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2012-09-06 05:27:45 PM  

jayhawk88: Deglaze? Mincing? CILLANTRO???

Who are you people? What have you done with the normal Farkers?

Grew up?

Cooking isn't some black art. It doesn't take but a couple extra minutes to make tasty food that isn't overprocessed junk from a box.
2012-09-06 05:28:18 PM  
we have a quesidilla machine which is awesome for quick meals and parties. Whatever you've got lying around + cheese = awesomeness. Also if people are over to watch the game we'll have a make your own quesidilla night where everyone brings a different topping. you can feed a lot of people for close to nothing.

My favorite after dinner meal is tikka masala. We just buy a can of the sauce premade, brown some chicken in a pan then throw it in with some peppers, make some white rice in the rice cooker and you have a full meal. We have that at least one week night a week
2012-09-06 05:29:22 PM  
2012-09-06 05:30:25 PM  

Bake some potatoes
Brown some ground beef
Once the potatoes are good and done, smoosh them in the pan so they're chunky, not quite mashed
Mix in some sour sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese
Top with the browned ground beef and more cheese

You will go to sleep for hours after eating this
You have been warned
2012-09-06 05:31:23 PM  

R.A.Danny: A cheap, easy, and fast one the kids love:

Take a pound of ground beef and brown it. Mix it in with a can of cream of mushroom soup, get it all hot, and serve it over brown rice.

My mom always made that, except we put it on hoagie rolls instead of brown rice.

/We called it "mushroom hamburger". Brilliant!
2012-09-06 05:32:47 PM  
Quick veggie soup while I'm working on the computer. Frozen veggies, couple of chopped onions, tomato sauce.
2012-09-06 05:33:46 PM  
Alton Brown's Pork Wellington recipe: / index.html

Once you do it a couple times, it's pretty easy. If you are having people over for dinner, this will make you look awesome.
2012-09-06 05:35:20 PM  

Private_Citizen: I mix it up. Last night it was "eggs in the basket".

First you take bread and punch a circle out of the center (use the cap off a spice jar). Then I melt a pat of butter on the griddle (one pat per bread) and lay the bread in the melted butter (coat both sides and the center pc). Then crack an egg in the center of the bread and cook it to your preference (I like over medium, the kids like over easy).

Serve with salt and cracked black pepper. Quick and good.

We do 'egg in the hole' here too...our favorite is with cheddar-jalapeno bread and topped with grated cheddar (I just add it a minute or two before they are done and it gets all melty m-m-m-m). I've tried it before with a thin slice of black forest ham between the egg and cheese and that was delicious too.
2012-09-06 05:36:11 PM  
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup plain 1% fat yogurt from the Mennonites down the way
1T pesto

mix. eat. delicious.
2012-09-06 05:36:49 PM  
pretzels and coke
2012-09-06 05:37:05 PM  
My quick and easy go-to is basic fried rice. Dice up some onions and peppers, toss them in a wok with some diced chicken and maybe some steamed lap cheong if I've got any, fry that up; nuke a package of plain brown quick-cook rice and fire it in with the rest, give it a few stirs and throw in some good soy sauce and a splash of sesame oil. Might throw in some frozen veg, too, if I feel like it.
Really simple, and really tasty after a long day.
2012-09-06 05:37:43 PM  

bemis23: jayhawk88: Deglaze? Mincing? CILLANTRO???

Who are you people? What have you done with the normal Farkers?

Grew up?

Cooking isn't some black art. It doesn't take but a couple extra minutes to make tasty food that isn't overprocessed junk from a box.

Depends on who's doing it. My ex used to do some pretty amazing work on-the-fly.

You're right, though. My girlfriend cooks 6 nights a week and I couldn't go back to the processed stuff. Her meals are head and shoulders better than any crap I could get from a drive-through or frozen grocery aisle.

Also, we have both lost weight as a result of eating more balanced meals prepared at home.
2012-09-06 05:37:50 PM  

tricycleracer: logophile: mean dinner?

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I don't think he knows about Second Breakfast Pip.
2012-09-06 05:40:31 PM  
Quick Sichuan Shrimp a la ThurmanMerman:

Take frozen cooked and peeled shrimp out of freezer and put in bowl of water to thaw.

Meanwhile, heat big pot of water on stove.

