Thursday, September 27, 2012

Cooking Confessions

Sorry folks, no new recipe today, but I do have something a little different.  But first, since I feel bad for not posting a recipe in a while, you should check out these two quick recipes from the archives. They are both perfect for this time of year.

Smoky Corn Chowder Great recipe for those of us doing Fresh Fork. This week we're getting what is probably the last of the corn.

Candy Corn and Peanuts Quickest treat ever and no baking required.

Today marks the beginning of a series of posts called Cooking Confessions.  It won't be weekly or anything, I'll just throw them out there at random.  These confessions (sometimes embarrassing) will be about cooking, baking or food things that I like or don't like.  Some of them might surprise you even if you know me in real life so stay tuned!

Grilled Cheese & Pancakes: This is basic cooking right here, but I can't do it without "burnination". The problem is that I'm impatient. I start it off at the right temperature, get impatient then walk away and forget. Or I standby, get impatient and end up cranking the heat. It seems I'm willing to wait for more elaborate cooking (probably because there are other food tasks to be handled) but when it's such a simple food and it seems like it takes forever I have issues. I AM getting better with grilled cheese, but I haven't attempted pancakes for two in such a long time (I'm a waffle girl anyway).

On a recent family vacation, I made breakfast for everyone one morning and only had whatever pans the rental house provided. I had the bacon in the oven and pans on all four burners. None of the pans and burners heated the same so I was constantly having to adjust (aka no time to get impatient). I think these were the best cooked pancakes I've made in forever.

Tomato Sauce:
I use jarred tomato sauce. *gasp* I don't use red sauce that much so I just buy it. Sometimes it's a jar of local stuff and sometimes it's just whatever's on sale, but it's rare if I make it myself. 

Spaghetti and Meatballs:
While we're on the subject of tomato sauce I might as well tell you my feelings about spaghetti and meatballs.  Even though Kevin loves spaghetti, I won't make it.  I just don't like it. I'm not sure why, but it is what it is. I love me some bolognese sauce, but that's really the only meatsauce I like (is it a coincidence that bolognese isn't usually served with spaghetti noodles? hmm).  Everything else is meh including meatballs.  So you can count me off the band wagon for this meatball craze that's going on.  I'll eat them, but they don't really do anything for me.

So there you have it, my first installment of cooking confessions.  Do you have any cooking confessions?
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  1. 2 things...

    1.) When I read "Grilled Cheese & Pancakes", I was SO hoping you were combining the two. I actually think you should. In fact, at the Feve in Oberlin, I just had a Monte Cristo pancake breakfast which was two pancakes with ham, turkey and cheese IN the pancake and drizzled with a raspberry sauce. Sweet Jesus was it good! Therefore, I am convinced that you can do it.
    You could also make the pancakes into bread slices and pick it up as a sandwich. Like, for example, putting bits of bacon in the batter, frying up one side of one pancake, flipping it as you pour in batter for a second and then flip the second, add cheese on top and put the (first) cooked pancake on top. Mmmmm grilled cheese pancake sandwich!!

    2.) I'm not big on tomato sauce and you really can make pasta sauce out of anything you can puree or cook down (eggplant sauce, pumpkin sauce, pea sauce, etc.) so just go crazy with it. The same goes for can make meatballs out of eggplant, fish, etc. The sky's the limit! :-)

    Thanks so much for the post!

    1. Now that's something to think about. The Monte Cristo pancake sounds delicious!

      Yeah, I usually make up some kind of (non-tomato) sauce for pasta. I should experiment with the purees, thanks Kristian!

  2. So if you don't like meatballs, do you like meatloaf? Todd doesn't like meatloaf and I'm not sure I could change his opinion... This is a great series idea, btw!

    1. Meatloaf is okay. I would make it occasionally, but I rarely think about it. That reminds me, I need to get my Gramps' recipe.

  3. I too suck at grilled cheese and pancakes and for the same reasons. Luckily with pancakes I can usually battle the burn with extra syrup and butter. Haha

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