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What do you like to cook for yourself when your spouse or family isn't around?

visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:09 AM

If you usually cook for other people, but you have a night alone at home, what do you cook just for yourself? Or do you eat cold cereal?

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  1. maplesugar RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:17 AM

    That depends... if I'm in the mood to be in the kitchen than anything involving soft goat cheese - like pizza with goat cheese, pesto and chicken for instance. DH isn't fond of it and the kids are hit or miss so on nights like that (which are rare) I cook for me. When I'm not in the mood to spend an extended period in the kitchen instead of going the cold cereal route I'd probably just make a big salad or thaw some chili or soup for dinner.

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      cheesecake17 RE: maplesugar Mar 4, 2010 07:19 AM

      When I'm alone I also make something with goat cheese. DH claims to hate it, but will eat it if it's hidden. I would rather wait till I'm home alone for dinner to make a salad or pizza with warm goat cheese.

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        clint1245 RE: maplesugar Jan 15, 2011 12:36 PM

        Same thing but white goat cheese thin crust pizza with pesto, cherry tomatoes, sprinkle of bacon and fried eggplant. Salavating just thinking about it.

      2. coll RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:35 AM

        I eat an assortment of leftovers, or I pig out on chocolate and the like with no dinner added. Nothing that needs cleaning up. I wonder if I lived alone how often I would cook for myself....scary now that I think about it.

        1. almansa RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:36 AM

          A pork shoulder, which I can't possibly finish myself, so I give it away to friends. But I do love it so. She has that vegetarian flaw.

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            sunshine842 RE: almansa Mar 15, 2011 01:05 AM

            (freeze it! then then you can indulge at whim!)

          2. Perilagu Khan RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:40 AM

            Cream soups and chicken breasts cooked myriad ways. I love 'em; the Khantessa deplores 'em.

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              dmd_kc RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:40 AM

              Whole fish in all its iterations -- but most especially sardines. I'm the only one who loves them, so I nearly always take advantage of my solo evenings to indulge. We have one friend couple who are the same way: one loves it, and the other hates it. We need to do a switcheroo every once in a while, I guess!

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                Perilagu Khan RE: dmd_kc Mar 3, 2010 10:49 AM

                A little culinary swinging, eh? Just be sure she doesn't wind up with any of your sard juice on her dress. ;)

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                browneyedwoman RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 10:55 AM

                Maxed out tuna salad on crusty bread, pasta or pizza with anchovies, my dh is not a fan of any of these wonderful things.
                I also indulge in a big bowl of honey-butter popcorn and some good, malty hot chocolate...all to myself.

                1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 12:17 PM

                  "La Trippa", cubed up tripe cooked 8-10 hours in a crockpot with plain tomato puree, lots of chopped garlic, salt, pepper and chili flakes. Crusty french/italian bread for dunking and a small tossed salad with oil & vinegar. They don't like it, too bad.Also Mexican style stewed tripas de leche, they don't like that either. I got a thing about innards.

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                    lfiske29 RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 12:47 PM

                    Haha. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. Every. Single. Time.
                    Mmm...briny, spicy, pasta goodness.

                    The anchovies, olives, and capers check off most of the BF's food vices.
                    Oh well. I'll keep him anyway. No one's perfect. :)

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                      sholli RE: lfiske29 Mar 4, 2010 07:06 AM

                      I do puttanesca, too. Also big greek salads w/ sardines thrown in for protein, since he also doesn't love those fish.

                    2. Will Owen RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 01:08 PM

                      Either some vegetable Mrs. O hates - bell peppers (stuffed), eggplant (parm!!), swiss chard - or some ungodly mess I do on an impulse I would never indulge if cooking for others. One day I'd mixed egg with a little cream to dip a piece of catfish in before rolling it in cornmeal, then I fried it... and just as it was about done I thought, Gee, shouldn't let this go to waste! and poured the remaining egg mixture in the pan. Wound up with a piece of fish wrapped in a very rich, tender omelet, and Damn it was good...

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                        JerryMe RE: Will Owen Mar 14, 2011 08:36 PM

                        The catfish sounds very good, Will - If I'm cooking for me, it's usually something w/ olives and mushrooms. DS hates them. If SO is not around, it's shellfish, which he hates.

                      2. meatn3 RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 02:15 PM

                        Fried chicken gizzards and livers. I'm the only one who really loves them. Cheap, quick and I have them so seldom that I end up eating them out of the pan most times!

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                          al b. darned RE: meatn3 Mar 3, 2010 03:46 PM

                          HEY!! I was going to say that!