In a frying pan or wok:
Heat a little oil, throw in a couple of spoonfuls of sichuan peppercorns, fry for a minute or so until fragrant, pull out peppercorns with slotted spoon. Fry up some minced garlic and ginger in the oil for another minute. Add four tbsp tomato paste, two tbsp rice vinegar, one tbsp sugar and one tbsp sesame oil, and cook for around three minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

Put thawed shrimp into the above and heat through. Meanwhile, cook thin rice noodles in the boiling water for two minutes and drain.

Shrimp and sauce on rice noodles + glass of wine = 15 minutes of cooking time and one very happy ThurmanMerman
2012-09-06 05:41:52 PM  
Make some chili in the crockpot in the morning before leaving. Then when you get home, there's deliciousness waiting for you.

Or make a bunch over the weekend then keep it in the fridge, heat it up in the microwave for a few minutes when you get home from work.
2012-09-06 05:44:12 PM  
(for two) square baking dish. frozen onions (or 3 peppers and onions blend) on the bottom, frozen vegetable in middle, frozen chicken or fish on top, then add whatever seasonings you want, add 1/2 cup of water, cover with foil, bake an hour at 400. easy peasy.
2012-09-06 05:44:23 PM  
a monte cristo sandwich made with king Hawaiian bread.
2012-09-06 05:45:17 PM  

lennavan: I saute some chopped onion and garlic in a pot, then add boiling water and a package of Ramen. It's quick, it's not too terrible and the teenie bit of cooking involved somehow makes it feel quite a bit more gourmet than Ramen.

Although it's not really a meal, it's more like a "oh shiat I'm hungry because I forgot my lunch today so I better make something quick to hold me over until I get off my lazy ass to make dinner."

I've been making home made pizzas for dinner. Takes 2 hours total because the dough takes 1.5 hours but it has been so easy and so delicious, I'll never go back to frozen.

get fleischman's yeast and there is an excellent recipe for a 30 minute dough on the back of the package.
2012-09-06 05:46:54 PM  
¾ pound guanciale, or pancetta, thinly sliced (or bacon .. I guess)
3 garlic cloves
1 red onion, halved and sliced ½-inch thick
1 ½ teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 ½ cups basic tomato sauce
1 pound bucatini
1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
Pecorino Romano, for grating

Takes about 30 min. serve with a side salad and lambrusco
2012-09-06 05:48:27 PM

// only takes hours if you roll meatballs slowly or suck at chopping peppers, onion and garlic.
2012-09-06 05:49:17 PM  
And this was earlier this week, had some leftover steak from a weekend BBQ. Chopped it up and made some quick tacos.
2012-09-06 05:49:52 PM  
Another vote for crockpot cooking!
2012-09-06 05:49:59 PM  

JudgeSmails: a monte cristo sandwich made with king Hawaiian bread.

I just drooled....
2012-09-06 05:50:02 PM  
Sloppy buns necessary
2012-09-06 05:51:21 PM
2012-09-06 05:52:58 PM  

brown 1 pound ground beef or turkey; remove from pan
sweat ½ medium onion, ½ green pepper and ½ red pepper until the onion is transparent
add 1 clove (or more, to taste) garlic
return meat to pan with vegetables
add 2 15oz cans stewed or diced tomatoes and a tablespoon of ketchup
cook, covered over medium heat for about 5 minutes
serve over cooked rice or elbow macaroni (which you have cooked at the same time as the rest of the stuff)

I can usually throw this together in about a half-hour (unless Mrs. The Bird wants to help, which will add another 10 minutes ).
2012-09-06 05:54:50 PM  
Roll some arugula (THAT'S RIGHT biatchES!) in a vinaigrette. Saute your favorite vegitables (I like red peppers and mushrooms) and serve on top.
2012-09-06 05:54:52 PM  
I'm a fan of making a big batch of fresh chicken salad (with buffalo sauce...mmmmm) over the weekend and making wraps or sandwiches when I don't have a lot of time.
2012-09-06 05:54:55 PM

2012-09-06 05:54:58 PM  
Also does not take hours 

Some assembly required

Actually bothering with presentation (for once)

I also make salad, and salad dressing.

And meals for several people at once.

I mean, when it really comes down to it.

