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Feb 22, 2009 10:46 AM

Do you have a favorite I'm-alone-now-so-nobody-will-know favorite dish?

When I make any kind of food -- Asian or not -- for guests, I always make everything from scratch. It's not fair putting the blame on Marie Calendar or the Jolly Green Giant if anything fails. But when I'm alone and want something that is normally a whole lot of work with no pain, no strain, I keep a carton of Ajinomoto "Gourmet Pot Stickers" in the freezer. 12 to a tray, 6 trays to the carton. They do come with a dipping sauce, but I customize mine with a little added fish sauce, Shao Xing wine, shoyu and some regular and chile sesame oils. Simmer until their bottoms are crusty and brown, then enjoy. There are tons of variations, as the mood strikes me.

Do you have something that you save for yourself when you're alone because you don't want the rest of the world to know you can be that lazy? I figure what the rest of the world doesn't know won't hurt them. '-) So tell us about yours and we promise to keep it a secret.

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  1. When I don't want to cook and it's just me and the boyfriend, he gets Trader Joe's mandarin chicken. It's delicious and tastes like the real thing.

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    1. re: CoryKatherine

      Stir fry cubed bell peppers and onions in peanut oil then add baked and glazed TJ's Orange Chicken to it. Spice it up a with a few squirts of sriracha and a tablespoon of Lee Kum Kee Sweet soy sauce. My "Go To" lazy Asian fix.

      1. re: CoryKatherine

        Oh, yes. We eat this more often than I'd really like to admit. It is so good and easy though, hard to beat for convenience foods. with a simple salad and some rice out of the rice cooker.

        My super lazy go-to dinner is nachos. Corn chips, layered twice with extra sharp cheddar in a cereal bowl, microwave 30 secs, serve with guac, sour cream and salsa. Not healthy in the slightest, but perfect after that awful, very bad, no good day :) to be complete, should also be served with a large margarita

        1. re: melly

          melly, me too! with mayo on white!
          have you ever tried it with peanut butter? (just curious).

          1. re: alkapal

            I love PB and dill pickles! Also PB and onion, or with either dill or onion relish.

            1. re: CeeQueue

              since that post of mine, i tried the pb with dill pickle. neither benefitted from the marriage, in my opinion. but i'm happy if you like it!

              love peanuts, though, and made some microwave peanut brittle while i was down in fla. visiting mom. yum!

              1. re: alkapal

                Too funny...I tried the pickle and mayo sandwich and didn't care for it. Then again, I later had a PB and dill pickle sandwich and wasn't as crazy about it as I used to be (it had been awhile). PB and raw onion, or onion relish, still does it for me, but it needs to have just the right consistency kaiser bun (fluffy but not too airy, if that makes sense -- still a bit dense and chewy).

                1. re: alkapal

                  I think peanut butter is better with sweet pickles. Sweet gherkins, sliced, to be more specific, and a slice of American cheese "food."

                  1. re: alkapal

                    microwave peanut brittle? really? recipe please.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      i got it online. the trick is to really spread it out once poured out on your baking sheet to cool.

                      i started with roasted UNsalted peanuts that i wanted to use up (so your peanuts don't have to be raw). pretty darn tasty.

                      it is dead simple to make and fun to eat!

                      1. re: alkapal

                        This looks great, how big a bowl do you use alkapal dearie?

                        1. re: buttertart

                          butter tartlette, my sweet, i used a bowl of about 10" diameter. ;-)).

                          1. re: alkapal

                            While on a peanut butter theme, what I have made in the past while all alone is ridiculously delicious butterscotch/peanut butter/rice krispies basted on top with semi-sweet chocolate and then chilled. And hidden from the kids. Embarrassing because I'm a fine baker, but hey -- life is short and we should eat what's tasty.

                            1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                              I LOVE those! I do a version with the krispie/PB part on the bottom, semi-sweet/powdered sugar in the middle and more of the krispie stuff on the top. Then, when I eat them, I eat off both krispie parts and the chocolate last!

