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  1. First Steps in Cooking

    My grandmother was cooking for us (Mom, Dad, me). I remember very sketchy things from my childhood (like applying mustard to pork chops prior to frying) but those may be false memories. I can not imagine buying proper pork chops in Soviet stores. As a teenager, I did not value home cooking. It was only after I had my son, that I became interested in making meals for him and for the rest of the family. Thank god, my grandmother was still alive. Her palate was amazing. She would simply add a little bit of this or that to my dish and it would be perfect. Hopefully my son will remember my meals fondly when I am no longer cooking (or worse).
  2. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    BA(arugula)T sandwich. One piece of bread shmeared with mayo, another one with blue cheese.
  3. To make it more inclusive and more interesting, may be we can see what meal can be cooked for the price of Big Mac meal (based on your local price). There are MacDonalds restaurants all around the world. There is also Big Mac index. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Mac_Index
  4. Breakfast! 2018

    @liuzhou I love the way your mind works
  5. Breakfast! 2018

    Solo breakfast today, can eat what I want. Egg salad (added a little bit of blue cheese, learned about it here on eGullet), crisp bread. Eaten outside!
  6. Breakfast! 2018

    Olive oil cake that my friend baked with cream cheese and bacon. Reheated French fries.
  7. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    And tonight dinner: duck breast cooked sous vide 136 degrees (I prefer 130 but the timing was tight) with roasted okra. Finished with Maldon salt.
  8. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Last night: left over roaster chicken re heated in CSO 325 bake steam while simultaneously cooking carrots under the chicken. Tzatziki inspired sauce.
  9. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Whole Foods has chickens on sale. Roasted at 450 degrees for about an hour in pre heated cast iron pan. I love my CSO but prefer convection oven for the chicken. Served with carrots steam baked in CSO.
  10. Lunch! What'd ya have? (2018)

    A friend gave me rosemary olive bread. It made delicious sandwich with Brie and truffles.
  11. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Mushroom risotto with truffles from Williams-Sonoma. Not as good as fresh truffles but delicious nevertheless.
  12. Breakfast! 2018

    @Anna N thank you
  13. I have a backup too. Thinking about getting back up for back up if the price is right.
  14. Breakfast! 2018

    How long do you cure chicken legs? And I usually do confit sous vide. What time and temp would you recommend? Chicken legs have better price and availability, no question about that.