                          Actually, I usually go with just the gizzards when I can find them. I sometimes toss them with masa before frying. DW won't touch them, which is a good thing. More for me!

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                            meatn3 RE: al b. darned Mar 3, 2010 04:33 PM

                            I can find livers easily, gizzards are becoming much harder to locate in my area! I toss with seasoned flour and pan fry. Masa would be good though!

                            If I get really energetic I have them with rice, cream gravy, steamed spinach and broiled tomatoes. Most times I'm not so energetic...

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                            Berheenia RE: meatn3 Mar 4, 2010 02:30 AM

                            Calves liver, chicken liver, kidneys. Also fish, brussel sprouts and asparagus. Maybe a lamb chop or two.

                          3. mcf RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 04:03 PM

                            osso bucco, or braised lamb shanks; DH doesn't like them at all. I usually make them when he's away on his annual golf trip.

                            1. eight_inch_pestle RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 04:21 PM

                              Came up with the Friday Night Faux-Bachelor Special while the gf and I did long distance for awhile when she went back to grad school.

                              Come back from the store, turn on some music, and preheat the oven. While the oven preheats, coat a thick and well-marbled rib-eye with a mixture of crushed pepper (black, white, sichuan). Set aside. When the oven is ready, pierce a sweet potato with a knife and toss it in. Pour a healthy three fingers of whiskey (neat) and read or surf or watch the ballgame or do some other lonely man activity (not _that_, you pervs) for about an hour. Return to the kitchen and preheat a pan over a healthy flame. Liberally sprinkle kosher or sea salt all over the steak and toss it in the pan. Cook, touching but once to turn, until it is beautifully seared but rare. Remove and set aside. While the meat rests, get out a plate and toss some watercress on it. Thinly slice some shallot and toss it on the greens. Drizzle the salad with olive oil and lemon juice. Plate the baked potato and dollop with butter and salt. Plate the steak, pour another whiskey, and proceed to heaven. A perfect meal for not 10 minutes in the kitchen and one plate, one pan, one cutting board, and one knife to clean before retiring or heading out for the evening. Now to figure out when the girlfriend is traveling again.

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                                mariacarmen RE: eight_inch_pestle Mar 14, 2011 09:34 PM

                                oh MAN. i'm going to do that FOR the BF and me one of these days. drool.

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                                runwestierun RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 04:53 PM

                                That is when I cook my truly spicy food, usually Asian. The new husband doesn't stomach anything above the fairly spicy, so when he's gone, it gets HOT in the kitchen!

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                                  HillJ RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 05:12 PM

                                  Lentils, because I'm the only one in my family who loves them.

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                                    HillJ RE: HillJ Mar 3, 2010 07:17 PM

                                    Or something sinfully rich & easy like this with a good flick and a glass of wine.

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                                    kamdraft RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 05:31 PM

                                    I like Welsh Rarebit for myself. She doesn't like the smell of the beer, cheese, mustard combination.

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                                      eight_inch_pestle RE: kamdraft Mar 3, 2010 05:40 PM

                                      Then she should have her nose checked out.

                                    2. gansu girl RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 05:51 PM

                                      Fried egg sandwich
                                      big bowl of braised kale & garlic
                                      sardines in mustard sauce on toast
                                      pizza w/anchovies or mushrooms
                                      anything w/artichokes
                                      olives olives olives!


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                                        jen kalb RE: gansu girl Mar 3, 2010 06:18 PM

                                        when I get a chance to eat alone I often go for eggs (often indian-style scrambled, with sauteed ginger, scallions, green chiles and cumin, with cilantro mixed in) layered in bread or some other type of sandwich (something my husband doesnt go for). Its rare these days that I will do elaborate cooking without someone to share it with.

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                                          mariacarmen RE: jen kalb Mar 14, 2011 10:04 PM

                                          those eggs sound amazing. i'd make those for me and the boy.

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                                        dcfb RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 06:28 PM

                                        Nachos or refried black bean burritos. I also tend to go slightly Heathcliff Huxtable and grab some things not to my husband's quality standard. No complaints for that though.

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                                          brooklynkoshereater RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 06:43 PM

                                          just-cooked scrambled eggs and toast, eaten steaming hot. Oh, and super crunchy potatoe and sweet potato french fries

                                          1. Emme RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 07:13 PM

                                            Vegetables -- steamed or roasted, just tons of em and a variety; most i cook for are not intrigued by plates of vegetables...

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                                              miki RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 09:17 PM

                                              Steak. Maybe with mushrooms. My family doesn't care about steak, and my husband demo's it at Costco, so he gets plenty.

