I got busted yesterday for bringing a knife to court. My plan was to stick it in the pig who ticketed me for making an illegal right-hand turn at LAX.
No, just kidding. Actually, I was at the Superior Court to pay a ticket and the security guard found a kitchen knife in my diaper bag.
It showed up on the metal detector and he pointed to it and asked me what it was. We had to dig through the bag and found it at the very bottom.
I was so embarrassed, I had to explain to the guy that I sometimes carry grapes or apples around for the kids and knives to cut them up.
He was very kind and kept telling me not to worry about it.
CHANGE OF SUBJECT:
So I get bored of trying to think of things to cook for supper. I'm not the most creative cook and I don't like to spend too much time in the kitchen- not because I mind cooking but because I can't leave the kids unsupervised for long.
I thought I would post some of my favorite few recipes- yummy, easy dinner ideas that you all can borrow, and then in turn, you all can email some to me (or post them on your sites). Deal? Deal.
Okay, here are a few recipes that I make often and that I've received compliments on.
1. CROCKPOT SPAGHETTI:
This is the only thing I make that EVERYONE loves, and it's EASY. Everyone is always surprised to find out it's just Ragu, cooked for a LONG time.
-Brown 1 lb. hamburger with some fennel seed and 3-4 large cloves of garlic (cut up).
-Drain grease, and toss it into a crockpot with a jar of Ragu (traditional flavor).
-Add a bay leaf, some extra basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme (add generously!).
-Cook on high for 4-5 hours. (Stovetop version: Cook on lowest possible heat with lid on for 1.5-2 hours).
-Serve over warm spaghetti.
2. CHILI-CHEESE DIP:
Also an easy crockpot recipe I got from my mom. It's an appetizer, I guess, but it's so heavy with hamburger that it's really more like a meal.
-Brown 1 lb. hamburger and drain grease.
-Throw into crockpot (can you tell I love crockpots?) with 1/2 lb. of Velveeta and a can of chili without beans.
-Cook on either high (1 hour) or low (2 hours) until melted and hot. You might need to stir occasionally to get the cheese all melted.
-Serve with tortilla chips for dipping (I think broccoli tastes good with it too), some lettuce and sour cream. Yum!
3. CHICKEN PARMESAN:
-Use as many boneless skinless chicken breasts and potatoes as you want. Thaw chicken and cut potatoes lenghtwise, leaving skin.
-Put about a cup of flour into a large Ziploc bag- add about 1/2 cup bread crumbs and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Salt the mixture to taste (other fun things to add: garlic powder/seasoned salt/pepper/whatever other spices you like).
-Shake the chicken and potatoes in the bag in manageable amounts and put in a large baking dish.
-Cut up 1/2 stick to a full stick of butter (depending on amount of chicken and potatoes) and place pieces evenly around baking dish.
-Pour 1 small can of tomato sauce over the chicken and top with shredded mozzarella cheese or more parmesan cheese.
-Bake in a 350 degree oven for around an hour or until chicken and potatoes are done.
4. CHICKEN PITAS:
-Cook a couple of boneless skinless chicken breasts in a covered frying pan for an hour or so (cook in olive oil). Cook until well done but still moist.
-When chicken is well-cooked, shred it into small pieces, coat with tons of Italian dressing and continue to cook for a few minutes until it's all moist and hot.
-Serve in warm pita bread topped with whatever kind of greens you like. I like spinach with Italian dressing.
5. RED MEAT MARINADE:
This tastes good on all red meat, particularly hamburgers and steaks. It's basically my Uncle Bob's, but I added a few things.
-Put meat in a shallow baking dish and soak generously with Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce (you can also add A-1 if you like.
-Sprinkle meat with meat tenderizer, garlic powder and seasoned salt.
-Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours- overnight tastes even better!
-For pot roasts, add an onion and lots of real garlic cloves.
Okay, ya'all, pony up. My family is sick of these same recipes over and over!
In the crockpot, alternate layering tortillas, enchilada sauce, uncooked ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, oninons, taco seasoning and whatever else you think would taste good.
Plug in and turn on in the morning. When you come home, you've got warm enchilada goodness.
Put a thawed chicken in the crockpot with veggies and seasonings. Cook until meat falls off the bones. Boil remaining bones and make soup. Freeze soup for later.
Rice and Bean Bowls
Whip up some instant rice. Open a can of black beans, a bag of shredded cheese and some salsa. Combine in a bowl and enjoy. (This is Sarah's recipie)
Cook a shit-ton of noodles. Drain. Add a few cans of any sort of creamy condensed soup to the noodles. Mix well. Pour into baking dish. You can add chicken if you want. Top with Parmesean cheese and bake until golden brown on top. Eat like a king for days.
Get meat. Loaf it up with some seasoning and bread crumbs. Cook. Eat with condiments.
Dave and I will bring over our multitude of cookbooks and recipes for you. I'll point out the ones that even i don't screw up. Also, my grandma was a home ec teacher for like a million years and my aunt is compiling all of her recipes and putting them into a book. They are the best but usually easy. I'll see if I score you a copy as well when its all done.
sarah--i'll go post some of our faves on my website. can't wait to try yours! i have the same problem in the kitchen--we eat the same things every week. thanks for sharing--we can "spice it up" now!
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