Requesting help.

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by urgoodpaldan, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. urgoodpaldan

    urgoodpaldan

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    Good morning great chefs of the world, I am here to see if one of you would be so gracious as to assist me.

    My wife cooks all the time, she makes wonderful food and has always been an amazing wife. I however have failed to make minute rice on many an occasion. She started a new job and comes home tired and as perfect as she is, doesn't have the energy to make food.

    I want to make dinner for her tonight, however while to you this may seem a simple task, This is a mountain to climb for me. Any suggestion is tremendously appreciated.

    This is about all I have in the kitchen and am wondering if anyone will be able to think of something delicious to make from this so I can make her happy:

    Freezer:

    Microwave Meals:

    Chicken Pasta Marinara

    Salisbury Steak

    Spaghetti + meatballs

    Sweet+Sour Chicken
    Fudge Brownie Ice Cream
    Ham+ Cheese Hot Pockets
    2 Frozen Pizza Slices

    Fridge:

    24 Pack Hot dogs (Beef)
    Bud Light
    Butter
    Almost a dozen Eggs
    Carrots
    Apples
    Carrots
    Watermelon Slices
    Grapes
    Cheese Slices
    Tequila
    Brandy
    Mayonaise
    Grape Jelly
    Baby Pickles
    Honey BBQ Sauce
    Sour Cream
    Relish
    Lemon Juice
    Mustard
    Teryaki Sauce
    Salsa
    A1
    Mountain Dew

    Cabinet:
    White Bread
    Hamburger Buns
    Jack Daniels
    Vodka
    Special K Cereal
    Honey Nut Cheerios
    Pancake Mix
    Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix
    Tomato + Olive Triscuts
    Ranch+Bacon suddenly Salad mix
    Hamburger helper (Beef Stroganoff)
    Chicken noodle soup
    Olives

    Fish Fry Seasoning
    Peanut Butter
    Marshmellows
    Gram Crackers
    Mac + Cheese
    5 kinds of BBQ Sauce
    Country Cherry Pie filling
    Pita Chips
    Banana Chips
    Syrup
    Chicken Breast in a Can

    That's the whole kitchen =\

    Thanks for your time =)
     
  2. koukouvagia

    koukouvagia

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    Well well this is quite the challenge.  Aren't you a sweetheart for wanting to make dinner for your wife.  Processed food sure is convenient but it's not so much fun to come home to after a long day at work, is it?  How about a lovely breakfast-type meal using the fresher things in your fridge?

    Tomato Frittata

    - 4-6 eggs

    - butter

    - salsa

    Let's see if we can make this easy..... in a large bowl crack the eggs and stir them until scrambled.  Add some salt and pepper and about a cup of salsa.  Stir.

    In a skillet on medium heat heat up a tablespoon or 2 of butter until it melts and just starts to sizzle.  Pour in the egg/salsa mixture and stir with a spatula slowly until the egg is fully cooked through.  I guess you can also add the "chicken breast in a can" whatever that may be.

    I think that's the best I can do without fresh veggies.
     
  3. urgoodpaldan

    urgoodpaldan

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    Thanks for the suggestion, I may go with this, 2 questions though.

    How can I tell if the eggs are fully cooked, Am I trying to make the chicken/salsa inside the eggs like an omlet?

    I reaaly appreciate the help, it sounds delicious =)
     
  4. koukouvagia

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    That's a good question, it is hard to tell if they are cooked. In this case I'd pout just the eggs into the skillet and scramble them until almost cooked and then add the salsa just to warm through. Or add the salsa on top, like fancy eggs with ketchup. Simple but it really is delicious.
     
  5. butzy

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    Your fridge content is looking quite a bit different from mine!
    How about the pizza slices topped with salsa and cheese, with a salad from grated apple and carrots and an ice cold budweiser? Just make sure to put some lemon juice or vinegar on the apple straight after grating otherwise they turn brown. You could add some pickle as well, that should have enough vinegar in it.
     
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  6. goldilocks

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    What a nice post.

    How did your food turn out, was your wife pleased that you'd made an effort?
     
  7. flipflopgirl

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    Grilled cheese sandwich and that can of chicken noodle soup (if it says condensed on the can dilute with a half can of water)

    Large tumbler of vodka over ice.

    A foot rub.

    Your wife may choke/img/vbsmilies/smilies/laser.gif you if she finds out that you have posted the contents of her kitchen for all the world to see.

    OBTW.... add milk and flour to her shopping list ...and an onion, maybe a lemon.

    mimi
     
  8. mrmnms

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    Whatever you cook for her, leave the kitchen immaculate when you're done.
     
  9. siduri

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    To HER shopping list?  why hers?  why not his?  Maybe you should be sharing the jobs, not as a special occasion thing but all the time.  Shopping, thinking about meals, cooking, cleaning.  You'd be surprised how enjoyable it can be. 
    that's more important than cooking, believe me. 

    Why don't we all get together and help this guy learn to cook!  and shop!

    Here's a basic shopping list:

    pasta - whatever kind you like

    rice

    flour

    sugar

    butter

    eggs

    milk

    canned tomatoes

    celery

    carrots

    onions

    garlic

    lettuce

    broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, string beans, potatoes, swiss chard, zucchine, - just some basic vegetables, pick the ones you like

    olive oil

    salt

    pepper

    parmigiano

    if you have a freezer

    meat - pork chops, small steaks or chicken thighs, or whatever you like

    frozen peas

    With this basis, you can make a lot of things, eat a healthy balanced diet and make tasty meals. 

    i'd add lots of others but this is a start.  Why don;t you stop by the store and get some stuff so it's easier to cook easy and satisfying food? 
     
  10. koukouvagia

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    That's a good list Siduri.  And a bit of chicken stock for the kitchen stock.  A bit of store bought stuff won't do any harm until he learns to make his own.  

    To tell you the truth, my first thought when I read his ingredient list was "ah, these people eat out a lot."  When I only have condiments in the fridge I say "I have nothing to cook" rather than try to muster up a dish with condiments and cereals.  It's not an uncommon plight, I have many friends who keep this type of kitchen.  
     
  11. flipflopgirl

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    That is a great idea, siduri.

    Was thinking the same, but couldn't decide if it was for real or not.

    So what do you say, dan?

    Want a few cooking lessons?

    You choose the recipe we will pitch in and help you with shopping and technique.

    mimi