With an hour or two

I can make a lot of shiat

And still have time to make dessert
2012-09-06 05:55:20 PM  
3 strips bacon
1/2 onion
1 large potato
sour cream
black pepper
cayenne pepper

Cut the bacon into small pieces and begin to cook in a large fry pan.
While the bacon is cooking, chop up the onions and slice the potatoes into thin discs.
Add the onions and potatoes to the pan
Add salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste
Cover and allow to cook, flipping/mixing from time to time
Serve with sour cream
2012-09-06 05:55:40 PM  
Welfare lasagna:

1 lb hamburger (or ground pork, or lamb.. dealer's choice)
Pasta, again, dealer's choice, I like elbow noodles.
Sauce (canned or homemade)
Dealer's choice seasoning

Cook up meat, seasoning as you feel fit, add in sauce, from can, home made, or sloppy joe sauce....
Cook pasta as meat is cooking.

In a loaf type pan (i.e bread pan, anything deep), put a layer of pasta, cover with cheese, layer of meat, cover with cheese and repeat for the depth of the pan. Or just make a 1 layer dish.

Fast, cheap, super simple and HOLY HANNAH! it's filling like you wouldn't believe.
2012-09-06 05:55:51 PM  
When artichokes are in season, I'll chop them in half and throw them in an electric steamer for 25 min. Might dip leaves in olive oil for extra flavor.

Or take a frozen tilapia filet, put in a tin foil pouch with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook in oven at 425 for about 12 min.
2012-09-06 05:57:41 PM  
LMAO, salad pic is too large, even fark said no to vegetables.
Image file is too large (536 KB is over 488 KB)
2012-09-06 05:58:01 PM  

BusketsMcBride: Mac & Cheese. I could eat that every day.

This or mashed potatoes.

Because Jesus would have invented those things if he had invented those things.
2012-09-06 05:59:17 PM  

BullBearMS: 1.) Get a slow cooker. (Crock Pot)

2.) Let it cook dinner while you're at work.

Slow cooker Pork Chops with Dressing

6 Pork Chops (this recipe does not work well with completely lean chops)
1 Diced Sweet Onion
1 Can Cream of Celery
1/4 C. Water
1/4 TSP Pepper
Box of Stove Top Stuffing

Put the chops in the slow cooker. Add the dry stuffing on top. Next add the diced onions. Then the soup right out of the can. Add the water and finally the pepper over the top.

Turn the crock pot onto low and go to work. Eight hours later, it's done.

When you get home, steam a veggie and unbag a salad. Done.

crock pot meals may very well be next week's subject.
2012-09-06 05:59:35 PM  
One box of Kraft Mac & Cheese (powder kind). Dump about 1/3 of noodles out. Cook remaining noodles for about 4 minutes, so they're not quite crunchy. While doing this, slice up a Koegel's vienna (or other, "natural casing" hot dog) into fairly thin pieces, zap in microwave on high for about a minute until they're damn near burnt and rubbery. Mix with undercooked mac & chz, using too much milk, so it's almost like soup. Eat out of pan you prepared it in, using the big spoon you used to stir it with.

/pure awesome!
2012-09-06 06:00:35 PM  
Redneck Chicken Pot Pie:
- bag of fresh veggies
- large can of cream o' chicken soup
- 1/2" topping of saltines

mix first two ingredients in 8x8 (or whatever that square size is) glassware dish; put crackers on top, bake in oven at 375deg for ab 45 mins
2012-09-06 06:00:45 PM  
everyone should try the ultimate steak sandwich:
1. cut the top off a sourdough loaf and hollow out the inside.
2. grill a ribeye and immediately put the steak in the loaf.
3.add mushrooms, garlic, and onions that you've sauteed in garlic. with a spicy mustard
5.wrap in butcher's paper and flatten it out using a cutting board
6. leave it all day to let the bread soak up the juices
7. cut it like a pie and enjoy
2012-09-06 06:01:09 PM  
Let's see...

Baked basa fillets.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix seasoned breadcrumbs, dry minced garlic, and grated parmesan cheese in a bowl. If
you happen to have any Old Bay lying around, toss some of that in there too.

Take thawed basa fillets and roll in crumb mixture til good and coated. Place on greased
or non-stick baking sheet.

Bake @ 350 for about 20 mins or until fish is white and flakes easily.

A little "poor Farker's remoulade" (tm) is awesome with this:

Dijon mustard

Mix it all up. Play with the ingredient ratios to taste. I like mine a smidge more mustardy
than mayo-y.

