Tuesday, January 13, 2009

13 Days Late

While eating my dinner of pistachios and chips & salsa I realized something. I can't cook. If it comes pre-assembled or pre-packaged, I'm all over it. If I have to come up with something on my own, I'm TERRIBLE. There are a couple things I know how to make (Italian chicken and homemade mac & cheese) that actually turn out edible.

Can I interest you in a burger, extra well done on the outside & practically raw on the inside? No? How about loaded mashed potatoes that are so thick you might as well eat paste? Runny pancakes? Chicken with too much seasoning???

Don't get me wrong, I've tried. I would LOVE to cook and cook well. I just don't see it in my future. I love the thought of cooking. I actually like to cook. It just so happens that 95% of my food the dog won't eat.

One of the first things I "learned to cook" was grilled cheese. Everyday in middle school I would cook a grilled cheese sandwich, make tomato soup & watch Fresh Prince. One day, I was heating up the pan and getting out my ingredients (and by ingredients I mean bread, butter & american cheese). With my back turned I caught a whiff of something and turned around. The stove was on fire. I turned on the wrong burner and a tupperware bowl had caught on fire (who knew this was even possible?) I tried to smother the fire with a towel, which caught on fire. All I could think was "Stop. Drop. Roll." I knew that stopping, dropping & rolling wouldn't do shit for the towel & bowl on fire so I grabbed a cup and drenched it. Then I started flipping out because I knew I was going to get a "safety in the kitchen" talk from my mom as soon as she walked in the door & smelled the kitchen.

So aside from the mac & cheese and chicken, the only thing I've successfully made in the kitchen was a small fire and food my dog won't eat.

Sam teases me all the time about it because I'd be fine eating cereal for dinner. He doesn't consider it a meal unless there is meat (which is another thing, I was a vegetarian for a long time and although I eat meat now, I can still go without it). It's a good thing that not only does he love to cook, but he's really good at it. He comes up with these great ideas that actually turn out.

While writing this post, I just decided that my New Year's Resolution is to learn how to cook edible food (okay, maybe not my New Year's because I should have done it 13 days ago.) I want to learn to cook from recipes that don't come on the back of a box, but actually from a book.

Wish me luck. I better find a fire extinguisher.



Melissa said...

goodluck! gotta love men who like to cook :)

That damn expat said...

If you can read you can cook. Just find a good cookbook and follow the instructions!

PoisonIvy068 said...

my FMIL gave me a casserole dish and a campbells soup 1-2-3 easy recipes cookbook for my birthday last year..i think she was trying to give me a hint.

ReRe said...

don't buy a cookbook, use google! any and every recipe is online. (poor Emeril and his dropped book sales).

Cornbread Chili Casserole:

1lb ground beef (browned, drained)
1 can Ranch Style Beans (add to meat and heat)

1 package of cornbread mix, make according to pkg directions.

Put your beef/bean mixture into a casserole dish and sprinkle shredded cheese on top.

Pour your cornbread mix on top of the beef/bean/cheese mixture.

Cook in the oven at 425 to bake your cornbread topping.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

6 chicken breasts cooked and cubed
1 chopped onion
½ green pepper, chopped
½ teaspoon chopped garlic

1. Saute in olive oil until transparent.

1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can of cream of celery soup
1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin

2. Mix together well, and then add sauted vegetables (stir) and chicken. Garlic powder, parsley and green chilies can be added for taste.

One package of corn tortillas, cut in fourths

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

3. Take a 9-by-13-inch pan and put a small amount of chicken mixture in it.

4. Put down a layer of tortillas, a layer of chicken mixture followed by a layer of cheese.

5. Repeat, ending with cheese, and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Miss JC said...

I can't cook either. I always end up trying to add a little somethin' to "make it my own" and it ends up sucking. I always vow to never "make it my own" again, but it doesn't happen. I get too bored.

adlibby said...

Get a fire extinguisher & a couple of Rachel Ray cookbooks. She makes it easy and fast. And then find a man who cooks! My hubby is a rock star in the kitchen! And you know what's really sexy? A man who cleans the kitchen after cooking! Yeah baby! That's my man!

Gina said...

I KNEW I liked you...I can't cook to save my life. The Campbells Soup cookbooks ARE great. Try www.campbellskitchen.com and start with a casserole. They are so easy and totally edible. Good luck!

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