Friday, July 12, 2013
A New Way of Cooking
One of my first attempts of "cooking".... a grilled cheese sammie. We had a large waffle iron that you could reverse the waffle plates, and they were grill plates, so that is what the sandwiches were grilled on. So I carefully butter the bread (white, Wonder probably) and put some nice thick slices of Velveeta on the bottom slices, placed the top slice on, and closed the waffle iron. And then walked away.....mistake....big mistake....I came back into the kitchen to witness rivers of melted pseudo cheese oozing out the sides and down the formica counter doing a great imitation of hot lava......
So when I married, and had a family of my own, I always pretty much followed these parameters that were a "balanced" meal. We had to have a protein, a veggie, a side dish, and I always gave the kids some kind of fruit. And milk. No one seems to drink milk at meals anymore. And it worked fine for a lotta years. But I have never learned how to make a meal for just two of us.
I even bought my sister some cookbooks to encourage her to do more cooking, aimed at cooking for one or two. But for me.....always a main dish that could feed everyone in my condo row. It is pretty much a joke for me to make a salad for two. Never happened. I just haven't been able to do it. I just keep adding stuff.
I bought this magazine the other day, hoping it would help. Tonight I grilled some ribs (2 WHOLE racks from Costco) and then supplemented with some fried fresh corn and scalloped potatoes for 2. Never in my life have I cooked only 1 potato before tonight. How odd to cook something that calls for things in a teaspoon or tablespoon quantity rather than cups.
Both came out very yummy, and I don't have GOBS of leftovers. Yes, I know having "planovers" is always a good thing. but even I get tired of eating the same stuff.
So I will work my way through this magazine. I do love these ATK recipes.
Watch this space.