Post # 1
I feel I’m in a bit of a cooking funk. I can’t say I’m a great cook, but I try. I contiunally burn meat, but I do ok with the sweets. I need help or inspiration on what to keep Mr Popcorn and myself from starving. Don’t get me wrong we have food and I do cook we are not for want. We have our usuals, but I’m left wanting something different. I find it easy to make stews or soups, but I tend to cook in large quanity when I do cook. We do steak rice and corn a few times a month and pasta with marinara with beff. If I’m really ambitious I’ll make a batch of egg rolls (100 at a time). I need to learn to cook for 2. The lazy in me screams at me not to though because I know if I make more we will eat the same food for at least one more meal the next day. I threw a bunch of meat, veg, and beans in the crock pot the other night and we ate 4 or 5 bowls through out the day; I put about half of it in a large zip lock bag to freeze and defrost for another day. Only happens once in a while. Mr Popcorn will make steak, rice, and corn (His dietary staples), or stroganof once in a while but other than that he’s fine heating up a can of tomato soup. I’m up for all things flavorful and time consuming, but if I have to make it myself I think I’d be more apt to cook more often if it were a faster process. One thing I’ve found a bit helpful is to peal an entire bag of carrots and chop into sticks and put into a container. At the same time I’ll clean, and chop a whole bunch of cellery, put in the same container we can eat these throught the week with some ranch dip. Also when I cut up an onion I chop 2x the amount I need and put half in a zip lock bag and throw that in the fridge for the next meal. It cut’s back on the amount of tears go into the next meal. Have any of you ever felt in a cooking funk? Any tips for me on what to make for dinner? What’s your fav home made quick and easy meal? Do you and your FI or DH cook together?
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
soup is always easy!
I made roasted tomato soup tonight –
get a whole lot of tomatoes, 1 red bell pepp (smallish), 1 smallish white onion, 2-3 shallots, 5 large garlic toes (skin on)
get some cookie sheets, and put the oven at ~375 or 400. grease ‘er up with some olive oil
put the tomatoes on there whole
quarter the onion, put it on the cookie sheet inside facing up. take the skins off the shallots, plop them on the cookie sheet too. put the garlic and the red bell pepp on the sheet with the skins on.
drizzle a little more olive oil on! sprinkle some salt (sea salt if you have it) on everything.
once things look good & browned/golden, take it out of the oven. Wait about 10 minutes for things to cool off.
plop the tomatoes (whole) in a large-ish saucepan. In go the onions! and the shallots! Now, peel the garlic & red bell pepp. through them in, too!
Get your handy blender. Blenderize.
Heat up in the saucepan if you like. Add a dollop of cream or milk if you want. Basil goes well, too. (and don’t forget to salt & pepp!)
Post # 4
We don’t live together and our schedules are not always the same, so we don’t eat together all the time. I think it’s hard to cook for one or two, b/c I either make too much and eat it for several meals (and get tired of it) or end up throwing it out. I’m not much of a cook, so that makes it difficult too. I’m trying to learn from family members that are better cooks so that I’m prepared for after the wedding when we eat together every night!
We have been grilling fish more often. It’s quick and easy and we can easily maked baked potatoes, a salad, or some vegetables to go with it.
We also make tacos or fajitas quite often.
I make some hot hoagie sandwhiches that FI loves. Mix some butter and dry Italian dressing together and spread it on a hoagie bun. Use whatever meat and cheese you like best. (We usually use thinly sliced ham and provolone. Sometimes we add some bacon.) After you make the sandwhich and spread the butter mixture onthe bun, put it under the broiler for a few minutes. (Just until it’s crisp. Make sure you keep an eye on it though; it doesn’t take long for it to burn! I know from experience!)
FI likes to cook a piece of ham and have mashed potatoes. The ham comes pre-sliced (one per package) and is easy and quick to cook.
Pasta is pretty quick. We vary the "recipe" sometimes by using different noodles or different meat (which FI thinks must be in the sauce) such as ground turkey instead of beef.
Stuffed peppers look pretty easy to make, though I haven’t attempted it myself.
I try to do as you mentioned and keep veggies ready to eat; it makes it easier and I’m more likely to eat them if they are ready to go. I also try to keep a few other things ready for those nights when I’m not sure what to cook or don’t have/want to spend a lot of time. Having some burger browned or chicken cooked up and frozen can cut down on time if you just have to defrost it.
Hope this gave you a few ideas for a couple of meals! Good luck in your cookind endeavors!
Post # 5
@Miss Rye Bread – THAT SOUNDS FANTASTIC! I am going to make it this week! Yummmmm!!!