                                              If it's morning, bacon and eggs. Again, my kids don't care about eggs and my husband doesn't like bacon.

                                              1. twodales RE: visciole Mar 3, 2010 09:35 PM

                                                That's an easy one: Tuna Noodle casserole made with Genova tuna, Campbell's cream of mushroom, Mrs. Grass's medium noodles and Lays potato chips on top. Pig out food for me and gross out won't touch the stuff tuna for the hubby.

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                                                  pasuga RE: visciole Mar 4, 2010 02:54 AM

                                                  Ismail Merchant's chicken livers... can't post the recipe, since it's copyrighted, involves a jalapeno, yogurt and lots of garlic. It's so easy and a pot of rice made at the same time times out perfectly.

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                                                    Kooper RE: visciole Mar 4, 2010 06:27 AM

                                                    When my wife is away I make my 4 meat chilli or my 5 meat jambalaya. In both cases I will make a side of bacon topped corn bread. It is probably a good thing my wife is not on the road a lot or my cholesterol would be through the roof.

                                                    1. ChristinaMason RE: visciole Mar 4, 2010 07:27 AM

                                                      Homemade macaroni and cheese; pasta with butter, parmesan, and parsley; creamed eggs/S.O.S.; salmon, veggies with as much ground coriander as pleases me.

                                                      1. fmcoxe6188 RE: visciole Mar 4, 2010 07:49 AM

                                                        Anything with far too much spice. I tend to load up anything I can with extra cayenne, red pepper flakes or hot sauce. My bf doesnt love spice, so I tend to go light when cooking for the two of us...

                                                        1. jeniyo RE: visciole Mar 4, 2010 07:57 AM

                                                          probably something hot, like a big bowl of stir fried stuff.
                                                          Roasted sweet potatos
                                                          a spicy curry of some kind
                                                          big bowl of brothy soup
                                                          an omlette
                                                          it is something i can make within 15 min, and uses only one pot -odd things put together, just because i have an opportunity to clean the fridge. or things that the hubs don't usually like: sweet potatos, yams, pumpkin, basted eggs, mango chutney, etc.

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                                                            badvegan RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 03:47 AM

                                                            I always use my crock pot. I dont know why but i personally believe that all awesome kitchen gadgets were invented in the 70's and crock pots top the list.

                                                            When the wife is away i will usually cook a brisket or pork shoulder in the crock pot. Just throw it in, grind a little pepper, add one teaspoon liquid smoke, and cook on high 4 hours.

                                                            Serve over buns or bread with bbq sauce or without. Forget the bbq sauce and top your bun with coleslaw and sprinkle the meat with cider vinegar if your in an east coast mood.

                                                            1. Breadcrumbs RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 04:29 AM

                                                              Ma Po Dofu or some other spicy concoction w tofu. (Mr bc hates tofu) or, mussels b/c I love them and though Mr bc will eat them, they're not his fave so we don't have them nearly as frequently as I would like.

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                                                                Johnny West RE: Breadcrumbs Jan 12, 2011 04:35 AM

                                                                I'll grill two or three steaks, bake a potatoe, fry onions and mushrooms on the grill,
                                                                and fix a can of Bush's Grillin Beans; several vodka martinis, and open a bottle
                                                                of pinot noir. Of course, I can't eat all this but the leftovers are good for several more
                                                                meals. I'll make hash of the extra steak and potatoes. Then there is a cigar on the deck.....

                                                              2. alliegator RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 06:57 AM

                                                                Shrimp, any preparation. Usually Asain, though. The SO can't stand them and whines like a little girl about not knowing if the "poop thing" is completely out, haha.

                                                                1. junescook RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 07:24 AM

                                                                  It has been a really long time, but I do remember those happy Monday nights when I was single when my tradition was Banquet fried chicken with a side of a frozen pizza accompanied by some jug burgandy over ice while watching Monday night football. Sigh, the good old days.

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                                                                    Wisey RE: junescook Mar 14, 2011 05:56 PM

                                                                    Now we're talking!!!

                                                                  2. mamachef RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 08:20 AM

                                                                    Sauteed chicken livers with fried onions and a fried egg. I am only ever allowed to make them when my Mr. won't have to watch me eat them, and the house has a chance to air out. And he's pretty liberal, but the livers just destroy everything about him that wants to eat.

