Samantha Bradley: I am a college student that does not know how to cook at all. Yet, I want to learn how to cook. Do you have any tips for me?
Depending on where your college is you might be able to sign up for some basic cooking classes at a cooking school nearby (just Google local cooking schools). And/or why don't you buy yourself a subscription to "Everyday Food" magazine? It is a small magazine with really simple good recipes. Just making those recipes will teach you how to cook.
Sue Hutchison: Please help! My husband will not eat anything with sour cream in it. He hates the tangy taste. I can't substitute with cottage cheese or yogurt because he won't eat these either. Needless to say, this situation eliminates a lot of recipes. I love casseroles, but so many of them have sour cream in them. Could I use cream cheese thinned out with milk? If the recipe called for 1 cup of sour cream, how much cream cheese and milk would I need?
It sounds like the problem is the tangy flavor not the texture of sour cream. In most recipes that call for it you might be able to get away with mascarpone, a fresh cheese from Italy that has a texture somewhere between cream cheese and sour cream but with no tanginess at all. Or, if the sour cream is used in a sauce just for its creaminess, you could try using heavy cream instead.
Hope that helps!
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