B.C. asks from Valley Cottage, NY on October 27, 2011
Cooking - Valley Cottage,NY
I need some HELP! I am and always have been a terrible cook. I never really took the time to learn from my mom and now that I have my own children I hate that I can't cook. I have been lucky to learn how to make a couple of dishes from friends and my sisters but honestly I know how to make four maybe five dishes and the same things over and over is driving me insane. My family makeup also becomes and Issue with cooking. I am hispanic and so my five dishes are all spanish foods rice and beans, stewed chicken and rice, fried cutlets and rice, spanish spaghetti. My husband is african-american and very picky my children are of course mixed and even pickier than their dad. He likes spanish and ethnic food and I want to be able to make a variety of dishes for my family can anyone provide any recipes for different dishes that I can serve my family? A couple of guidelines I am not a good cook so if you state a pinch of this and or season with such and such I don't know what that means a cup, a tablespoon, a teaspoon I'm all over it, that I can follow ;) . P.S. My husband doesn't eat pork and I don't eat red meat or pork however don't worry about me I just want to find something I can make that he and my girls would like . Thanks for any assistance you can offer.
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T.K. answers from Dallas on October 27, 2011
Does he like soul food? I can tell you how to make soulfood. And even ethnic soulfood like good cajun and carribean. Gumbo, jamballaya, red beans and rice, jerk chicken. I don't cook Mexican food, but tons of tex-mex. I can tell 1,000 ways to cook raw chicken. Message me if you want to know how to do any of that. Also, there are a lot of websites that you can go to
try googling 5 ingrediant recipies or if you think of something you like at a restraunt, google that dish. For instance type in simple fettucine alfredo. You will get a great easy recipe.
S.L. answers from Philadelphia on October 27, 2011
This is a really broad question, so it's hard to answer. I would suggest you get a cookbook from the library and flip through it to get some ideas. (You can do it online too, but I find having something to sit down with and hold helps me, plus it's easier in the kitchen unless you want to print out a recipe.) Once a week try a new recipe with your family. Different kinds of meals are good for different lifestyles, too. I make a lot of one dish things I can throw in the oven on week nights, but we like more elaborate meals on the weekend.
I think Rachel Ray's cookbooks are good starters, I have 365 no repeats. Her recipes are all 30-minutes or less (but when you are first starting it will take you longer) and the ingredients aren't hard to find or exotic. I like that she will often take a technique and do 3-4 different things with it. Like mac n cheese, just change up the veggies you add and the kind of cheese you use and you have a new dish, but you didn't need to learn anything new. You can also check our some of her recipes on foodnetwork.com Just for starters here are a few of her recipes that are staples in our house:
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/bbq-chicke... (I skip the slaw)
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A.M. answers from Dallas on October 27, 2011
the best thing to do it get on allrecipes.com and start out with simple recipes to build your confidence. get a crock pot....those make things a lot simpler.
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M.F. answers from New York on October 28, 2011
I stink, too! Lol There is a great cookbook called "Saving Dinner" by Leanne Ely. Not only does she provide easy, diverse recipes, the author also provides your weekly grocery list! Good luck.
M.B. answers from Rochester on October 28, 2011
Same boat as you - looking forward to your answers.
One thing is: 'dropped eggs on toast'. Aka, poached eggs.
boil water in a pan or fry pan. when it is boiling, reduce it so it is just bubbling (not rolling boil).
crack your eggs in, careful of shells (of course!)
let them cook approxmiately 4 minutes (for soft or runny yolks), or a little longer for more firm ones.
you need a slotted spoon to scoop them out (or you can use a solid spoon, just put them in a bowl so you can strain off excess water.)
I enjoy them with a little salt and melted butter.
you can add: hollandaise sauce (I use packets according to directions, but simply organic has the best tasting stuff around. better than knorr's).
top it on bacon and it is amazing.
how do you do your beans? I'd really like to know, because in a can they are soft and yummy and mine are more crunchy. yummy too but want that smooth texture of no crunch sometimes!
simple! best stir fry of all has 2 ingredients:
peppers & tomatoes. Clean your peppers. Just wash the outside of your tomatoes. slice them up. put them in frypan on low. They will smell amazing after a few minutes. My sons eat them before they hit the plate!
You can top them on crackers or anything. They make a good dip, make a good side dish, we've had them as main dish, too. The key I think is not seeding or taking out liquid from tomato.
wash your chicken (or do whatever you're comfortable with). I use organic chicken - it tastes WAY better than anything else.
fill crock 1/2 way with water. Put it on low (unless you have a really slow, slow cooker, then put it on high.) if you have a 1/2 day, or put it on high until it boils then put it on low for an hour.
Use everything! The skin is full of vitamins too. use broth for cooking (I freeze in 1cup increments but you can freeze it for a single soup recipe too!)
the meat will fall off bone - I put it on top of things like the stir fry above.
soak your rice and beans 3 days, rinsing daily just once.
this will give you more nutrition in your dish!
hugs, the baby is up,
L.M. answers from New York on October 27, 2011
Get a crock pot if you don't have one. In my opinion it is a lifesaver for bad cooks and also for good cooks who are busy - like all of us are!
I have dinner going in mine right now - it is a pot roast. SOOO easy - 3 lb hunk of beef shoulder salted and peppered. Can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 1/2 cups of beef broth. chopped onions, carrots and celery (not fine chop, just a quick cut). Crockpot on high for 4 hrs or low for 8 hrs. If the juice is too thin, add a little flour and put it in a pot to make gravy. You can add potatoes if you like for a side starch or serve with rice or whatever. I'll be serving mine with couscous. YUM!
You can make alot of dishes in the slow cooker. Good luck!!!
C.D. answers from New York on October 28, 2011
try turkey veal pork meatloaf recipes , whole chicken in oven better yet buy a crock pot look up recipes on line all you do is throw in ingredints and forget about it for 4 to 5 hrs , or a bbq grill
D.F. answers from San Antonio on October 27, 2011
I was the same way when I first had kids. My mom and sister can cook anything. I started getting cook books, only the ones with pictures!! I would find something that looked good, made sure the ingredients were relatively easy and followed it. I can say now 20 something years later. I CAN COOK! I can walk into the kitchen and see what we have and throw something together that tastes good!
Make it simple, make it fast and MAKE IT GOOD! If a recipe takes longer than 30 minutes, I won't do it. I like start to finish 30 minutes. Unless of course it's a roast but the time I took to get it going was under 10 minutes.
Easy peesy recipes that we LOVE and the kids LOVE:
French Bread Pizza - Loaf of bread, pizza sauce, lunch meats and cheeses.
Taco Tuesday - Taco meat - can use turkey, all the sides - beans, lettuce cilantro, cheese, taco shells or tostadas(the flat ones)
Tortilla Wraps - any left over meat, lettuce, cheese, large tortillas
Chicken W/tomatoes - cut up Chicken pieces I use thighs, large can diced tomatoes, 1 onion, 1 clove garlic, 1 TB dried basil spice. Place chicken in a large pan (like a cake pan) sprayed with pam, cover chicken with cut up onion and garlic and can of tomatoes, sprinkle basil spice and Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 350 for 1 hour. Serve over egg noodles. Add a veggie as a side.
Hamburger Helper - My version - Hamburger meat, can use turkey, 1 box of macaroni. Cook meat adding 1 TB of onion and garlic poweder. Salt and Pepper to taste. In a seperate pan cook macaroni- prepare as on the package, then mix with cooked meat. Add a veggie as a side.
N.N. answers from Detroit on October 27, 2011
Hey B. I will post my mac n cheese recipe on tomorrow. I have to dig it out.