                                                                    1. VeggieHead RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 09:06 AM

                                                                      Well, since I'm now single, I get to experiment much more in the kitchen again. Since I have access to the best produce on the market, I've been playing with alot more veggies than the family would have eaten. Discovered a strong desire to eat mushrooms, that I REALLY LIKE olives, Brussels Sprouts aren't even close to the disgusting little balls of cabbage my mother stewed years ago, roasting cauliflower is awesome, crosnes are freaky looking, but taste good, salsify is really sticky, and that it will still take some time to acquire a taste for eggplant. My son abhors cooked eggs, so the eggs and pickled ramps are reserved for when he's at mom's or outside playing. Recently, I've been cooking lots of lentils, wheat berries, and quinoa, instead of the typical starches and a steady diet of venison and wild duck... Mmmmm! And I just got a stove-top smoker box for X-mas... the ABSOLUTE BEST addition to my kitchen arsenal!

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                                                                        mamachef RE: VeggieHead Jan 12, 2011 09:07 AM

                                                                        Now that's way cool, Veggiehead.

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                                                                          VeggieHead RE: mamachef Jan 12, 2011 10:00 AM

                                                                          What, that I'm now single or that it's taken me 40 years to realize that morels, shiitakes, chanterelles, Brussels sprouts, etc are our friends. lol

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                                                                          sunshine842 RE: VeggieHead Mar 15, 2011 01:13 AM

                                                                          my mom had only ever served Bird's Eye frozen brussels sprouts, cooked until dead and then a little more, so I though they were supposed to be grey-green and acrid.

                                                                          I was in Zurich on business a few years ago, and the accompaniments to the amazing saddle of venison that was the special that night was a three-compartment dish containing fresh-made spaetzle, browned in butter; fresh-made rotkohl with white wine instead of vinegar; and Brussels sprouts steamed until just tender and then browned in butter and garlic.

                                                                          Not only did I almost forget about the venison, but it was the first time I've ever seriously pondered asking for more vegetables in a restaurant.

                                                                          My bachelorette dinners might be whole artichokes (they like 'em, but won't eat 'em whole), asparagus (I live in an asparagus-producing region), Indian food, couscous or a tajine (last two are usually takeout as it's just too much to do for myself!)..or the choucroute that the folks from Alsace make at my local market.

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                                                                          italia84 RE: visciole Jan 12, 2011 09:32 AM

                                                                          something with eggplant. my partner hates it, and it's one of my absolute favorites. I usually just make some parm. Or, I'll make pasta puttanesca (partner hates the olives and anchovies [though I sneak it in foods all the time without her knowing])

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                                                                            fivesensesreeling RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                                            Linguine with white clam sauce. It was too painful watching him pick out the clams when I would make it for both of us.

                                                                            1. Euonymous RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 11:40 AM

                                                                              Brussels sprouts!!

                                                                              1. in bocca RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                                Velveeta shells and cheese, straight out of the pot with a healthy ( huge ) glass of vino.

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                                                                                  Breezychow RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 12:16 PM

                                                                                  Since my husband doesn't eat any red-meat products (& hasn't for over 35 years now), when he won't be dining home, I lean towards making myself a small steak, or lamb chops, or sometimes even pork, depending on my mood. And since he doesn't care for chicken livers, which I love, sometimes I'll saute up a batch of them for dinner when he won't be around.
                                                                                  If the season is right, shad roe & fresh bluefish are also on my list of sole dining experiences.

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                                                                                    sherriberry RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 12:38 PM

                                                                                    If I'm feeling lazy-Stouffers frozen mac and cheese.. If I'm feeling very self indulgent-homemade potato skins w/ lots of bacon and cheese.

                                                                                    1. mucho gordo RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 03:14 PM

                                                                                      I like to keep it simple. For a Sunday breakfast I'll fry up a pound of chorizo and, while that's sizzling, I'll microwave a tub of Country Crock garlic mashed potato. Mix the 2 together and season to taste. If I have some large tortillas hanging around, I'll make a burrito or 2 otherwise, I'll just eat from the plate.

                                                                                      1. deet13 RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 03:20 PM

                                                                                        When my wife and son are gone I usually cook up a pot of kielbasa, cabbage, with some potatoes on the side...

                                                                                        1. scubadoo97 RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 06:42 PM

                                                                                          I tend to go either austere or splurge with things like sweetbreads or porky products that my wife won't eat. She came home one day and I had braised an octopus

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                                                                                            modthyrth RE: visciole Jan 13, 2011 07:26 PM

                                                                                            I make crab legs. Husband likes them quite a bit, too, but I've always adored crab. It's incredibly fast and easy, and I figure if he's off sitting in a hotel hot tub and eating out on the company's dime while I'm at home with the kids, I get crab legs.

