Friday, August 05, 2005

Recipe for Disaster

I consider myself a utilitarian cook. What I cook is edible, but not memorable. And since I’m a huge food fan, I’ve always wished I was a chef. I dream of owning the perfect recipe book that solves all my meal preparation problems. I do have a couple books but most of the recipes seem impossible. There are three things that rule out a recipe for me. The first is time – I try not to spend more than a half hour cooking dinner. The second is amount of ingredients – if there are more than a handful of ingredients it seems too much of a bother. And the third is the kind of ingredients – if it’s got cheese in it Mark won’t eat it and I’m funny about a handful meat types. But occasionally I’ll make something that I think turns out okay and then I’ll make it a million times until I never want to eat it again. I definitely know how to beat a dead horse (though I certainly wouldn’t eat one.)

So as I mentioned yesterday my cousin and her husband are coming to dinner next Saturday. At the moment I’m planning on making a fruit and gorgonzola mixed green salad, chicken cutlets with a lime sauce, curried braised cauliflower and egg noodles in a spicy sesame sauce. The meals got a kind of Thai theme and sounds fancy but may turn out to be as bland as dirt because I’ve never used any of the recipes before – which is why I’m doing a dry run for dinner tomorrow night. I’ll let you know how it goes.

The rest of the weekend plans consist of cleaning, organizing, baby proofing – all the stuff we put off every weekend. And hopefully a visit from Ms. Tracey.

But my question to you folks is are you good at dinner parties? What do you make? Do you have any signature recipes? Can you hook a sistah up? That is if they aren’t too complex for my very limited cooking ability.

8 comments:

patrice said...

some of the best dinner dishes I've eaten are from my two friends - jen oliver, and nicole eggerts. nicole might be able to help you out. ha ha.

simple always seems better to me. I'm like you - I don't want to cook anything complicated. but I also don't want to eat anything complicated. I just modified a jen o recipe for asparagus and sean thought I was a culinary genius. but that's not a main course.

what you suggested sounds really good. so good that I hope to either be your guinea pig or that you'll invite me to a fancy schmancy dinner sometime.

I know you worry alot about your hosting/cooking abilities, but please know that I have always been supremely impressed by those traits of yours. not that this helps you right now.

Katy said...

Some of the best/only meals I've ever cooked have been out of betty crockers one dish meals. It's goooooood. And easy. And fast. Ha ha, fast and easy, that's a good thing in cooking. Anyway, I know you can find it on Amazon.com or like anywhere. I'm sure you'll do great. Turn on Food Network and let your imagination run wild!

KATIEmagic said...

Oooh, dry run cooking eh. I'm afraid I'm too lazy and would just order in. Good Luck!!

Kelly said...

I suck at dinner parties. Wish I could help more. Ask me about babies!

Brownidegirl74 said...

You are much better than me! Every now and then I will experiment with a recipe from Food Network. I am a FN junkie. Rachel Ray has some great looking food and it's suppose to be done in 30 min (for those that know what's going on). I have a cookbook of hers, but have never tried it.....yet. Good Luck, I am sure you will be fine. Do tell us how it goes. It sounds delicious!

M.Thom said...

Look into some Rachael Ray stuff. Those 30-minute meals of hers are amazing AND easy!

M.Thom said...

Also, all those recipes that you are planning on are much fancier than anything I ever cook!

patrice said...

well? whatdya cook?