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Dec 23, 2009 11:57 AM

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.

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  1. You can cook & freeze pasta; I do it all the time and it works well then you can put it together with some sauce. Rice also can be cooked & frozen; thaw and microwave

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      Thank you! You read my mind - that was the part of the question I forgot to ask.

      1. re: InWoodside

        You're welcome; just remember to slightly undercook the pasta and rice so that when you reheat, they won't be overcooked

    2. 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 ...

      1. 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

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        1. re: Emme

          Wow - thanks. What wonderful ideas.

          1. re: InWoodside

            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

            1. re: Emme

              Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. We should be able to get by with these (and a few meals out) without buying new equipment (which unfortunately we don't have space or money for right now!)

        2. 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.

          1. 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.