Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

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Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

As some of you may have had the privilege of knowing, I am a HORRRRRIBLE cook. Mostly it is because I so rarely do it. Im single, college student, work a ton, no kids, no man, etc etc. Cooking for one person is hard, and can be expensive too. AND THEN...we end up eating the same thing for a week, because most recipes arent for a single serving! It can be so frustrating- at least for me!

My one caveat: I can cook a mean mexican meal. No idea why, but anything mexican, I can make and it is friggin awesome!

Im not embarrassed to ask for help (right 2na?) but I know a lot of people are. What might seem so basic and simple to some- well if we've never done it before, its not simple nor basic for us! So as I learn new things, I'll share them here.

 

Hard Boiled Eggs:

Place eggs under approx 1 inch of COLD water.

Let eggs come to a slow rolling boil

(wtf is a slow rolling boil??? Its when the water starts to churn, but isnt actually big huge bubbles of water popping and spalshing)

Turn water down so its barely boiling for approx 10 minutes.

Immediately place in a bowl of cold water. (it helps the yolks stay yellow!)

DUMMY TIP: If you forget about the eggs- i do it ALL the time- don't freak out! You cant burn these suckers. You can let it boil for 40 minutes and they really will taste just about the same! I've even come back to an empty pot because all the water evaporated and they still tasted great!

Ok, you have the eggs. Now what? Eat 'em! Slice them up in a salad. Chop into small pieces, add a few spoonfuls of mayo, a teeeeny bit of mustard, seasoning salt, and pepper- stir, smear on bread and enjoy! Its fairly cheap and 3 eggs will give you two good sized sandwiches.

 

   

Almost Evil
JELLO SHOTS!

Need something easy and enjoyable to take to a party? These will ensure you are a huge success!

Jello Shots:

1 large box of Jello (for small boxes, cut exactly in half)

Combine Jello and boiling water in LARGE GLASS BOWL

Stir for at least 3 minutes, until you cant see anymore gritty pieces floating around.

Let stand about 5 minutes

Stir in 2 cups of CHILLED alcohol of your choice (i'll give ideas below)

Let stand another couple of minutes, slowly stirring

Pour into either 1oz or 2oz plastic cups

(they need to be the flexible, soft cups. Try Smart N Final, or some sort of bulk discount type store. Avoid the hard plastic ones- they suck)

Large box of Jello will make approx 22- 2oz servings.

Popular Flavor Pairings:

I am a HUGE fan of flavored vodkas and rum in Jello shots. My basic rule of thumb so people don't freak over the alcohol amounts is to hit up BevMo during their buy1-get1 sales. I snagged SkyyVodka's for $8.99 a bottle- but they were buy one get one, so its really less than $5 per bottle. A typical 750ml bottle has about 3 cups worth of liquid (depending how much "testing" you've done!)

Try to keep the same flavor vodka/rum with the corresponding flavor of Jello to minimize the "whoa, theres lots of alcohol in here!" comments from people. If the alcohol flavor matches, it WILL work. Below are a few other flavor combo's that have been popular.

Orange Jello- Coconut Rum

Blue Raspberry Jello- Watermelon Vodka/Rum

Orange Jello- Pineapple Rum/Mango Rum

Strawberry Jello- Banana Rum

Lime Jello- Orange/Lemon/Citrus Vodka/Rum

Melon Fusion Jello- Citrus Vodka

Cranberry Jello- Apple Vodka

Cranberry Jello- Crown Royal

Orange/Lemon/Lime Jello- Spiced Rum

Watermelon Jello-Midori (thank you Green!)

Strawberry Jello- 1cup Tequila Rose, 1cup Berry Vodka (makes a swirly, creamy, yummy treat- great topped with a spooge of whipped cream!)

Warning:

These ARE strong. In a 2oz cup you are essentially getting 1oz (a typical shot) worth of alcohol. By letting the Jello sit after adding the hot water, and using a large,open glass bowl,it cools substantially which means the alcohol is NOT diluted much.