A package of steamer veggies and side of choice (white rice, butter & herb rice, etc...)
completes this quick and tasty meal.
2012-09-06 06:01:20 PM  
my favorite after work meal is subby's mom and it definitely doesn't take hours
2012-09-06 06:01:21 PM  
Fried grouper
Yellow rice
Black beans with onions
Flour tortillas
Cilantro, chopped
Your favorite hot sauce
Sour cream
Sliced mango (optional)

Chunk grouper and place on tortilla with dab of guacamole, a smear of sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, and a pinch of cilantro. Add mango, if desired. Roll into tortilla form. Plate with rice, black beans and serve with a cold beer.
2012-09-06 06:02:33 PM  
1. Pour a bowl of lucky charms, while sighing at how messy the roommates have left the kitchen. Again.
2. Open the fridge and discover that the carton of milk that you've purchased and labeled with your name is missing.
3. Look around and discover it sitting out on the counter, warm, next to a half eaten bowl of your lucky charms.

Mmm, dry angry cereal for dinner.
2012-09-06 06:04:13 PM  
Ceviche, quick stop at the market for fresh fish and veges then 10 minutes of prep when I get home. An hour or two later when I'm a little drunk and actually hungry I farking devour it.
2012-09-06 06:04:32 PM  
Make a no-knead dough in the morning. Or make it the night before, and put it in the fridge, then set it on the counter in the morning. Then when you get home: pizza.

I use a no-knead focaccia recipe. It doesn't make the world's best crust, but it's still better than not having pizza.
2012-09-06 06:04:54 PM  
Cheese toast.

BONUS: with bacon bits.
2012-09-06 06:06:30 PM  
We call it "Mexican dinner".

Basically, take a half pound of ground beef, brown and drain it.

Chop up half a red onion, one bell pepper, several jalapenos, and add them to the ground beef. Mix in a can or two of diced tomatoes and perhaps a small can of tomato paste. Season with taco spice as well as black pepper, cayenne or any other spices you prefer. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

Grate cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shred some lettuce, chop onions and put in separate bowls. Put corn chips on a plate, and spoon the meat mixture over the chips. Add cheese, salsa, onions and lettuce to the plate, and mix together before eating.
2012-09-06 06:06:51 PM  
to be easy.

here's a good salmon filet: roast fennel seeds, put in mortar and pestle, grind fennel seeds with a little brown sugar and salt. season fish. bake at 450-500 for short period of time (less than 10 minutes, depending on size of fish and efficiency of oven)

here's a good white fish (like halibut, or whatever): put spinach or arigula in baking dish. put down lemon slices. put fish on top of lemon slices. salt and pepper. bake at high temperature till done (450-500 for like 10 minutes, depending on fish. i'm making these times up, btw... i just now when it's ready).

while fish is baking: either make a salad with some homemade dressing* or smother some greens (spinach, kale, chard, collard, or something else -- add garlic late in the smothering, even if that's antithetical, i like it that way -- although, you could infuse the oil with garlic, remove the garlic, and do it that way, but too much work)

boom, dinner in 15 minutes. it would take you longer to wait in line at a mcdonald's drive-thru and cost about the same.

* homemade salad dressing:
minced garlic, dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon, vinegar, salt, pepper (add oil slowly while stirring, mix all ingredients to taste... I have no measurements, I eyeball it.). you can add mayo too. should be somewhat runny. sometimes I add fresh ginger.
2012-09-06 06:07:35 PM  


Leftover BBQ (Pork butt, get it?)
Chopped Onion
shred cabbage
sour cream
hot sauce
corn tortillas

Chunk up that left over BBQ, if it's not pulled already. Throw it in a pan with some diced onion a bunch of cumin and a little oil. Other spices to taste - black pepper is good. When the oil is used up throw in some water to stew the meat.

In another pan heat the tortillas dry over medium heat. This is the authentic method to make them pliable enough to bend, but with a tough outer skin so they don't come apart in your hand

When the meat is good and soft, and there is a bit of gravy, take a couple tortillas in your hand, partially overlapping. Load with pork, cabbage, etc. Dash of salt and it's ready to go.
2012-09-06 06:07:35 PM  
Easy peasy: Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice, done to package instruction specs, add chopped Bell pepper, onion, garlic. Cheapo smoked sausage, diced, goes into the pot @ boil time. For better or worse, it counts as authentic N'Awlins.
Something that may be amped up w/ hot sauce, boiled shrimp, etc. (GF loves it.)
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