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                                                                                              HillJ RE: visciole Jan 14, 2011 12:01 PM

                                                                                              These days that would be any recipe featuring a roasted or baked tomato. For some reason I'm the only one in the family that loves a fresh baked tomato tart (with some delicious cheese and good mustard) or a grilled tomato with a drizzle of oil & garlic. So, if I find myself solo, it's a good time to enjoy the heck out of a tomato for one :)

                                                                                              1. LaureltQ RE: visciole Jan 14, 2011 12:09 PM

                                                                                                Hubby won't eat pasta (worst italian ever!) so I like to just boil up some good dry pasta and top it with a little crumbled goat cheese, salt, pepper, and pasta water. This is actually my favorite meal in the whole world.

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                                                                                                  cheesecake17 RE: LaureltQ Jan 19, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                                                                  If you want to add something to the pasta- thinly sliced kalamata olives and basil are delicious.

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                                                                                                    sunshine842 RE: cheesecake17 Mar 15, 2011 01:15 AM

                                                                                                    oh, yowza.

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                                                                                                      cheesecake17 RE: sunshine842 Mar 15, 2011 10:54 AM

                                                                                                      goat cheese hating husband is out tonight... so this will be dinner. minus the basil, plus parsely.

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                                                                                                    fara RE: LaureltQ Mar 29, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                                                                    what kind of goat cheese?

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                                                                                                    missfunkysoul RE: visciole Jan 14, 2011 12:36 PM

                                                                                                    scrambled egg on superthin slice of toast w/ketchup and much, much pepper. it's my thing......

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                                                                                                      italy531 RE: visciole Jan 14, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                                                                      I make scallops since my husband isn't a fan.

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                                                                                                        Rella RE: italy531 Mar 14, 2011 07:44 PM

                                                                                                        Same here. If it is not scallops, it is a dal with asafoetida/hing, rice and a raita.

                                                                                                      2. rcallner RE: visciole Jan 19, 2011 02:38 PM

                                                                                                        I'm only posting this because my husband doesn't read the site. He's vegetarian, as is my stepdaughter. We eat sustainable, mostly organic foods. But - I was raised in Italy and every now and then veal piccata or milanese is a little piece of heaven.

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                                                                                                          fara RE: rcallner Mar 29, 2011 06:43 PM

                                                                                                          i'm sorry...do you eat meat when theyr'e home? everything in moderation!

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                                                                                                            rcallner RE: fara Mar 30, 2011 02:25 PM

                                                                                                            Every now and then, I eat meat when they're home. Well, let me think about that. Hardly ever, actually. Maybe a little piece of chicken cooked on the side and added to whatever we're all having. My stepdaughter (1st grade) tends to hold her nose and hoot if I'm cooking meat. It's funny, but successfully discourages me from doing it. Don't miss it, though.

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                                                                                                          noodlepoodle RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 05:09 PM

                                                                                                          Spaghetti, spaghetti, spaghetti....with my simple premade red sauce, and a nice sprinkle of fresh grated parmesan cheese. I've been known to eat half a pound all by myself. Luckily I'm not alone for dinner that often. Otherwise, I'd weigh a ton.

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                                                                                                            Isolda RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 05:17 PM

                                                                                                            Broccoli rabe with rice is a favorite. Saute some rabe in a bit of olive oil, add some garlic and red pepper flakes, then stir in some vermouth, chicken broth (or water) and rice. Cover and cook until the rice is done. Stir in some freshly grated parm, s&p to taste. I can eat huge quantities of this.

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                                                                                                              mariacarmen RE: Isolda Mar 14, 2011 09:44 PM

                                                                                                              isolda, that sounds like something both of us would eat, so i don't have to wait to have it. in fact, he has never had broccoli rabe but i know he'll like it. going to try this.

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                                                                                                              jvanderh RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 05:52 PM

                                                                                                              Homemade noodles. Takes so much less time for just one egg's worth! How 'bout you, visciole?

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                                                                                                                visciole RE: jvanderh Apr 1, 2011 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                Potato pancakes! It's so much easier to grate one potato, throw in some egg and flour, and use a small pan. Plus they're so much better really hot and it's more or less impossible to serve them that way for more than one. (But please don't tell!)

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                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: visciole Apr 3, 2011 02:08 AM

                                                                                                                  I make 'em with leftover mashed potatoes.

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                                                                                                                    jvanderh RE: visciole Apr 8, 2011 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                    mmm :-) I might have to add potato pancakes to my repertoire.

                                                                                                                2. mamachef RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                  Last time he was out of town on business, my first dinner at home that I "cooked" was a very large Bombay Martini, extra lime. Then a couple hours later I had a beer and some not-microwave popcorn. What a great night. Talk about balancing out the food groups!

