Adventures in Cooking

cooking from scratch

I cooked something

I bet you never thought you’d read those words in this blog!

After my Missing the Domestic Gene post went up, I started getting emails from friends with simple recipe ideas. And yes, Kate from Did this just Happen? I got your tator tot recipe – you’re next on our list to try!

I’ve always considered myself a fairly intelligent person. I can’t tell you how frustrating it was when I couldn’t figure out how to make a simple macaroni and cheese recipe.

As the years have passed, I’ve accepted the fact that I’m missing the cooking gene. I mean that thing that tells you when you’re tasting what’s in the pot and you know that it needs more salt. That thing that lets you know what items to switch out in a recipe to make it better. My genes can’t figure that out and I’m just stuck with a burnt sticky and mostly smelly mess that never makes it the plate.

I have to figure this thing out

After one more friend of mine laughed at me when I offered her money to come over and cook my meals, I knew I had figure out this cooking thing. I’m quite aware of the health problems I’m causing from feeding my family all these frozen meals. I step on the scale every morning. I don’t need more proof than that.

So, I took a deep breath and printed out the first cooking adventure. A friend sent me a five ingredient Beef Stroganoff recipe and it looked like something I could manage. It didn’t have any blending or mixing and believe or not, I do know how to cook up some meat in a pan.

Alright … here we go ….

Apparently, the secret to this thing is a can of cream of mushroom soup. Huh, who knew? I went to the store to bought all the stuff on the list. I ended up buying the meat you use for fajitas. It was already pre-sliced and I just had to cut it in smaller pieces. (Anything I can do to eliminate any extra prep work, right?)

I didn’t have egg noodles but I knew I had a bunch of boxes of pasta at home. I’m sure that I had something in my pantry that I could use to make this work.

I cooked up the meat with some pre-cut onions I found at the store, added in the soup, seasonings and later, threw in some sour cream. I made a small salad and BAM – I had a home cooked meal.

OK … no laughing at my food styling. I’m not a food blogger. I’m just happy that I made something that got on a plate and didn’t go straight into the garbage disposal.

beef stroganoff

So … how was it?

It was a bit chewy. Maybe that’s the reason you have to buy certain kinds of meat for different recipes. It wasn’t bad so I made a plate for my son Jake.

He took one look at it, did that pretend thing where he acts like he’s trying it and then shook his head no. When I asked him why he wouldn’t eat it, his response was:

1. You made this?

2. What’s that brown stuff? Is that meat?

Jake ate chicken nuggets that night but I ate it. I even had the leftovers the next day.

Round Two – Chicken Tacos

Like I said before, I know how to cook up some meat in a pan. We’ve had chicken tacos before but this time, I used one of those Taco Bell boxes. It came with the seasoning and hard and soft taco shells and I just had to add the chicken and cheese. I had some leftover sour cream so I added that to my plate.

chicken tacos

Jake ate this one and actually cleaned his plate. He even ate the leftovers the next day for lunch. I’d say that chicken tacos is a big hit and will go into the recipe file.

Overall, I’d say that this went better than the macaroni and cheese disaster. Keep sending me your simple recipes and I’ll see what I can do to figure them out. Maybe by the end of the year, I’ll be able to say that I can actually cook something instead of saying that the best thing that I make is reservations.



8 thoughts on “Adventures in Cooking

  1. So proud. Keep trying and you’ll find a few go-to recipes in no time. My mom’s is a can of refried beans spread in a pie plate, cover in cheese and bake until cheese is melted. Good as a dip, rolled in a tortilla, topped with salsa… you get the idea. Baby steps.

  2. O.M.G. You bought pre-sliced onions at the store? hahahahahahaha. That part just cracked me up!
    Since I don’t eat red meat, I’m at a loss when it comes to the different types of meat, so I tend to guess… but, um,, fajita meat, yeah, sure. why not? LOL.

    Okay, now that I’ve stopped laughing – Way to go! Well done! I’m so very impressed with the effort AND the results!

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