in my tiny kitchen

My father and I had the following conversation over the phone:

Me: “We had some broccoli rice casserole for dinner. It was really good. You should have Mom make it.”

Dad: “You’ve been cooking?”

Me: “Um. Yes?”

Dad: “Well! I’m happy to hear that! I didn’t think you would be cooking?”

Me: “Uhhh… how else do you get food, Dad?”

This is also a Dad who ate my cooking at LEAST once a week for the past two years, always being sure to compliment the chef. He’s a little clueless. I have been doing some cooking, though, and I thought I’d share with you what was delicious.

Photos mostly belong to the recipe-makers, as I sometimes can’t figure out where my camera is before I’ve eaten everything.

Perfect Broccoli and Rice Casserole

Lance made me a traditional, canned green bean casserole – a delicacy foreign to my family’s kitchen – and suddenly I am obsessed with anything containing a can of cream of mushroom soup. I got my recipe from Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen website, which I find useful but not as revolutionary as I thought it would be. This one was quite tasty. I used fresh broccoli because I had some, and I skipped the bread crumbs because they are a pain in the butt. Click here for the recipe.

Salmon Pesto Burgers

This sandwich will really rock your world. I love Nienie’s recipes – always simple, healthy(ish) and delicious. You can get 5 salmon burgers for 5 bucks in the freezer at Trader Joes, but you could easily use chicken instead if you can’t find any. It’s the other stuff that really makes the sandwich. Oh, and if you are at Trader Joe’s, you MUST find the ciabatta rolls. They will change your life. Recipe found here.

Rice Pudding

This is easily the most delicious thing I have ever made. And really easy. Pudding from scratch (or heck, from those little Jell-o boxes) can be intimidating! Anyway, this is the best dessert to have in a kitchen with no microwave because it tastes delicious at all temperatures. It was good fresh from the pot, and maybe even better from the fridge. I might make some more today. I made a minor, but probably important, alteration. I subbed half the milk with whipping cream. Hey now, don’t judge. Sometimes you just have to get rid of somethin’ in the fridge, ya know? Recipe from Simply Recipes.

Also in my kitchen:

  • Nutella Poptarts on the panini maker
  • Fried eggplant and marinara sandwiches
  • Boiled/baked potatoes
  • Banana whole wheat pancakes
  • Lots of fried eggs
  • Lots of cinnamon toast
  • Lance’s Sunday Night Chicken Salad

This week, I’m making some freaking apple sauce. Even if I have to buy TWO giant bags of apples at the store today. Also, we have some shrimp! Oh, when you only spend money on food, this kind of thing can really get exciting.

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7 Comments to “in my tiny kitchen”

  1. You make me want to cook. This could be a disaster.

  2. mmmm, food. I think I might try the rice pudding tonight!

    • I made more. Still delicious! I wish I had extra heavy cream all the time! (Although then I might need to buy new pants…)

  3. Like my father before me, I learned to cook due to one reason: necessity. I got tired of getting take out and frozen meals, so I delved into cooking. Now, I’ll get obsessed with a certain ingredient (ginger! soy! rice! and the list goes on), look up flavor affinities in The Flavor Bible (get. this. book.), and then start experimenting. I rarely look up recipes because I hate anything that has a million teaspoons of this & that and prefer simple recipes (e.g. shaved ginger + soy sauce + chicken + sesame oil + frying pan = win).

    I also highly recommend What To Drink With What You Eat as well.

    • The Flavor Bible is SO on my wishlist. Christmas. I like recipes fine, but I have trouble turning “What’s On Sale” into “What’s On My Plate.” I want to look at a strange food and think “I know what to do with you to make you delicious!”

      That is my singular cooking goal.

      Although tonight’s menu is Annie’s Mac & Cheese, a can of tuna, and some frozen peas.

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