Sunday, December 01, 2013

What? Me cook?

I know we have some wonderful cooks out here. I am not one of you. But for those who are do you have any easy, let me repeat that EASY vegetarian recipe I could use for Christmas when Colin is here? I’ll be serving meat too, but I want to make something special for him. He’s not vegan, but no meat at all.

I always read the recipe you post, the one Cat has today for eggnog was the one that got me thinking about this, but my true feelings about cooking in general can is best expressed this way.

Written by PK at 8:26 AM



At 9:05 AM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

LOL! I love that! I have tons of vegetarian recipes. However I usually just read recipes then I will look in my books since I am not exactly a cook who follows the guidelines.

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Anastasia Vitsky said...

LOL. Good picture. Minelle is the vegetarian queen. She can't follow rules, though, so she'll probably explain it like this:

I add enough water to fill my pot 3/4 full unless my big one is being used, and then I use my other one.
Then I add whatever vegetable is in my fridge. Maybe some onion. You'll know when it's enough.
Then I put in a bunch more things, and it's delicious!

Seriously. I tried to follow a Minelle recipe once.

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Leigh Smith aka Sunny Girl said...

I used to cook and I like cooking but anymore if it has more than 5 steps or 5 ingredients, I use your sign. I never followed a recipe that I didn't change somewhere along the line.

Linquine with Clam Sauce

very large can of clams - drain reserving some juice. Saute garlic in butter or olive oil, add reserved clam juice, 1/2 & 1/2, clams. Warm til blended. Serve over linguine, add sprinkles of parsley and grated parm cheese.

Quick, easy, 5 ingredients and delish.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

You forgot to say I tell you to add certain spices! That is IMPORTANT!!

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

I am with you sunny about Changing the recipe!!

At 12:12 PM, Blogger Katie said...

LOL I love your sign, PK! :) What about something like eggplant parm- layered like lasagna or something? If that interests you, let me know. It could be a side, but also a main. Rob has a recipe that he uses, though like Minelle cooks- he wings it! It is yummy! I'll get him to dictate if you want.

I cooked for years, but Rob LOVES to cook. He is creative and I just follow recipes exactly pretty much. Yeah I like order. LOL! I mostly just sit back and enjoy the food these days. :) Many hugs,

<3 Katie

At 12:35 PM, Blogger Ami Starsong said...

Sending you two recipes - both very easy - and two starters as well.

Starters: Roasted Red Peppers stuffed with tomatoes and garlic, served with Quick Cheese, Sage and Onion Bread

Terrine of Four Cheeses, served with Spiced Apricot and Orange Chutney and Warm Walnut and Raisin Bread

Main Courses: Caramelised Cheese and Onion Tartlets with Cranberry and Orange Relish, served with Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing

Cheese and Parsnip Roulade with Sage and Onion Stuffing, served with Bread Sauce or Cranberry and Orange Relish

Believe me, these are all very easy - the instructions are easy to follow and they look very spectacular. You can also just do the main recipe in each case, and add your own accompaniments if you wish.

I'll email them to you.


At 3:11 PM, Blogger Cat said...

Love the sign PK...I do feel that way about some recipes I read.

Before I go sending any recipes, I have a few questions for you:
1. Is this for a sit down dinner or buffet?
2. What style of meal are you serving? For example: not sure you really would want Italian if the rest of the meal is southern.
3. Does Colin eat seafood?
4. Does Colin have a favorite veggie?
5. How many people are you planning to serve? Even if it is for Colin, you want enough for everyone. ;)

I do believe Ami is the best cook in the group so her recipes are wonderful but if you want some more recipes, just let me know the answer to the above questions and I will get some in the mail.
Many of my recipes are ones I have thrown together but when I have to write them out for the boys or other family members, I have to sorta measure everything. Also, it may look like more steps to some of mine but I break all steps down to one action each.

Hugs and Blessings...

At 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter in law is vegan also. Usually what I do, Is when I make stuffing I make a little on the side that does not have turkey juices, or meat in it, I make 3 or 4 veggies instead of just 1 or 2 and I go to the organic section of grocery store, and get a vegan ham, or turkey loaf that I make just for her. Then she is still having most of what everyone else is. No muss no fuss. Nothing hard. The loaf or ham can be put in the oven along with the other stuff your making.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

also, to add to above, this way She also doesn't feel like she caused extra trouble or anything, and you don't have different food that others may not like. Hope it helps.


At 4:32 PM, Blogger Es May said...

I love this banana bread, it's no grain, and it takes five minutes to make aside from baking.

I also love to make a soup with a bag of baby carrots, 6-8 lengths of celery chopped, one turnip cubed, with a box and a half to two boxes of broth. Then I add tbsp of marjoram, tbsp of Thyme, 2 tbsp of ground pepper, and tbsp of Rosemary. Then I just let it boil on low until the carrots and turnip are soft. It keeps well in the fridge for at least a week.

Not sure either of those will help, but thought I'd offer up some choices, and I find those are two no fail recipes.

{{{hugs}}} EsMay

At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Sammy said...

My two sisters, brother-in-law, and cousin are all vegetarians so I know what it's like. Try this vegetarian stuffing (you can use veggie bouillon instead of chicken broth): Adding some dried cranberries adds a nice touch.

Sweet potato casserole/mashed sweet potatoes with a brown sugar and pecan topping are always a hit with my family. Of course, regular mashed potatoes are good too. Sub regular gravy with mushroom gravy. You can find packets at the grocery store.

