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 Post subject: Pitch your wildest, stupidest cooking ideas
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This thread is a safe space. A sounding board. A ledge for us to talk you off of. Use it when you want to wonder out loud if something is crazy enough to work.


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This morning I had to share the oven with my wife. I was doing a bread bake, which requires 20 minutes at 475 in a covered dutch oven and then 30 minutes at 450 with the lid off. She needed to use the oven to roast some veggies for our son.

I thought, briefly, that it would be fun to fire up the charcoal grill after that covered portion of the bake and smoke the loaf at 450 for the last half our. I still might try it one day. Seems like it would make sense. You're still using convection, and I bet the smoky flavor seeping into the uncovered bread crust would be wild.

Also, I wonder if you can achieve a good bowl of steel cut oatmeal using a french press.


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Convection is tricky. First of all, most consumer ovens do a piss poor job of actual convection. It any rate, I would never look to a grill to achieve a similar result, unless you happen to live in a place it is consistently windy or something?

What would be the purpose of a French press oatmeal? You’re not just siphoning the water and tossing the oats, so are you hoping for a unique texture or something?

But now this has got me thinking about whether or not I could approach oatmeal like a risotto sometime…


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tragabigzanda wrote:
What would be the purpose of a French press oatmeal? You’re not just siphoning the water and tossing the oats, so are you hoping for a unique texture or something?

But now this has got me thinking about whether or not I could approach oatmeal like a risotto sometime…

Well, as I waited for the water to simmer off the oats (because it was an abnormally rushed morning today) I got to wondering how I could expedite the process. I had an aha moment thinking that pressing the oats and draining off the water would do the trick. They felt soft enough, but my strainer's holes are too large.


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tragabigzanda wrote:
What would be the purpose of a French press oatmeal? You’re not just siphoning the water and tossing the oats, so are you hoping for a unique texture or something?

But now this has got me thinking about whether or not I could approach oatmeal like a risotto sometime…

Well, as I waited for the water to simmer off the oats (because it was an abnormally rushed morning today) I got to wondering how I could expedite the process. I had an aha moment thinking that pressing the oats and draining off the water would do the trick. They felt soft enough, but my strainer's holes are too large.


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Think about all the great stuff you could add while you wait for it to steep, too.


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What about a hamburger and fries and a milkshake, but in a blender?


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Are you trying to mock me in my self made safe space?


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It was a thread just like this, way back when, in a forum somewhere in North Andover, that the bread bowl was invented.


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washing machine wrote:
Are you trying to mock me in my self made safe space?

no i'm totally serious. Cool Haus has an ice cream that's vanilla + french fries, so that got my gears turning.


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Duke's mayo topping sounds so gross though.


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Five spice Cajun dirty rice made with Peking duck


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When I was a latchkey kid, I'd throw a hot dog bun filled with tomato sauce, and topped with cheese, in the toaster oven. Good times.


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I'd just make an english muffin pizza.


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Don't get too wild here, guys.


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washing machine wrote:
It was a thread just like this, way back when, in a forum somewhere in North Andover, that the bread bowl was invented.

What the fuck do you know about North Andover?


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Not much. Just whatever they post over at the No' Andy forum.


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to be fair, the merrimack valley is practically another universe to me


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