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                                                                                                                    roxlet RE: mamachef Mar 30, 2011 05:17 AM

                                                                                                                    You're my kind of gal, mamachef!

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                                                                                                                      sunshine842 RE: mamachef Mar 30, 2011 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                      grains...fruits...vegetables...you're doing pretty good!

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                                                                                                                        mamachef RE: sunshine842 Mar 30, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                                                        Until the very next morning, when I "cooked" up a delicious breakfast of tylenol, seltzer and lime. : )

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                                                                                                                      yankeefan RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 06:41 PM

                                                                                                                      Anything with Stilton, Gorgonzola, or the stinkiest of blue veined cheeses. I want the kitchen full of that funk and combined with just about anything on a hot sandwich.

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                                                                                                                        odkaty RE: yankeefan Mar 15, 2011 04:20 AM

                                                                                                                        Blue cheeses are my go-to also. "Mac & cheese" with caramelized onions, stilton and pasta. If tomatoes are in season I'll add a finely diced one. A cold day favorite is stilton & tomato soup ... stilton on crackers works too. And on hot summer days pasta tossed with a touch of balsamic, olive oil, garlic, stilton and, after it's sat for a few minutes, fresh diced tomato and basil.

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                                                                                                                        Wannabfoode RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 07:45 PM

                                                                                                                        you might like the book Alone in the Kitchen with An Eggplant, a great collection of essays on this very subject!

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                                                                                                                          sueatmo RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                          Mr. Sueatmo is always around these days! But if he wasn't, I think I'd go buy a tub of chicken livers, and fry them up. I haven't had a potato in over a year now, but in that case I might just make me some mashed potatoes too.

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                                                                                                                            Hansel RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 08:41 PM

                                                                                                                            Scrambled eggs with mushrooms, and spinach or other greens or brussels sprouts, all mixed up together. Or a yogurt smoothie with banana and peanut butter. Or, I order a margherita pizza for pick-up. (My partner avoids wheat and dairy, and doesn't like mushrooms or brussels sprouts.)

                                                                                                                            1. mariacarmen RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 09:42 PM

                                                                                                                              My BF was away for 6-1/2 weeks (longest time we've been apart in 5 years) and, among other things, I made fried catfish, a provencal take on butterfish, seared scallops, smoked oysters and cream cheese on crackers, and take-out pizza with garlic and clams. Yep, the BF doesn't much like fish. Also, a couple nights i had open-faced bacon & egg sandwiches (he likes them, just not for dinner - but they're ok for 2 in the morning for him!) The rest of the time I had to cook for my dad (who is WAY pickier than the BF) but those fish nights were soooo good.

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                                                                                                                                jlhinwa RE: visciole Mar 14, 2011 09:44 PM

                                                                                                                                I enjoy cooking for myself without the helpful input of my family. My household includes my vegetarian husband, my carnivore-and-proud-of-it 9 year old daughter, my 40 something year old bachelor brother who was as picky as I was about food growing up (and hasn't outgrown it), and my elderly parents. My husband, brother, and mother have high cholesterol. My brother, mother, and father have high BP and make attempts (selectively) at watching their sodium. My brother and husband have acid reflux issues. And all except for my daughter and I are watching their weight (again selectively).

                                                                                                                                When I have a night off from that cast of characters, I make whatever my heart desires...pasta and Mexican are two favorite themes. If I am feeling especially decadent and can get my hands on some decent king crab legs, I will have crab with lemon & butter for dinner. I don't mind cooking for just one person, but I don't want it to be a lengthy ordeal.

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                                                                                                                                  jvanderh RE: jlhinwa Mar 15, 2011 06:45 AM

                                                                                                                                  I empathize. Selective food restrictions are utterly frustrating-- you feel guilty if you're jeopardizing people's health, so you go out of your way to try to make something delicious that conforms to their requirements, then they have cheesesteaks the next day for lunch. I now require proof of commitment before accommodating.

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                                                                                                                                    lisahk RE: jlhinwa Mar 25, 2011 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                    Shin, or Teum Sae, or H-Mart ramen (Super-Hot) (or Sapporo w/ sri racha, in a pinch) with a handful of frozen shrimp thrown in, a couple of frozen pork dumplings, some sliced dduk, topped off with a lightly poached egg. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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                                                                                                                                      link_930 RE: lisahk Mar 25, 2011 11:26 AM

                                                                                                                                      Love, love, love teum sae, which replaced shin after 20+ years! Unfortunately, my HMart no longer carries it. How does the HMart ramyun compare to teum sae?

