But, I Never Baked A Fancy Cake!

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Skirtsville is not home to any great chefs. My mom doesn't cook. My dad doesn't cook. My brother doesn't cook. I'm doing well to put together a bowl of cereal in the morning in less than three tries. "Hell's Kitchen" is redundant to us.

Cantaloupe + Ice Cream + Cubs Shirt

Foods we have managed to mash together to form edible meals or snacks:

  • Peanut butter and bagels
  • Grape Nuts and raisins
  • Ham and cherries
  • Jelly and pancakes
  • Cantaloupe and ice cream (pictured above)

Now, my brother and I did spend a lazy, summer day dipping a variety of foods in chocolate pudding, but no great recipes came from those adventures. (Note to you: Pickles and Doritos should stay far away from chocolate pudding.)

Being Culinarily Challenged doesn't usually bother me because, well, I live in Chicago. There are at least fifteen decent pizza joints within walking distance and just as many great pizzerias within a reasonable driving distance. I could live happily on a diet of cereal, pizza, and chocolate for the rest of my life.

However, it dawns on me that, should I end up back in Texas this fall, I will be one thousand miles away from edible pizza. I will be in a forsaken land of places like Pizza Warehouse and Pizzas 'R' Us, where "Chicago-style" translates to "thicker crust" or something equally stupid.

That said, I'm asking for any tips you may have on cooking. Favorite snack food that's easy to make? Easy dinner recipe that makes for great left-overs? Anything, people. (And zomg, yes, I know I can have Giordano's shipped anywhere in the United States. I already plan to do that at least once a semester.) Please help!

P.S. Title stolen from Sleeping Beauty, and, yes, I still want to change my name to Aurora. And marry a handsome prince. (Hopefully, he will be able to cook.)

seven

seven

Love the Cubs shirt. "Hell's Kitchen is redundant to us." Hehehe.


Things that are good leftover:

~Soups

~Curries (which might actually technically be a soup)

~Casseroles (1. Some sort of noodle 2. Some sort of sauce 3. optional: Some sort of veggie. 4. Bake in a pan. 5. Eat)

~Taco/Burrito stuff (keep it all in separate containers and make tacos/burritos as needed)

~My pot pie, and I'm not just sayin' it for the traffic... the crust holds up well, and as long as you thaw any frozen veggies first (or, let's be honest, just running some hot water over them to get the visible ice off of them would do the trick), it shouldn't be soggy until day 4 or 5.


That's about all I have for you...

JB

JB

I actually just had this same conversation last night with my roommate. He admitted that he doesn't know how to cook, and he's tired of having a diet that consists of KD, cereal, hot dogs, and drive thru. The absolute most easiest thing you can start off with to make?

Stir fry.

Seriously. Take a bunch of veggies and some meat that you love. Cook it all together either in a little oil and soya sauce, or with some BBQ sauce, or some salad dressing (italian, or asian, or even greek) and you have a tasty meal that takes less than 15 minutes to prepare/make. And it's easy to make enough for leftovers for lunch. And you can keep making the same thing and it's different each time.

Tacos/fajitas are easy to make, too, especially if you stick to yellow boxed mixes.

Once a month or so, I make a large macaroni casserole for dinner, and freeze the rest for easy lunches. I wind up with about 8 instant lunches for work.
2-3 cups elbow macaroni. Cook for 10 minutes.
In a pot, cook chopped onions and garlic. Add a can of tomato paste, 1/2 can of water, and a Chicken OXO cube, and some parsley/salt/pepper. Mix the sauce with the macaroni, then put it in a casserole dish. Grate a ton of cheese and sprinkle it on top, then bake in the oven for 30 minutes. SO EASY. Wanna spice it up? Throw in some diced sausage/ham/pepperoni. Turn it into a Pizza casserole by using pizza sauce instead of tomato paste.

Seriously, casseroles go a long way.

Scrangie

Scrangie

I have too many quick recipes to type here! All are completely nutritious and low-calorie but taste amazing. I've gotten into the habit of making dinner every single night.

Easiest recipe? If you like mustard, try the Maple Mustard Chicken I've been making.
Mix together 1/3 cup Grey Poupon, two tablespoons of pure maple syrup (only the real stuff!), 1 minced clove of garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of marjoram.

Spread over 1lb of chicken in a baking dish (boneless skinless breasts are what I use) and bake at 375 until the chicken is done and the mustard mixture forms a crust.

It takes about, I dunno, two minutes to prepare? And it's awesome. Mmmmm.

You should check out http://www.sparkrecipes.com for a bunch of easy recipes with full nutrition information!

Michael

Michael

I like to think that I'm a pretty good cook, but really I just think that. One thing that I make a lot that is amazing is breakfast sandwiches. Mmm-boy. Fry an egg in olive oil (because olive oil is ama-za-zing) and pop a bagel in the toaster. Once the egg is done, say, "oh crap, I forgot to buy sausage", run to the store and buy some bagel sized sausage patties. Return to your home and look at the cold egg and burnt bagel in your kitchen and scowl for 7 seconds. Come on! It's a freaking bagel! Get over it! Repeat steps one and two, now that you have your very own sausage patty. Once the egg is done, put a sausage patty on the stove and let it sizzle. I like that word. Sizzle. Mmmmmmmm... Aww, crap!! Mah bagel! Oh, good thing I turned down the timer this time. Ok, the bagel's done, eggs done, sausage is... half done. Flip the sausage over, and place a thick slice of sharp cheddar cheese on it. Wait till the other side is nice and toasty (or is it "friedy"?) brown, and place remove it from the pan. Now everything is ready... it is time for the secret ingredient. Take the toasted bagel, and place it (get this) ON THE SKILLET. Now you've got a nicely toasted bagel that has that amazing fried-ness(?) of something like... i don't know.. grilled cheese. Slap the egg and sausage on your bagel and enjoy.

An alternate version is to make scrambled eggs and cut up the sausage and make a burrito. Once the burrito is all made, butter one side and fry it. then butter the other side and repeat. I love grease, can you tell?

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Merci beaucoup!! I love you all.

blaez

blaez

my sister is a horrible cook (er well was) until we all chipped in and got her an awesome cooking for beginners cookbook set....now she's becomming one of the culinery greats :)

aka..you should find something like that and use it :-p

sonnie

sonnie

If you do happen to come back to Texas you will no longer have to fix a bowl of cantaloupe and ice cream. You'd be able to buy Blue Bell's Cantaloupe and Cream. mmmm.

Ren

Ren

Buffalo chicken dip. Google it, very easy to make and IRRESISTIBLE!