You know who you are. Every day I thank you for forgiving me. Every day I think about how standing on your lawn watching the flames fly out of your convection oven was the worst day of my life. Honestly, I’ve been afraid to cook since. Especially anything that requires broiling. Especially when there are other people or animals in the house.
But after a week back-to-school, with King Phekus and I too drained to cook for the family, I decided I need to buck up. So, I chose three recipes and prepared them so that I have multiple meals in the freezer to choose from when I just don’t feel like cooking.
First up was my own take on Rachel Ray’s Mac and Cheese Dog Casserole found here. I substituted soy milk for the milk and chicken broth for the beer (I only had Thirsty Dog’s Old Leghumper on hand and I wasn’t sure how a coffee-tasting porter would taste in mac and cheese).
It was a hit. My two-year-old who has refused hot dogs for months gobbled them up. My husband went to town on a bowl. Next time though I think I would either add more spicy mustard or some Slap Ya Momma. King Phekus thought maybe some Grey Poupon would give it some zing.
I froze it before sprinkling on the top cheese layer and browning it under the broiler, thinking this could be done once
it was reheated later.
Next up on my list was some Tex-Mex Burritos found here. I stuck fairly close to the recipe, but since I could not find beans in tomato sauce, I threw some salsa into the food processor with the beans to make it myself. I also left out the cumin because I didn’t have it on hand.
It didn’t take King Phekus long to find these cooling on the table, waiting to be wrapped for the freezer. Between his stolen bites, all I heard was “This is a good burrito!”. I think pan searing them really elevated the taste.
The third recipe was my husband’s favorite. Pinned today by Randi of Dukes and Duchesses from the blog Lick the Bowl Good, it looked too good not to try. And it was. We’ll call them Pizza Quiche bites. King Phekus was calling them Quich-zas. Either way, the one I snatched off the plate before they were frozen was AWESOME. I substituted soy milk for the whole milk again, and chose to include the red pepper flakes. When freezing, I wrapped these in sets of 5 for easy meals. Serve with pizza sauce and you have dinner!
Note: I did not start a fire when cooking these recipes.
Note: I did eyeball the fire extinguisher during my cooking routine.
Note: I am still grateful to the certain someone whose house I set on fire and I realize I still have some debts to pay.