Brigid's Bachelor Cooking #107
Home on the Range
Home on the Range
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  • 2013 updated version of the
  • 375 for 30-40 minutes, basting with Iron Chef General Tao's sauce the last 10 minutes Have some frozen chicken breasts? Before you leave for work, put them in a pie pan in the fridge to thaw covered with a can of Mountain Dew (yes, Mountain Dew, another tip from Mr. B.). When you get home, drain and grill with lots of fresh ground pepper.
  • 21 year old. Tasty but boring and expensive. If you're on a budget, marinate the meat in simple wine, a little olive oil, a dash of sugar and a few shakes of Italian seasoning, then drain and grill. The right prep can make a $6 piece taste like a $20 steak, that can just as easily be dry and bland if not cooked right. Another idea, a ork tenderloin or even chicken, whacked with a mallet and dredged in flour can make a good substitute for higher priced items. (8). Spices are based on flavor, not color. Years ago, a girlfriend was invited to a guys house for bunch. The ham quiche came out of the oven sprinkled generously with a spice of a reddish color and an odd aroma. She bit into it, put on her best Academy Award face and said "gosh, this is interesting. . . what's the spice?" to which he replied "Well it was supposed to be paprika but I didn't have any so I used Cinnamon, it's the same color."
  • 1 pound ground meat (beef, venison, veal/pork mix or turkey) with a small handful of diced onion. Drain and add 1 jar of Raos marinara sauce (my favorite jarred sauce at the grocery store), a heaping teaspoon of minced garlic (the kind that comes in a jar from the produce section), a heaping teaspoon of dried basil, 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, a couple drops of honey and a can of Rotel (or fire roasted tomatoes), undrained. Heat to a simmer, then reduce heat to low to blend while you cook the pasta. Taste, adding a pinch more red pepper if you wish or salt and pepper to taste (with canned or jarred ingredients I do NOT add salt, but salt and my relationship is pretty much "we can just be friends").



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