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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 =)

post #2 of 11

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.

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post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

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 =)

post #4 of 11
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.

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post #5 of 11
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.
Edited by butzy - 6/11/13 at 12:18am

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post #6 of 11

What a nice post.

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

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post #7 of 11

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 chokelaser.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

post #8 of 11
Whatever you cook for her, leave the kitchen immaculate when you're done.
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Originally Posted by flipflopgirl View Post

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 chokelaser.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

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. 

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

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? 

"Siduri said, 'Gilgamesh, where are you roaming? You will never find the eternal life that you seek...Savour your food, make each of your days a delight, ... let music and dancing fill your house, love the child who holds you by the hand and give your wife pleasure in your embrace.'"
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post #10 of 11

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.  

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post #11 of 11

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

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