes for people since then.
I'd love to see pictures of your cakes, Horse_Lover, and SnowAngel. :D

This cake is probably my one of favorite ones yet! flambeau made it a couple years ago and I think it turned out great! (our brother was going through a construction course, and we made this for his graduation) :D

I enjoy cooking, and I'm trying to do it more. I think that it's a really important skill that will be valuable to you in the future. :)


Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 4:46 pm
by Shadowlander
Hmmm...Djaq...did you ask the company/manufacturer's permission to use their likeness in the cake? =;

8-} I'm just kidding. That looks wonderfully detailed, all things considered. How on earth did you manage to get the cake to conform to the shape that you wanted?

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 5:19 pm
by mm1991
I'm good at baking!
Just not that good at cooking!
(I'm working on it!) :p

This week's dessert: Lemon bars!

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 5:48 pm
by Queen Susan
I've taken some cake-decorating classes, but have done nothing to be proud of. ;)) *laugh* Really, I'm not very good at it.

Cooking and baking? Well, I'd say I'm ok. My friend would say I'm wonderful at it. But I'd say she's biased.

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 06, 2009 6:02 pm
by SnowAngel
Cool cake! B-) I made some chocolate cupcakes last week, I will post pictures of them soon(I don't have the pictures on the computer yet.). I can also post the recipe, if anyone wants it. The hard part of my course is that I'm just using books and practice and, of course, a lot of patience. ;)

Shadowlander, you make 9x13 cake and then cut it to the shape you want. Mom has made lots of cakes that way for my brothers, such as a tank, a cowboy boot, a baseball glove, etc. The hard part is getting the right shape. :-\ That is one of things I need to learn how to do. :D I'm not very good at it, yet. :)

Queen Susan, what do you like to bake the best?


Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 07, 2009 9:39 am
by briofthesilversea
I said I would post pictures of the Reservation Style Chicken once I made it. Well, I finally made it, so here are the pictures. And I'll post the recipe under it too, so that no one has to go back into the archives and dig it up. Now with the onions, I didn't do as much, and I diced them and sauteed (sp?) them in the oil. :)

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2 large onions, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cooking oil or olive oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
nonstick spray coating
2 1/2 pounds meaty chicken pieces (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks),skinned
1 8 ounce carton plain low fat yogurt
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 cup chopped green or sweet red pepper
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped
parsley sprigs

In a large skillet cook onion and garlic in hot oil till onion is tender but not brown. Stir in cooked brown rice. Spray a 12 x 7 1/2 x 2 inch baking dish with nonstick spray coating. Spread rice mixture in baking dish. Arrange chicken pieces atop rice. In a mixing bowl stir together yogurt, flour, cumin, ginger, and 1/2
teaspoon salt. Stir in chopped green or sweet red pepper. Spoon over chicken in dish.Bake, covered, in a 350ยบ oven for 50 to 60 minutes or till chicken is tender.
Serve with chopped tomatoes. Garnish with parsley.

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 07, 2009 12:20 pm
by Tiana
Yay!! This topic is open again.

I found a really good way to make pork.

If you take a pork loin and slice it then let it sit in lemon for about thirty minutes, put garlic salt, and pepper on it, then broil it it tastes REALLY good.

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 07, 2009 4:33 pm
by Shadowlander
Ti'ana! Long time no see kiddo! Your recipe sounds really good...I imagine it'd be awesome when it's grilled too. :D

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 08, 2009 9:02 am
by wisewoman
This thread is making me hungry!

Thanks for posting your pics and recipe again, bri. It has reminded me to try making that :)

And Tiana, that sounds delicious. Only, I don't know how to broil. It always sounded so complicated to me :ymblushing:

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 08, 2009 12:20 pm
by AncientEgyptFan
Everyone's food looks/sounds wonderful! :D

I like to cook and to decorate cakes. :)

Here are two pictures of a "castle" cake that I made. (Please excuse the messy table. :ymblushing: )



The cake was a chocolate one that I made from scratch and the frosting was also chocolate made from scratch.
The top and sides of the cake are made out of cake/frosting and the towers are made of ice-cream cones turned upside down.

This cake isn't the best that I have made. I think that the frosting was not as stiff as it usually was so the "castle" tended to "sag" a little. In fact, one of the walls seemed determined to fall down! :)

Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 08, 2009 3:47 pm
by SnowAngel
Here's the picture.
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Remember I was just practicing with these cupcakes.

Cool castle, AEF. I think it needs some M&Ms. B-)


Re: Cooking/Cake Decorating

PostPosted: Sep 08, 2009 7:22 pm
by Tiana
WW it really isn't that hard to broil......well, that said, I've only broiled in an electric oven, not a gas one.

Shadowlander, I bet it would work just as good on the grill.

AEF, that's a cool castle cake. I like to decorate things, but rarely do it cause my family isn't very fond of icing.

SA, those look delicious!