Stuck in the Kitchen – Reader’s Choice

I’m looking for idea on what to try and cook this week. I want it to be simple, but I want it to be a real cooking experience and not some Hamburger Helper nonsense. So today (Tuesday) only, I’m taking the first five suggestions from my readers, and letting you vote for what it will be on Wednesday. I’ll cook the meal Wednesday night, and give a full report.
The nominations are in!
They are:
Spaghetti with sauce and without stabbings – Tomato paste is for wussies. I like a good blood base.
Pasta – WTF is the difference between pesto and Carbona? I thought spaghetti was pasta!
Lasagna Chicken Piccatta – If I don’t know what it is, I’m disqualifying it. I have to know what the finished product normally looks like, otherwise how will I know if I succeeded or not?
Chicken Parmahoweveryouspellit – Definitely a chicken & pasta theme going on here…
Marinated Chicken Boob – This one sounds pretty simple, though I have no idea what “sautee” really means. I think it’s a fancy word for “cook.”
I don’t think I have a big enough daily reader base to ask for votes, because they would all just get one vote. So, in a dictator-like manner, I’m going to pick one and buy the ingredients this evening after work.
Spaghetti, pasta, cheese, chicken… there’s only only dish that immediately comes to my mind if I combine these, and that is Chicken Alfredo. So, tonight, I’m going to make Chicken Alfredo, and probably catch salmonella.

14 thoughts on “Stuck in the Kitchen – Reader’s Choice”

  1. lenfercestlesautres

    Ok, if you’re even afraid of cooking spaghetti with sauce, I suggest you do just that.
    Don’t buy the pre-spiced sauce stuff from the supermarket, just normal tomato sauce and spice it yourself. I can give you the details of the procedure if you need it. I hope you have onions in the house?

  2. lenfercestlesautres

    You’ll have to promise you won’t stab yourself again, ok?

    (ps – the word verification tells me “ohhhwhy”

  3. Pasta is a good one! Always easy and simple. You can also do a pesto pasta or a Carbonara one. Pesto is more healthier though, but you have to like the taste. Unfortunately – I just get the store bought sauce either from the health food store or the plain grocery store. Add chicken or shrimp with tomatoes its great! I have a recipe for that one too but only if you choose to make it.
    Which ever pasta you make – brown rice pasta is better and healthier (gluten free) – and tastes about the same as normal pasta.

    Then you would need salad to go with that…. ah the list is endless!
    Yum Yum! good luck!

  4. Hmm…after pondering a bit more, I’m revoking my lasagna vote & changing it to chicken piccatta. I’ll give you the recipe. It’s a real cooking experience & not all that difficult. I’ve cooked it before & we both know about me & cooking.

  5. Marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing or vinaigrette (I use Newman’s Own) for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Just dump them in a dish and pour the dressing on. Then sautee with olive oil. Simple and yummy.

  6. lenfercestlesautres

    The tomato sauce is just the beginning, Stuckey. You can put in there everything you want. Even chicken boobs, if you’re feeling manly.

    Then, pasta and pesto is not the same thing.

    “sauter” just means you make the meat jump around in your skillet. But basically, yes, it means you cook it.

  7. CapricornCringe

    len, if meat is jumping around in the pan, does that mean it’s not actually dead??? 😉

    Good luck, Stuck … remember to move your fingers out of the way when you’re chopping stuff!

  8. So, chicken alfredo…sounds yummy. Are you making the alfredo sauce from scratch? If so, and it turns out well, I want the recipe. BTW, the chicken piccata was Steve’s idea. He reminded me that it was simple enough for even me to cook it. 🙂

  9. Here’s my chicken piccata recipe.

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
    1/4 c all-purpose flour
    1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    Dash paprika
    1/4 butter or margarine, melted
    2 chicken bouillon cubes, dissolved in 1/2 cup boiling water

    Beat egg w/1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Combine flour, garlic powder & paprika. Dip chicken in egg mixture, then in flour. Brown both sides of chicken in butter. Add bouillon & 2 tablespoons lemon juice to chicken. Cover & simmer 20 minutes or until tender.

    –From Best of the Best from South Carolina Cookbook


  10. Spagetti – long thin form of noodles/pasta. ie. as opposed to those spiral pastas or shell or whatever shape of pasta you are looking for….

    Pesto – is a sauce. Mostly basil (thats a herb) and mixed with olive oil and pine nuts and sometimes parmasean cheese – sounds complicated – but this sauce can be bought at a grocery store already made. You can even use this sauce without pasta – slap it on chicken or salmon or shrimp – its all good, you can make many a simple meal with it!

    Carbonara – a sauce – parmasean cheese, eggs, milk, with parsley and bacon bits.

    You probably already cooked your Alfredo by now – hope the chicken wasnt pink 😉 ….

  11. Virginia Belle

    OMG I can’t wait until i get to the stabbing post.

    this is very entertaining, Stuckey.

    now you know how girls feel when stuff is broken and they have NO FREAKING idea how to fix it.

    my new project is to teach you how to cook. i guess it came so naturally to me that i never thought people would have so much trouble with it. i have been cooking for as long as i can remember.

    trips to the emergency room should NEVER be involved if you are trying to feed yourself. WOW.

    p.s. i have seen chicken picatta recipes which have a tomato-based sauce before. however, the one posted here is the most common version. it’s pretty good.

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