Food Porn!

If you’re like some people who like to show off pictures of food you have prepared, do it here!

Maybe it’s a mouth-watering hunk of smoked meat?

A decadent chocolate concoction or perfect just-like-gramma pie?

Gorgeous sushi?

Cleverly garnished mixed drink?

Or…any food you’re particularly proud of for whatever reason, let’s have a look at it.

Corresponding stories, tips, or recipes to go along with the pics would be appreciated, I’m sure!

When I saw Food Porn I thought maybe you meant this scene from Tom Jones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tezjznL9NzM

Yum.

I got a Kitchenaid pasta roller attachment last year and went on a pasta-making binge.

I started with handmade chicken and cheese ravioli.

Then moved on to lasagna. I think that lasagna is, to date, my biggest achievement.

I make other stuff, too, like ham and cheese chicken rolls and stuffed peppers.

I need to get my butt in gear and start cooking fun stuff again. I’ve been tired and stressed out and relying more on ham steaks and pierogies for quick dinners.

I recently made myself a nice plate of fettuccine with chicken, mushrooms, onions, and red peppers, topped with a 4-cheese blend. Didn’t make the sauce myself, (Look! You can see the jar!), but it was still tasty.

The other day I sauteed beef, onions, mushrooms, and an orange sweet pepper in olive oil (seasoned with coarse-ground black pepper and some excellent “organic no-salt seasoning” I found at Costco), made a brown gravy to which I added sour cream and then added the gravy to the other ingredients and let it reduce for a bit, and then served the result on a bed of butter & garlic rice. Also tasty, but I think I over-seasoned it a bit.

These have been part of my recent, ongoing experiments in coming up with “good” food that I can prepare reasonably quickly. I’ve been a professional cook for many, many years, so of course I know how to do this stuff. The problem has been the wanting to do it at home. In a professional kitchen you have all your equipment hot and ready to go, and all of your ingredients prepped and ready, so you can pretty much fix yourself anything you want in a matter of minutes.

At home it’s a different story: turn things on and wait for them to warm up, get out your pots and pans and utensils, drag the stuff you need out of the cupboards/refrigerator, do all the prep, put everything away, etc. etc. At home, I just hate the idea of spending 30 minutes or more cooking something that’s going to take me 5-10 minutes to eat. So, like many other pro cooks I know, at home it’s been microwave burritos, Hot Pockets, and cold sandwiches.

But I’m tired of eating like that. So I’m trying to come up with dishes that I can prepare very quickly (and sauteing is quick), but are better and healthier (for certain values of “healthy”) than “processed food”. The most time-consuming part of that fettuccine dish was cooking the pasta, so later on I cooked the rest of the box in one big batch, cooled it, and then portioned it into Zip-Loc bags and tossed them in the freezer. Next time I want fettuccine, I just need to microwave one of the bags of noodles, and add them to my quickly sauteed ingredients and sauce.