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Old 04-26-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Long Island,NY
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It sounds like an oven temp issue to me. If she cooks the average whole chicken at 350 for 1.5 hours that should be good. Unless it's an oven stuffer or you really like meat cooked well done. Try one of those thermometers that hang in the oven and see how far it's off. Then adjust accordingly and use an instant thermometer.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Get a meat thermometer.
Beef 125 to 135 rare to medium rare.
Pork 155.
Chicken 165 per serve safe / health department regulations.
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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It might be that OP has an unsophisticated palate, and the girlfriend doesn't feel like going to the work of cooking to make food that is overcooked.
Of course, poultry should be well cooked, but if OP only like his vegetables cooked into mush, or his red meat cooked to shoe leather, then he's the one that needs to evolve.
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Old 05-09-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago. Kind of.
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It might be that OP has an unsophisticated palate, and the girlfriend doesn't feel like going to the work of cooking to make food that is overcooked.
Of course, poultry should be well cooked, but if OP only like his vegetables cooked into mush, or his red meat cooked to shoe leather, then he's the one that needs to evolve.
OR, his palate is DIFFERENT than his girlfriend's - different =/= a need to evolve. If he prefers his food prepared a certain way and she refuses to do it, that's kind of a different story- that's tantamount to someone making me eggs over hard for breakfast - I HATE them that way and won't eat them. And if someone refuses to make something prepared in a way that I do like because they think they "know better", then I'm going to be really annoyed and start making my OWN food the way I like it.


I guess what I'm trying to say is his problem sounds twofold - one, possibly an oven issue, and two, possibly a communication issue with the girlfriend. That being said, I'd rather someone err on the side of undercooking something - it can always be cooked longer. Once it's overcooked, you're pretty much sunk.
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Old 05-09-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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OR, his palate is DIFFERENT than his girlfriend's - different =/= a need to evolve. If he prefers his food prepared a certain way and she refuses to do it, that's kind of a different story- that's tantamount to someone making me eggs over hard for breakfast - I HATE them that way and won't eat them. And if someone refuses to make something prepared in a way that I do like because they think they "know better", then I'm going to be really annoyed and start making my OWN food the way I like it.


I guess what I'm trying to say is his problem sounds twofold - one, possibly an oven issue, and two, possibly a communication issue with the girlfriend. That being said, I'd rather someone err on the side of undercooking something - it can always be cooked longer. Once it's overcooked, you're pretty much sunk.
Sure, there are two sides to every pancake. My husband had a very limited palate when we got married, but he wisely pretended to like everything I made for him, because he was grateful that I cooked for him at all. His mother worked nights when he was a kid, so home cooked meals were rare.
Bottom line is OP is not in a position to be very picky if GF is doing all the work.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:01 PM
 
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It is never *wise* to pretend to like something someone cooks.
Mr. CSD has always been *wise* enough to tell me when he does not like something cooked the way I cooked it, I adjusted for his preferance and it has worked out well. I don't cook two separate meals by any means but I have learned to adjust and we have both learned to compromise a wee bit with our food preparation.
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