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Old 05-20-2009, 04:59 PM   #11
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That would also work but alas I have no kettle
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:25 PM   #12
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An under-rated cooking pot that does a host of things well is an inexpensive pressure cooker. It will make anything a slow cooker will make, but in 45 minutes or less. It will let you make a complete, multi-course meal in 30 minutes, if you have one that has multiple cooking levels. All you need is heat and water, and a bit of know-how. And these things all come with a recipe book. In a pinch, if you leave the top off, you can even use it as a deep fryer, or a pan-fryer, soup pot, pasta cooker, steamer, etc. And it will take a very tough piece of meat and make it fall-apart tender in 30 to 45 minutes, something that normaly takes 4 to 5 hours in a slow cooker, or the same time in a roasting pot in a slow oven.

For a prep suface, use good plastic or wood cutting boards that can be cleaned up with hot soapy water or in the electric dishwasher.

Of course there are a host of other cooking vessels and applieances out there that can give you great results. But for versatility and cooking speed, it's hard to beat a pressure cooker, especially at 25 to 40 bucks apiece.

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Old 05-20-2009, 05:50 PM   #13
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I recommend an electric frying pan.

It can cook hot and fast for steaks, burgers, chicken breasts, fish. You can deep fry chicken and other items. You can slow cook stews, chili, pot roasts and soups. You can make bacon, fry eggs and cook pancakes in it. You could probably manage baking a cornbread in it.

If yo don't actually want to cook, I'd go with a microwave and a toaster oven.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:50 PM   #14
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I feel your pain. I once spent 15 months in a Ramada Inn. I had a tiny refrigerator and a small microwave, but the local fire marshal forbade any other cooking appliances. I ate a lot of lunch meat, hot dogs and frozen foods (not to mention a lot of take-out).
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:11 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Squash View Post
Please help me, recommend some tasty easy to cook recipes, you guys seem like the best group to ask!

I'm assuming that you have some way to heat things up--a microwave or a hot plate. If you have a hot plate and a skillet, saute some shrimp with some spices, heat up some flour tortillas, and add some bagged slaw mix....voila, shrimp tacos. You can do the same with fish and have fish tacos--easy, pretty healthy, and tasty.

Andy's suggestion of an electric skillet is great--very versatile little appliance. When you have to, you can get very creative--skillet toast, skillet burgers, poached chicken for chicken salad, etc.
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:03 PM   #16
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Get a griddle. You can take care of breakfast lunch and dinner with just one thing.

Depending on the type that you get the only thing to worry about will be the cleaning. You can get a 12 by 12 detachable plate griddle for about 40 dollars. it would help cook anything anytime and be easy to clean.

Hope this helps,
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:45 PM   #17
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Hey all, first time poster, terrible cook. I'm in the last year of my phd, living in a single person dorm room in Australia. The cooking facilities are awful, absolutely disgusting, I'd like to spend as little time in them as possible, so far I've been living on canned soup, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and take-out chinese food. Seriously.

Please help me, recommend some tasty easy to cook recipes, you guys seem like the best group to ask!


Josh - Two items that saw me through different times of not having decent cooking facilities but allowed me to eat well are a microwave oven (and you can get a pretty small ones to cook for one these days), and an electric skillet. With those two items, you can eat well with lots of variations. Anything from baked potatoes, fried bacon, casseroles, fried chicken, pork chops, etc.

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:54 AM   #18
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I recommend an electric frying pan
That was going to be my suggestion.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:53 PM   #19
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I agree on this. You can get them on the small cheap side or larger and more $$. Very versatile and easy to clean.

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