Posts tagged cookin'
Posts tagged cookin'
Ugly food tastes good. Sheet pan cacciatore á la Kenji.
New toy I bought as a very early Christmas present for the boyfriend. I just realized while typing this that said boyfriend… doesn’t cook. I got played y'all.
Currently making a mashup of Kenji Lopez-Alt and Ina Garten’s beef stew recipes, but with lentils.
Everything on this plate cost like $2, total. Deciding to learn how to cook is probably the best favor I ever did for myself. Don’t get to say this often, but: good job, past me. (There are recipes, but the standard disclaimer that I didn’t actually follow them applies.)
On the one hand, the most recent bag of pita chips I purchased turned out to be about 50% crumbs by volume — with the remaining volume made up of betrayal and lies. But on the other hand, it turns out that pita chip crumbs make an excellent pre-seasoned, extra crispy coating for oven-fried chicken.
I’m happy to report that this Chicken Peanut Curry recipe works just fine if you skip breading and frying the chicken, go immediately to step three (of the four-step recipe) and just toss everything into a pot to stew for about an hour. I don’t believe in frying things, at least not in my own kitchen. Ain’t nobody got time to be cleaning aerosolized grease off every surface in your house.
Basil chicken coconut curry. I know this looks atrocious because I added spinach/my busted-ass camera, but I don’t care because it tastes amazing. Recipe here.
Curried chicken and chickpeas with couscous. Made from this recipe, which turned out quite well. Though it was a wee bit mild for my own tastes, I’d still make it again—only adding some onion, ginger, cumin, coriander, a bit of yogurt, and maybe double the curry powder—but other than that…
Vegan potato chickpea curry.¹ With rice. Because nobody ever said ‘vegan’ had to mean 'healthy’.
Decided to make this old Bittman recipe for risotto-style pasta, because I enjoy trying new things. Elected to use alphabet shaped pasta because I am fun and quirky. You should invite me to parties, is where I’m going with this.
Ever done that thing where your casserole sort of turns into a stew, or a stewsserole, because somehow there were no potatoes in the house even though you’d swear you just bought potatoes but whatever, and somehow the mystery dish tastes pretty great anyway? And then you’re all “hey, you’re pretty good at this cooking thing!”
“You look great tonight by the way. Did you do something with your hair?”
“This is getting kind of sad, I should stop now.”
“Have a glass of wine, sexy, you should relax. You deserve it.”
What do you get when you want to make a chicken pot pie but you’re too lazy to go buy a frozen pastry dough (and, of course, far too lazy to make pastry from scratch)? I’m pretty sure the people of the flyover states call it Hotdish. Brown chicken, soften veggies, make a roux, add stock and herbs, put in dish and–this is the important part–cover with tater tots, bake.
Fish tacos! Sometimes you just need a simple midnight snack, y'know? These’re best enjoyed while contemplating doing absolutely anything that involves getting out of the house so you don’t spend your whole day cooking and eating things, eventually becoming so obese you have to be airlifted to your appearance on the Jerry Springer show.
It’s also pretty much mandatory to chop up some lettuce, tomato, and avocado for these. You’re already this far down the rabbit hole when you only set out to make a snack, you might as well go all out.
So I made a chicken mushroom casserole sort of thing, then I ate some of it, and now I need someone to explain to me why it is that I’m single. I mean, I’d marry me. I make delicious food and then do the dishes. What more do people want?
Brown chicken and bacon over medium heat. Add celery, onion, and mushroom, sauté until softened. Add garlic, thyme, and spinach, then cover. When spinach is fully warmed through, remove from heat. Incorporate rice, cheeses, sour cream, and milk. Place in greased casserole dish. Layer top with phyllo dough, brushing each sheet with melted butter. Bake at 350ºF for 30-35 minutes.