This is an excellent thread. Thank you for posting it, thank you for caring and thank you to those also with good support for a person who obviously
has something that is lacking more and more in this age namely, GOOD CHARACTER!
Many years ago I used to eat out 1,2 and 3 times per day. The days when I had money. Lots of it. The best thing that ever happened to me was the
humility of a lower wage... by choice I might ad. I decided I needed to do the right thing in my life and it led to other correct pathways that
blessed me greatly. Not a day goes by I do not thank Him for this.
One of the benefits of going from money to minimal is that if you want to eat well you must learn to make your own food. Watching the food network
channel, especially back when, helped immensely as well as the internet. I developed an attitude that if I want it I have to make it. I've learned
to master so many cuisines, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, some middle Eastern and my own families Italian cuisines.
My wife and friends all say that I'm the greatest cook they have ever had food prepared by. I went from burning ramen in my twenties to now in my
forties saying, "Hunny, what do you want to eat this weekend". Its a blessing for us all because we eat very well and yet cost is minimal
comparatively. It brings me joy to see the smiles on the faces of my family when they eat, it is great for stress, kinda good for the ego
, and I
feel that it also helps a marriage greatly. I cook and the wife cleans. Sometimes we cook together and clean together. Its wonderful "glue" for
the family not to mention that its about 25% the cost of going out and you control the ingredients.
I recommend for anyone that wants to do this to start purchasing on ebay cooking equipment so that you can cook all the things that you want. For
every job you must have the right tool. It would cost a mini fortune to purchase all these at once but you can purchase them slowly, every other
month or so. Eventually you have to stop because you tend to run out of room
Here are some staples I recommend for your kitchen:
Flat nonstick large aluminum griddle with heavy duty nonstick reverse sides that has channels. for steaks chicken and burgers, fajitas, pancakes, hash
browns, potato cakes, etc. Its light enough yet solid for everyday use. It makes a great meat defroster also!
I large Iron Wok. Kept seasoned properly! Great for every kind of chinese cuisine!
I large quality rice cooker with fuzzy logic technology. Japanese brand ONLY!
A quality rice cooker can be purchased on ebay or amazon for under 100 bucks and is restaurant taste! Good quality Japanese rice is a must!
A large Kitchen Aid Mixer with meat grinder attachment and pasta roller and cutter attachments. Fresh Pasta is easy, fun and there is NO COMPARISON
with dried store bought pasta!
I quality toaster oven that has a large enough oven for smaller casserole dishes.
An electric deli style meat slicer. Costco has some good ones under a 100 bucks.
Roasting, bbqing and baking meat and then slicing it super thin for sandwiches is priceless! TEXTURE TEXTURE TEXTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A ronco Rotisserie (insert joke here
I USE THIS THE MOST!
A good FULL SET of stainless steel pots and pans from very small to extra large.
A good 4 piece set of quality non-stick pans
A good lil fryer. (large fry daddy on ebay cheap)
A microwave bacon tray
Henkel knife set
Set of every kinda spatula and etc.
Quality Garlic Press
Set of hand held graters from very fine to large
Set of strainers from fine mesh to wide holes.
A good electric induction heating cooker.
A heavy duty blender that can handle solid foods like vegetables without jamming.
A good large crockpot.
Good set of baking pans from large to small.
A good charcoal bbq. A weber that is the barrel style is also good for smoking meats lightly.
A quality Food Processor
A solid Bread Maker
Look for "Refurbished" new for sale on ebay and even amazon. They are usually half the cost of new and come with warranty and I have found that
they usually come wrapped brand new and you cannot tell the difference.
When you are interested in a recipe, don't just look up one but look up several, 2 - 4 of the same. READ THE COMMENTS FROM OTHERS IN THE BLOGS BELOW
for great tips and also because they will let you know if you need to tweak the recipe a bit or if you need to stay away from it all together. Great
tips and tricks!
Find the recipe on YOUTUBE and Take notes as you go!
Create a file on your computer of all your recipes and categories them THOROUGHLY!
Make sure your notes are not general but contain every technique and tip and share them with friends and family and online!