Cooking for the Culinarily Challenged

I love these guys. When they geek out on Star Wars, or talk about the issues faced by a gay family, their cooking videos are amusing as all hell.

Should mention that the Star Wars thing, agree completely on Empire Strikes Back. By Jedi Returns you could see Lucas going off the deep end. The Ewoks were cute but that whole movie could have been thirty minutes long and you would have seen Luke and Darth battle it out, and the Darth throwing the Emperor into the reactor was epic! But Empire Strikes back is still the best of them all.

Anyhow the cooking videos, case in point here’s Wasabi Mashed Potatoes and bacon/brussel sprouts:

I emailed them another way to prepare Brussels sprouts. Just cut them in half, season with salt, pepper and maybe a little garlic powder or fresh chopped garlic, and then heat up a tablespoon each of unsalted butter and olive oil in a pan. Put the sprouts in cut face down and leave them like that. You want to caramelize them a bit. When they’re brown you’ll know. Give them a flip over and let the whole side cook for a minute or so.

By then you’ll have a bit of stuff stuck to the bottom of the pan. De-glaze with a little of your favorite red wine.

Back to the video, it amuses me because of the ode to Julia Child in Bryan’s drinking the wine. Too funny.

But one bit of advice I can give all of you. Once you get it down, you’re good to go. Timing is EVERYTHING. I learned this a few years back and everyone is surprised how calm I am about big meals.

And yes, I’m a drink while cooking type too. Julia was right, never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink.

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