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Monday, October 17, 2005

Lots of Dishes

For those of you who know me, you know that it has been a rough couple of months. For those of you who don't - it's been a rough couple of months. Now that I am back on my feet (literally) and back in my own house, I realized I should get back to cooking. Sorry - no pictures. I can draw some in paint though. I decided that I should make chicken, mashed potatoes, zucchini and a strawberry cobbler.

Part I - Chicken
Defrost chicken breast and find a marinade. I personally like using what I already have - fancy Italian dressing that needed to be used up. Dump chicken in marinade and let the flavors cohabitate - or marry as our lasagna friend said.

I sauteed onions until they turned invisible like Wonder Woman's airplane. Then I tossed in the chicken and marinade and cooked on a medium heat, covered. After a while I got impatient and cut the breasts into smaller pieces, which worked for me.

Part II - Potatoes
I like mashed potatoes. If I wasn't taking blood thinners, I'd of added garlic. In any case I peeled myself two russets and quartered them. Boiled some water and waited until I could fork them easily. Forking is something I don't do very often these days. It is important to remember while cooking though.

Drain potatoes and add copious amounts of butter and a little milk. Salt and pepper to taste and use the Kitchen Aid mixer you got at your wedding, or hand mixer if you'd rather. Note: Blender mashed potatoes are not a good idea, although just using a fork will do in a pinch.

Part III - Zucchini
Given that I can't eat large amounts of Vitamin K - this veggie has become one of my favorites. I simply cut mine into circles and put about an inch of water in the pot, and waiting until they got nice and done. I don't like them super soft, but I do like them with some cheese on them. Drain and sprinkle cheese of choice (I like Parmesan)

Part IV
- Strawberry Cobbler
I stole this recipe from some website, which of course I can't find again, but it went something like this
1 c flour
1 c sugar
1 c milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 lb butter
1 quart strawberries

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Hull strawberries and set aside. Melt butter in the bottom of a 8x11 dish in the oven for about 4 minutes.(or if you're like me you use something similar - but I used a bowl because I didn't have the right size pan). Remove dish from oven and add ingredients. Stir until just mixed, place back in oven and bake for about 25 minutes. Cool and serve. Makes about 4 servings.

Alright - first off - it took way longer than 25 minutes with my bowl usage. But that is A- Okay. Secondly - Four servings if you are a giant. It makes a lot more if you cut it smaller. (obviously).

Over n Out.

1 comment:

Momo said...

Hmmm...sounds tasty. And-I think I have all the ingredients! Well...except the zucchini and strawberries. But those are easily acquired.