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                                                                                                                                        lisahk RE: link_930 Mar 25, 2011 11:33 AM

                                                                                                                                        Well IMO NOTHING is as spicy as Teum Sae, so I would say the Hmart is a fabulous, clean-tasting, quite hot version of hot Korean ramen. It's a little better than Shin, which says a lot.

                                                                                                                                  2. biondanonima RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    Anything with spinach, goat cheese, blue cheese or sweet potatoes, as these are things my husband abhors. I admit that I am often lazy when it's just me though - as often as not, I eat pork rinds with cream cheese and hot sauce instead of actually cooking!

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                                                                                                                                      link_930 RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 11:29 AM

                                                                                                                                      Don't have a family, but do have a roommate, and until lately, a boyfriend, for whom I cooked. On those rare nights when I don't have anything hanging over my head to get done, and no one is around, I like to have a huge bowl of rice with uni -- I'm talking about an entire wooden flat of uni -- and luxuriate in the rare and welcome peace.

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                                                                                                                                        rabaja RE: link_930 Mar 25, 2011 12:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        I have ALWAYS wanted to do that! I have a good friend who does indulge in uni over hot rice occasionally and it sounds so good.
                                                                                                                                        I always get it as "dessert" at the better sushi joints, but to have it fresh at home, over rice. So decadent and lovely. I don't think I could eat the whole flat though, and this always stops me from buying it.

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                                                                                                                                          link_930 RE: rabaja Mar 25, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                          rabaja -- do it! You can freeze what you don't eat and make a sauce out of the uni for pasta, which is also quite delicious!

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                                                                                                                                            rabaja RE: link_930 Mar 25, 2011 01:55 PM

                                                                                                                                            Ooooh, I was thinking pasta with the leftovers!
                                                                                                                                            And they freeze -good to know, for my cholesterols sake, anyway.
                                                                                                                                            Next time i'm in the city I'm gonna DO this!

                                                                                                                                      2. chef chicklet RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                        Lately I seem to do more experimenting with baked goods - bread, rolls, desserts, etc.

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                                                                                                                                          pine time RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 11:55 AM

                                                                                                                                          Any pasta dish--can't understand how someone can NOT love pasta, but Mr. Pine doesn't. Oh, add to that "stinky" cheeses. A plateful of pasta with feta , mizithra or gorgonzola plus a glass of red wine is my idea of heaven.

                                                                                                                                          1. shrimp13 RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                            Chicken Livers!

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                                                                                                                                              pinehurst RE: shrimp13 Mar 25, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                              I didn't read this post and yowza, they're on my list. NICE!

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                                                                                                                                                shrimp13 RE: pinehurst Mar 28, 2011 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                I'll be cooking some tonight!

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                                                                                                                                                  junescook RE: shrimp13 Mar 29, 2011 03:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Hey s13, what are your favorite ways of doing the chicken livers? We both like them but I make them so rarely I can't remember from one time to the next what I did that we really liked. I know that the last couple of times I made them I seasoned them with Montreal chicken seasoning, then coated with panko crumbs, sprayed with pam and baked in a hot oven for about 10 minutes; so a sort of shake and bake, and they came out good -- crunchy and tender inside. But I'd be interested in some suggestions.

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                                                                                                                                                    shrimp13 RE: junescook Mar 31, 2011 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                    I love 'em simple sauteed in oil with onions until nice and brown on the outside but barely done inside.

                                                                                                                                                    My mom used to make them in a sour cream sauce and serve on rice. I need to try that one of these days!

                                                                                                                                            2. SweetPhyl RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                              a Quesidilla with fresh spinach, mozarella, sautee'd mushrooms and feta cheese--nice glass of vino to go with it and anything with vinegar--he hates it and I'm addicted. A slab of stinky cheese and anything with saurkraut. What's so bad about salty/vinegary/tangy things anyway?

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                                                                                                                                                Whinerdiner RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                Depending on my mood, it's either a big pot of crabs or spaghetti with meat sauce.

                                                                                                                                                I can easily sit, crack crabs, and eat all night, and then have the leftovers cold for breakfast the next day. Husband and son love crabs as well, but usually it's because I do all the work for them. Nothing beats a solid stretch of alone time, where I can be self indulgent and keep all the jumbo crabs for myself.