                    2. re: alkapal

                      i'm not pregnant, but after reading this post - I swear -I would kill for a pickle and mayo sandwich. I have never had this or heard of it, but I have got to get some tonight!
                      I need to pick up pickles, mayo and Wonder bread - cause in my mind it HAS to be on Wonder bread!

                      I can't see pickles and PB tho - but I certainly would try it!

                      1. re: NellyNel

                        Dill slices and mayo on store bought white bread is wonderful! So is a sandwich made of nothing but tomato slices with mayo on white bread.

                        1. re: KailuaGirl

                          I love both of these! What's also great are potato dinner rolls with a big pat of butter and dill pickles! I used to eat these a lot at one of the bar/restaurants I worked at, since it was a free snack that you could eat really quickly.

                          1. re: KailuaGirl

                            i've had both of those too!

                            you have to add salt on that tomato, though.

                            1. re: alkapal

                              Yes, definitely salt on the tomato. If you're feeling fancy you can sprinkle it with balsamic vinegar. Now that's a good sandwich!

                              1. re: KailuaGirl

                                oh yeah…balsamic…just a few drops….i like that idea!

                                i make my easy garlicky micro tomatoes using some balsamic…

                                good tomatoes are the best thing about summer.

                                1. re: alkapal

                                  That looks wonderful! I gave it 5 stars in anticipation of garlicky wonderfulness. :-) I can usually grow good tomatoes year around but this winter has been so rainy that my plants have all drowned. I'm so bummed.

                                  Kind of similar to your tomato dish, I make a tomato salad with red, green and yellow tomato wedges, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a balsamic reduction and sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese. Simplicity itself but the flavors and contrasts are so good!

                                2. re: KailuaGirl

                                  Mmm a turkey sandwich with sliced tomato and drizzled with some ranch dressing!

                                  1. re: KailuaGirl

                                    My answer to the basic Tom Sammy is sourdough-mayo-tomato-cracked pepper-SPROUTS!

                          2. re: CeeQueue

                            Dill? *shudder* Sweet!

                            The combination of sliced sweet pickles with creamy peanut butter on a slice of toasted wheat bread, now THAT's my sammich, from way back in childhood.

                            Yeah, I'm


                            1. re: RowanGolightly

                              sorry in the dill camp here. the tang of the crunchy pickle against the sticky peanut butter (I prefer chunky) on some good deli rye...oh so good.

                      2. I tear a whole in the center of a slice of multi-grain bread, drop it into a skillet of heated butter, crack an egg in the center, top it with a slice of good cheese and sprinkle it with chopped red onion. When the bottom of the egg is set and the bottom of the bread browned, I transfer it to the broiler to finish. Sprinkle with a few bacon bits to serve. OMG, it's heaven.

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                          1. re: todao

                            That is a delicious thing, invite me too and scratch the "don't tell anybody" aspect.

                            1. re: todao

                              Cool, that's basically Eggs Birmingham aka Eggs in the Basket. I have a variation with cheese and crumbled bacon served over a bed of hash browns. Might as well make it even more fattening. :-D

                            2. Since it's just between us . . . there's a box of Costco frozen vegetable samosas lurking at the back bottom of my freezer. They are so good with apple and jalapeno jam.

                              Keep it a secret, please!

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                              1. re: alwayscooking

                                Apple and jalapeno jam? That sounds good. Elaborate please. :)

                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                  It's from Stonewall Kitchen and oh so good with fried foods.

                                  1. re: alwayscooking

                                    Thanks. I'm going to look for that.

                              2. An old joke amongst people who know me from when I first bought my house and lived alone - Pop Tarts and Wine. I was even given that as a gift once later on!

                                OK, so that was 11 years ago, and I honestly haven't had that as a meal since. My SO would drop over if I were to bring home Pop Tarts these days.