Shaking and Baking Chicken with Valerie a.k.a. Marge, your cooking has two moves…

Just got through watching coverage on the NHL trade deadline.  The Nashville Predators are the winners of this one.  But then that’s what I thought about the Washington Capitals after this past Free Agency and they took a big ol’ Boudreau when the season started.  Anyhow, enough hockey.  Let’s get talking about a meal that happened a week ago.

My friend Valerie has been on the east coast since we graduated high school and recently returned after completing graduate school in Technical Production for Theater.  She learned much of her cooking growing up from her mother and grandmother.  The skills she learned were put to good use when she went off to college and had to fend for herself.  She told me that she specialized in quick cheap meals.  Right up my alley!

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Cooking Gluten-Free Pancakes with Anne: a.k.a. How to not break a washing machine

I wasn’t planning on doing a breakfast meal for one of these blog entries, because it’s breakfast, how complicated can it get?? But this blog isn’t about getting complicated, it’s about learning.

I met with my friend Anne at 9:30 in the morning. I’m pretty sure I woke her up when I texted her that morning. She said it was no big deal, but I think we both wished we were sleeping.

Anne has been a good friend of mine ever since our sophomore or junior years in high school (I can’t remember which.) For this meal, she chose gluten-free pancakes. I was hoping for gluten-free ice cream cake, but that doesn’t fly at 9:30 AM.

Anne has an allergy to wheat and gluten is a protein in wheat. While this may suck for most people (like me and my bread addiction,) Anne has made the most of it. Since she learned about it, she has become a fantastic cook for herself and her husband, Jeff. Almost every restaurant has gluten in their food or all over their stations that prepare food. This has forced Anne to cook for herself and healthy meals at that. In her words, she has to put in extra effort to cook unhealthy (though this has not stopped her. She once cooked Bacon and Cheddar stuffed Pork Chops. Calm yourself meat eaters.)

We started with the pancake mix. It is called Pamela’s Pancake mix.

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Cooking Bruschetta with Amy a.k.a. Apparently I need to watch Julie and Julia

So for my first entry, I met with my cooking partner in crime, Amy. She and I have cooked before and she has taught me a lot. Our previous meals had focused around my bachelorhood and lack of cooking ability. So when I asked her to find a recipe that was more significant to her, she opted to go with a simple route.

Amy is a half-Persian woman who’s non-Persian mother was a major influence on her cooking ability. Paraphrasing Amy, “noon paneer,” is a traditional Iranian dish that is usually served with tea and eaten for breakfast. It usually consists of flat bread with feta (or other cheese) with mint, basil, or onion. She grew up with this and in her household, it eventually evolved into its western counterpart, bruschetta. In Amy’s family, this was not limited to breakfast but would also be served throughout the day. If mom didn’t have enough time to cook or if a large lunch was had, bruschetta made its way into their daily routine.

Seeing as how I had a fatty cheese steak with fries for lunch, bruschetta was a perfect choice for the evening.

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I’m Hungry!: An Introduction

Hey all. Welcome to my blog for my Mass Communications class (MCOM 63) at San Jose State. We were given the luxury of choosing whatever subject we like so I decided on one of my up and coming interests: cooking!

I’ve never been that good at cooking. In fact, I used to fall back on fast food-a lot; one of the hazards of living with roommates who also were not taught to cook. Since then I have decided to take the reins and fix this issue once and for all.
Simplicity in my cooking has been a trademark thus far: I’ve been sticking to pasta recipes mostly. But this blog has provided me with a unique opportunity to expand my repertoire while also spending some quality time with friends.

I hope to walk you all through the journey for each meal: where to get the ingredients, how much it costs to make, the time for preparation and cooking, and of course, eating it!

In addition, I hope to educate you on some of the individuals I intend to cook with. All of them cook different things for different reasons (reasons beyond hunger!)

Cooking has evolved into a way for me to become closer to the people I know and with this blog I hope I can illustrate not only my love of food but how special the people I know are.

Screw Flanders Bon Appétit!