                                                                                                                                                1. pinehurst RE: visciole Mar 25, 2011 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Usually highly flavored stuff, or stuff that my bland-food-loving H considers odd.
                                                                                                                                                  Sardines with hot sauce.
                                                                                                                                                  Scrambled eggs with anchovies.
                                                                                                                                                  Ditto the puttanesca.
                                                                                                                                                  Spaghetti w garlic and oil (heavy, heavy on the aglio)
                                                                                                                                                  Chicken hearts wrapped in bacon (I know, I know)
                                                                                                                                                  Salads with lots of stinky cheese
                                                                                                                                                  Olive sampler plates
                                                                                                                                                  Or I'll make tabouleh

                                                                                                                                                  Wish my H's food tastes were more like mine. Sigh.

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                                                                                                                                                    Harters RE: visciole Mar 26, 2011 06:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Usually things that she doesnt really like that much - so venison and east asian stuff. Or eggs, which she detests.

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                                                                                                                                                      magnolia RE: visciole Mar 29, 2011 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Lamb ribs chops--several--with garlic, sea salt, and mint jelly! Don't groan--it's a comfort thing.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Passadumkeg RE: visciole Mar 29, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Hey, while my wife is away, I still have class: a male 7 course meal! A hot dog and a six pack of beer!

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                                                                                                                                                          alliegator RE: Passadumkeg Mar 30, 2011 02:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                          thumbs up!

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                                                                                                                                                            deet13 RE: Passadumkeg Mar 30, 2011 07:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                            A seven course meal of grilled bratwurst and beer is a fine choice as well...

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                                                                                                                                                              Passadumkeg RE: deet13 Mar 30, 2011 08:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I'm the wurst too!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Phurstluv RE: visciole Mar 29, 2011 07:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                            When my DH has the boys on some weekend skiing/camping adventure, which is about the only time I get the house to myself, I do takeout!! I get sushi, which DH is not thrilled with, from our local joint, or I'll get some fried seafood, again b/c the DH is not a fan. Either that or pig out on fast food chinese, and watch bad movies on TV.

                                                                                                                                                            1. roxlet RE: visciole Mar 30, 2011 06:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Usually, pasta, and usually plain old marinara. Boring, but it makes me super happy.

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                                                                                                                                                                jamieeats RE: visciole Mar 30, 2011 05:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                eggs! i hate cooking meat for just one person. plus, my boyfriend does not consider eggs to be a satisfying dinner, but i don't think they make for a good breakfast. he has class on thursday nights so i make eggs for myself!

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                                                                                                                                                                  sunshine842 RE: jamieeats Mar 30, 2011 11:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Eggs make great dinner -- not just because I like 'em, but because eggs are a very complete protein that is also very digestible...we eat eggs a lot if we end up eating very late -- no heartburn and no indigestion.

                                                                                                                                                                2. TheHuntress RE: visciole Mar 31, 2011 01:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Seafood! Everything seafood! Mr. Huntress doesn't eat seafood, so as soon as I'm alone it's Belgian mussels, seafood paella, calamari, crayfish eaten straight out of the shell. I absolutely love any kind of seafood and miss not being able to cook it as often as I used to, so it turns into a real treat for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                    gembellina RE: visciole Mar 31, 2011 03:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Pasta! He's terrified of carbs, and doesn't see the point of aubergine, so a big plate of pasta with cherry tomatoes, chilli, garlic, aubergine, goats cheese, basil and peas. Though he's been away for 4 weeks now so I've had to cut down on the pasta indulgence...

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                                                                                                                                                                      yossarian22 RE: visciole Mar 31, 2011 07:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      some kind of seafood. usually crabcakes. maybe some kind of shrimp. and then i'll have some beer and turn on seinfeld.

                                                                                                                                                                      ahhh. sometimes its better to be alone.

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                                                                                                                                                                        yossarian22 RE: visciole Mar 31, 2011 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Oh and I forgot about quesadillas. That's my standard for when I'm not feeling up to something fancy. I love trying to use whatever ingredients I have around in the quesadilla.

                                                                                                                                                                        and it also goes perfectly with a beer.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. hypomyces RE: visciole Mar 31, 2011 08:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          I make my own kimchi, and I am the only one that eats it. Enough said.

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                                                                                                                                                                            Johnny L RE: visciole Apr 3, 2011 02:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Something horribly unhealthy, usually involving pork belly or loads of butter and eggs.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. ursy_ten RE: visciole Apr 8, 2011 02:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              I'm OD-ing on mushrooms right this very minute! Bliss!
                                                                                                                                                                              My sweetie loves them but gets horribly ill from them, so even though he says it's ok for me to, I can never bring myself to cook them when he's around.

                                                                                                                                                                              So tonight it's a creamy mushroom risotto. I love it!

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