DO NOT TRY LIME JELLO AND TEQUILA. IT DOES NOT TASTE LIKE A MARGARITA, IT IS ICKY!!!

Almost Evil
Rice-A-Roni

Rice-A-Roni is cheap (I can usually get it 10 for $10) and it makes enough for about 2 good sized meals- maybe 3 depending on what you do with it.

thanks for the first tip, 2na!

I want rice-a-roni but I'm out of butter!

TIP:

Use just enough oil to coat the bottom of a LARGE skillet (that has a lid!)

Heat up the oil. You know its hot enough when you sprinkle a drop or two of water in it and it sizzles and splashes all over.

Brown rice-a-roni and cook as usual.

 

I dont have a lid for any of my large skillets!

TIP:

We don't all have pots n pans with all the lids that match. It happens!

Grab a piece of foil and double it so its fairly sturdy. Before you heat up the pan, gently shape the foil to form a lid. Most skillets have a lip on it, so you can create a fairly decent seal on the pan. Add about 1/4 cup EXTRA water. Since this is not a 'real' lid, you wont get a proper seal, and more water will evaporate, hence the extra liquid!

 

Im out of chicken/beef/anything to eat WITH the rice!

TIP:

Instead of adding 2 1/2 cups water to the mix, add 1 1/2 cup. Bring to boil, and before you turn it down to a low simmer, add 1 can of cream of 'anything' soup. Bring to a very low boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook per directions on the box. This will give the rice some substance. You can even add in frozen veggies if you have them, or a can of (drained) veggies. If you add frozen veggies to the mix, plan to add about 5 minutes extra to cooking time.

Green
Re: Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

ok here is a super easy ric a roni one dish dinner. chicken rice a roni cooked per instructions. add can of shredded chicken and bottle of Pace Picante salsa. warm until heated. fill a tortilla.. yummy!

I had the right to remain silent... but I didn't have the ability.

PatO7
Re: Almost Evil's cooking

AE--Thanks alot for making me hungry

Now I'm headed to the nearest fast food restaurant..

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Almost Evil
Broccoli Strata (fancy word for quiche/casserole)

Ingredients
# 2 packages frozen broccoli
# 2 eggs, beaten (you can use egg beaters too)
# 3/4 cup milk
# 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
# 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
# 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
# 1 small onion, chopped (i skip this, usually)
# salt and pepper
# rye bread (you can use ANY kind of bread)
This is a vegetarian recipe to use as a breakfast dish, But simply add some shredded chicken to it and its a dinner!

Layer bread in greased pan (I spray with Pam).

layer half of broccoli on bread.

layer 1/2 of Mozz cheese and 1/2 of cheddar.

sprinkle half of onion and garlic and a little salt and pepper.

Repeat layers, bread, broccoli, onion, garlic and salt and pepper.

Mix eggs and milk and pour over.

Bake 350* for 30 min or until brown and bubbly.

Top with remaining cheese and return to oven until cheese has melted.

Hot2na
Re: Red Bull Jello Shots

i'll add a real eye opener:

Red Bull Jello Shots:
1-3oz. Cranberry jello
1-3oz. Peach jello
2 cups boiling water
1 can Red Bull
1 cup Vodka (or less water, more vodka!)

 

Tuna ><((((*> the other white meat!

downgirl2182
Re: Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

 

 Aww man you guys had to post this! Poop! I cant try any of them.Cry

"If everybody is thinking alike then nobody is thinking"

Almost Evil
Re: Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

Why cant you try any of them?

Stevie
Re: Almost Evil's cooking for dummies (like me!)

Single, fastpaced life?  Prepackaged or frozen is the way to go.  Ramen, Hormel Compleats, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice, South Beach, etc.  Packable, very few dirty dishes, nothing to go bad, portion control.  Leaves more room in the fridge for the mini-keg and the bottled water. :P

But there are the emergencies.  So for the unexpected dinner guest, everyone really needs a rice cooker and always be sure and keep a 20lb bag of jasmine rice and Kikkoman Lite on hand.

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