Tuesday, December 06, 2005
West Texas Nutrition 101-C
Chapter Three: Approved Cooking Methods
There are basically four main approved cooking methods in West Texas. These are Boiling, Baking, Barbequeing, and Nuking.
Boiling: This is one tasty way to cook, and it is one of the healthiest ways to cook. One of my favorite dishes is boiled chicken. The recipe is simple. Roll cut up pieces of chicken in flour and then throw it in boiling grease. In all actuality, there are three ways to boil food. One is to boil in grease, another to boil in water, and the last is to boil food in it's own natural juices. I never use the term frying as it has taken on an unhealthy connatation and I believe in being healthy.
Baking: This is a method of cooking mostly reserved for approved desserts such as pies, cakes and cobblers but is also handy for such dishes as certain casseroles, enchilades, and meat loaf. One casserole in my family is from a recipe that Angry Joyce received from her mother. I did not know the name of it so when the kids asked me what it was, I simply replied Shut Up and Eat It and so that is the name it goes by to this day. It is simply layering taco meat mixed with undiluted cream of chicken soup, Velveeta cheese, ro-tel tomatoes, and flour tortillas , and served with a side order of refried beans.
Bar-B-Q: The creme-de-la-creme of cooking methods. Whether grilling or smoking, food just tastes right cooked over a good bed of coals or smoked to perfection with mesquite or pecan wood. Any wood that puts out a fruit will also make a good wood to cook with. I bar-b-q once a week and at one time did it more frequently until Angry Joyce told me to cut it out.
Nuking: Although it is not traditional, there is one modern convenience that is too handy to pass up. The microwave oven is good for two purposes. One is to reheat food and the other is to pop popcorn. Other than that, they make a handy clock in the kitchen.
This concludes Chapter Three of the Nutrition Saga. Once again thanks for all the suggestions. I believe that I will have one more post regarding a few staples of West Texas Cooking.