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Old 12-02-2006, 03:37 PM   #1
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Post What would you cook IF?

Today is a snow day for us. What we have in our food storage is it! I have seen payday menu's somewhere for the day before our food budget is replenished. Pretty soon we will be able to go out but that will happen before the food stock trucks get through to the grocery store which will be mostly sold out of perishables etc. We have just celebrated Thanksgiving and a lot of cupboard space was used during that time hence we anticipate shopping after the holiday. We have a lot of uninteresting food here and a lot of picky eaters. Maybe I will serve them a snow sculpture! I believe the picky is in the activity and guest list more so than the menu. Oh, it's a social blizzard!

What would you cook IF?


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Old 12-02-2006, 04:28 PM   #2
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One of our favorites when I don't want to shop is potato soup, cheese toast and fruit salad from whatever fruit is on hand. Nourishing and great tasting too.

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Old 12-02-2006, 04:39 PM   #3
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I'm assuming this is for tonight so I would suggest pasta of some kind. You can do a heck of a lot with pasta and canned soup of many varieties.
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:22 PM   #4
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Pancakes: If you're out of fresh milk, powdered will work.

SOS/a la king: Make a white sauce (evaporated milk works fine) and add whatever tidbits you have on hand. Any combination of canned meat, vegetables or hard-boiled eggs will work. Even Spam will work if you brown it first and get some the grease out. In fact, creamed Spam and hard-boiled eggs over toast with a bit of cheese sprinkled on top would be delicious. Lay some canned asparagus spears on the toast first, and it's downright gourmet.

Stone Soup: Look through your pantry...you're bound to have the makings for a soup of some kind. You can make a broth out of all kinds of things of things. If you have a scrap of bacon or an onion around, you're on your way. You can also use canned soups to for a base, then do your own thing by adding whatever you have on hand.

Pasta: If you have any kind of pasta, canned, fresh or frozen vegetables, and butter or cheese, you have a meal.

Hint: If you run out of bread, think about biscuits, rolls, tortillas, and cornbread. A slice of ham inside a big biscuit makes a darned good sandwich.

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Old 12-02-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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When I'm in no mood to cook, I give DH sardines on bread. And DH is perfectly content with this. It's comfort food for him!
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:37 PM   #6
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Thank you.

I am so happy for your help. I didn't realize that I had so much food in my kitchen. We will be good for some time to come. You have uplifted my day and I am feeling very good about cooking again.
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Old 12-02-2006, 05:56 PM   #7
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I forgot about something that's really fun. My mom was a school teacher, and when we had snow days, we always made cookies. Look through your recipes and what you have on hand...I'll bet you'll come up with something.

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Old 12-02-2006, 09:23 PM   #8
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I would call out for delivery.

If you consider that cheating, I'd go to the freezer and take out some tomato sauce or pesto and do pasta as an easy way out.

If I had leftover turkey in the freezer (and i do), I'd make quesadillas or simply sandwiches.
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Old 12-03-2006, 09:27 AM   #9
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Some tomato sauce or juice, or even a can of veggie juice such as V8, together with any kind of unseasoned dried or canned beans (not pork & beans or baked beans), an onion, some celery, and chili powder. Throw in any kind of cubed meat or ground beef. Chili, one of the ultimate comfort foods.

The other food everyone will eat is home-made pizza. Throw a quick bread dough together. Top it with whatever you like on your pizza, be it chocolate, or pepperoni, or fruit. Be creative.

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Old 12-03-2006, 09:04 PM   #10
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Probably figured it out by now, but I always try to have on hand a package of black beans and rice (Vigo brand only), onions, and garlic.

Make rice and beans as instructed.

Add if you have onions garlic and balsamic vineger:

Sautee onions in EEOO, add garlic. Add enough balsamic vinegar to coat. Carmelize onions and garlic. Add some parsley and eat as a condiment to the beans and rice.

Really filling. One package will get me and my boyfriend (which is impressive because he can eat a lot) fully and happy. Especially on a cold day.

If you have rice you can add some veggies to it and carmelize the onions as well.

Another easy thing is rice and eggs--believe it or not. Add some parsley, garlic, black pepper, and a dash of chilli powder if you have it to the rice. Fry the eggs and serve it up!

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