There is such a thing as "tofurkey", which is basically faux turkey. It's generally made from tofu. You can usually purchase it ready-made and then just oven roast/bake it.

Of course, there are lots of veggies you can prepare - green beans, beets, corn, salad, whatever you like. Tofurkey, veggie stuffing, sweet/regular mashed potatoes, assorted veggies and some fresh rolls should give him lots of options. :)

At 7:30 PM, Blogger PK said...

Oh my, I don't mind following a recipe, it's the ability I'm lacking.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger PK said...

Geeze, she sounds like my MIL - best cook in the world, but never does exactly the same thing twice.

At 7:36 PM, Blogger PK said...

Now this one sounds like I could possibly manage it, but I'm guessing Colin doesn't eat clams. I might try this one for us. Of course, Nick might faint dead away.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger PK said...

Nick does our cooking around here about 90% of the time. That's way fine by me! Thank goodness Mollie's a pretty good cook too. But our kitchen is tiny and after she cooks it's like a hurricane hit.

I'd love the recipe if it's truly easy, otherwise...

At 7:45 PM, Blogger PK said...

Oh Ami! You have vastly underestimated my inability to cook. I have trouble with - open can, pour into sauce pan, heat. But I'll let Mollie look at these and see what she thinks. Wish you were closer - I'd hire you.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger PK said...

I'll get all these answers and I'll be in touch. LJ is calling soon.

At 8:29 PM, Blogger Minelle Labraun said...

Yep that is me!

At 9:19 PM, Blogger PK said...

Those are some good ideas. I can make plain veggie - although I usually season with meat, I can restrain myself. We live in a pretty small town, but I'll start looking around to see if anyone carries vegan ham or turkey.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger PK said...

I might could handle these, thanks. I'm getting some great ideas here.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger PK said...

Sammy, it does and I thank you. Talked to LJ tonight and he said that for Thanksgiving their friend thought she was getting tofurkey but it turned out to be plain tofu shaped like a turkey - really bad they said, LOL! I'm trying to be a good MIL, but this is a little tough.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Cat said...

Hey PK...No matter what you decide to make, just a few things to keep in mind...most of the tofurkey and tofam are nothing but shaped tofu which is flavorless. Most of the 'vegetarian' food in the grocery store is sorta like the 'McDonalds' of vegetarian. Some of the vegetarian food is heavy on wheat/gluten to hold it together so you need to make sure that Colin isn't gluten intolerant or gluten sensitive.

If it would help you to talk, email me.

Hugs and Blessings...

At 10:30 PM, Blogger Terpsichore said... too me too! Ami, please share...these look delicous... of course I have more recipes in my "I want to try" list than I can possibly ever cook...but someday... :-)

At 10:39 PM, Blogger Terpsichore said...

I like Cat's questions....but for now some quick ideas
-soup...some sort of vegetable soup or I have a butternut squash and apple soup we really like
-veggie and bean chili
-stuffed peppers with rice, tomatoes, and cheese, and spices
-mini egg frittatas
-vegetable stir fry over rice
-broccolli and grape salad with almonds
-twice baked potatoes (with brocolli, cheese, ranch dressing...)

let me know and I can email... :-) all are pretty simple

At 10:42 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Cat,
I may email. I think I'm going to try to go more with real veggies, maybe some mushrooms. I'm going to talk with LJ and Colin. Colin is super and knows I'm trying - I think that means a lot to him.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger PK said...

Terps, we'll be talking. I know Colin love cheese and LJ says stuffed anything is right up his alley.

At 2:16 AM, Blogger Roz said...

LoL PK, sorry, I'm not much help to you. That pic just about sums it up for me too LoL. Glad to see you have some great ideas above though.


At 2:58 AM, Blogger ronnie said...


Not much help on the vegetarian front. Ami's recipes sound great or you could go to a deli (if you have one near) and buy something but I know to make is yourself would be special.


At 7:26 AM, Blogger Paul said...

it's useful to be able to cook, but I don't much these days.
Love and warm hugs,

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Blondie said...

I have some yummy recipes I will send you. I am not a cook either but these recipes are easy to make.

At 2:32 PM, Blogger Julia said...

Lol, I love the picture! I usually just read over a recipe for inspiration and then do my own thing anyway...

At 3:48 PM, Blogger George K said...

PK, Hi. I am a pescatarian (I eat some fish) and I enjoy cooking. I emailed you a really great vegetarian dish that I have made a couple of times. It was well received by my vegetarian diners as well as the carnivore's! I promise you it is a winner!

You know, I just thought, here is am sharing recipes....everyone may begin wondering if I really am a guy. LOL Oh well, I am too old to worry about that! I like what I like and I am what I am!

Hugs and Blessings,

At 4:49 PM, Blogger PK said...

It really helps to know I'm not the only one out here who thinks a spatula is only for fun!

At 4:50 PM, Blogger PK said...

Colin knows I love him, if I find something good at a deli I might go got it.

At 4:51 PM, Blogger PK said...

Boy I don't either!

At 4:51 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks Blondie,
I'll take anything easy!

At 4:52 PM, Blogger PK said...

I usually just read a recipe and then tell Nick I'm hungry!

At 5:04 PM, Blogger PK said...

Thanks George,
I'm going to give some of these a try for sure. Isn't that the best thing about getting older, we're don't have to worry what people think.


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