Cooking without Gas
The gas in my co-op is going to be turned off for at least two weeks while some project is going on beginning in the New Year. When this was done on another line in our building the gas was off for much longer than the estimated time. I plan on making soups, taco meat, chili, lasagna and having some cooked chicken in the freezer to make up some meals for that time. Any other interesting suggestions? I have a microwave, toaster oven and waffle iron/sandwich press at my disposal.
Welcome to the Home Cooking board, InWood.
Recapping the above posted tools that will get you through:
an electric skillet
a slow cooker/crockpot, with removable crock
The butane cartridge stove
And I'll add the Pyrex 2 quart calibrated measuring cup, with a single-spoke handle, which can take care of your need for boiled water and other preps, using the microwave.
All four of these tools will not only get you through this crisis, but also serve you for the rest of your life.
I've used recipes from this NY Times article on toaster oven cooking even though I don't own one! The roasted cherry tomato and roasted zucchini recipes are excellent (even in a regular oven!). The writer prepares a complete dinner for company with some creative uses of her toaster oven.
Asian groceries sell inexpensive table top burners that use butane canisters. These are popular through out Asia for cooking at the table - hot pot (Japanese nabe), Korean grilling, etc. Using it for all your meals could get expensive, but where you still need a flame, they are a good option.
A random scattering of thoughts...
-Baked potatoes - stuffed or otherwise - microwave them til soft, then crisp in the toaster
-Poached Chicken Breasts - i do these in the micro in broth, and it works well for tender meat
-Quesadillas in the toaster
-Tuna Melts or any other melts in the toaster
-Waffled Eggplant Parmesan -- coat in eggs and panko/parmesan/parsley then cook in the waffle iron; top with marinara of choice
-Roasted Veggies in the toaster - nuke first to soften then toast til golden
-Mini meatloaves - chicken, onion, egg, garlic, bread crumbs, parmesan, parsley, bake in the toaster at 350 (assuming your toaster does this)
-Catfish Filets - brush with melted butter, coat with bread crumbs, parsley, and parmesan; bake at 400
-Dijon Pecan Crusted Salmon - mix honey with dijon; mix pecans with bread crumbs and parsley; brush fish with honey dijon, then press crumbs/nuts into it; bake til flakes
-Apple Crisp - slice apples into rounds and place on a toaster baking tray or aluminum foil; mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and a dash of salt, and sprinkle over apple slices; sprinkle with water and dot each apple with butter, then toast til golden and soft and gooey
-Maple Cinnamon Cashews http://www.toaster-oven.net/Toaster-O...
a few more...
-crab salad in lettuce cups - mix crab meat, tarragon, celery, chives, sour cream, mayo and papaya chunks with S&P, fill butter leaves
-egg salad - poach eggs (or just whites) in micro, cool and dice and make salad
-spaghetti squash - cut however necessary to get into toaster, roast garlic and onion slices in toaster as well, toss all with squash and parmesan
-broccoli salad with tofu - chop broccoli florets and mix with olive oil, dash of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili flakes, garlic and diced tofu; allow to marinate at least an hour
-squash strata - slice squash on mandoline (or thinly with knife) layering some in a dish, sprinkle with minced shallots, olive oil, lemon juice, S&P; repeat layers and top with grated pecorino romano; allow to marinate at least 1/2 - 1 hr
This might be a good time to buy a slow cooker and/or electric skillet. Maybe Santa will bring them ...
Something you may not have tried in the toaster oven is open-faced PB&Js. I loved to make them when I was little. (I still would, but no toaster oven!) All-natural peanut butter kind of browns around the edges ... I would just do several dollops of jelly or jam. Yummy ...