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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Plain-cook one able to cook all ordinary dishes
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. plānus, plain.


In literature:

The cook was plain-featured, but any diversion was welcome to speed the hours for which he drew pay.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
The foods should be plainly cooked, without spices.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
The cook plainly did not mean to try.
"Lady Bountiful" by George A. Birmingham
Plainly here do we see the need of a doctor being a good cook.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
It was a heavy entertainment, copious in quantity, excellent in quality, plainly but well cooked.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The place for cooking is often plainly perceptible.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
How much better if she had gone in for first-rate plain cooking!
"Bird of Paradise" by Ada Leverson
Over back of one of the cook tents, however, a plain soldier man was already arriving at the truth.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
Cauliflower lends itself readily to both plain and fancy methods of cooking.
"The Cauliflower" by A. A. Crozier
It's what you call plain cooking; and bless us all, dinner in the middle of the day, and the children at table.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Can Mary Stedman cook plain dishes well?
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
It was plain, then, that the cook had not berthed aft, and I must look elsewhere.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Katie did the cleaning and the cooking of the plain kind.
"The Children of the Poor" by Jacob A. Riis
A class in plain cooking was lately formed at the New York Cooking School.
"The Galaxy, May, 1877" by Various
Good plain cooks need so much keeping up to the mark, and I never get a chance of grumbling.
"A Question of Marriage" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
A second later the cook, his face fiendish, grasping a huge knife, followed the dog out on the plain.
"The Orphan" by Clarence E. Mulford
The argols, which abounded in this blessed plain, supplied ample materials for cooking our inestimable supper.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
No matter how plain your cook may be, so long as your dinner is well-dressed.
"Mr. Punch's After-Dinner Stories"
Again, the step from plain to fancy cooking is very short.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
The food was plain but excellently cooked and there was an abundance.
"The Launch Boys' Cruise in the Deerfoot" by Edward S. Ellis

In poetry:

Working down the telegraph—winters’ gales and rains
Cross the tumbled scenery of Marlborough “plains”,
Beach and bluff and cook’s tent—and the cook was a “cow”
Before we were married, but I wish that it was now.
"Before We Were Married" by Henry Lawson
Yes, in more respects than one it is a year of joy and glee,
And the news of our prosperity has crossed the briny sea.
Once more the Maorilander and the Tassey will be seen
Cooking johnny-cakes and jimmies on the plains of Riverine.
"The Plains of Riverine" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Stocks are the foundation for soups and sauces, but can also add flavor as a substitute for plain water when cooking grains or braising meat.
Sept 27, 2012 10:11 p.m. NORTH PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A week ago, Mary Cook noticed the crabapple tree in her front yard was blooming.
After these plump up from a quick brine, and cook in their shells, they'll eat more like peel-and-eat lobster tails than plain old shrimp.
Beets were eaten plain in Aleppo, and it is still a common sight to see freshly peeled whole cooked beets on the lunch or dinner table.
View full size William Neff, The Plain Dealer Get ready to cook.
Or use plain cooked beans pureed with a little water and oil.
Enlarge Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer Chef Jonathan Sawyer offers twice-cooked chicken wings with miso BBQ sauce at Noodlecat.
Stocks are the foundation for soups and sauces, but can also add flavor as a substitute for plain water when cooking grains or braising meat.
Lucinda cooks a side of plain white rice and offers up a couple tips for storing any leftovers for future use.
Lucinda cooks a side of plain white rice and offers up a couple tips for storing.