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    Outsourcing the Cooking

    I know this runs counter to the spirit of you DIYers. I used to earnestly prepare my own dinner too. You either wind up eating the same food all the time or scrambling to find something different for your two or three meals a day. (The ones during the day were outsourced to the professionals.) All this driving to restaurants or to the markets to buy ingredients and the cooking really wore me down. Then one day I found the magical solution. [This sounds like a testimonial for some infomercial hot air rotisserie roaster or something.]

    The secret I found was eating at a tasty buffet once a day! No other meals! Every big city should have at least two or three big AYCE buffets within a few miles.

    Try it out, let me know how you like it. ;-)

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    Re: Outsourcing the Cooking

    <img src=/S/puke.gif border=0 alt=puke width=60 height=15>

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> We have a slew of 'Hometown Buffet' restaurants around here, but I find the food to be merely satisfactory, and seriously lacking in flavor! Besides, at $7.99 per person, I can nearly feed my entire family for a week on one 'Hometown' bill.

    If you're that frustrated with cooking, running to the grocer, etc.. Perhaps more planning is a better way to go? List your meals out in advance, and only go to the store when you're not hungry, say once or twice a week. Pick up all you need, and you're good to go! (Remembering to defrost that chicken the night before is very helpful too!)

    Here's a sample list I might put together for the store, along with some basic recipes I might use:

    Monday: Spaghetti
    Ground Turkey
    Spaghetti Noodles
    Spaghetti Sauce
    French Bread

    Make sure you have:
    Garlic Powder
    Butter or Margarine

    Preparation: Place large pot of water on to boil. Season and brown Turkey meat. Drain. lightly salt boiling water, add 1 tblsp of margarine/butter to boiling water. (slight oil content keeps noodles from sticking) Add noodles to boiling water. Add spaghetti sauce to ground meat, mix well over medium heat, stirring often. Slice and spread butter on French Bread. Place on cookie sheet & sprinkle with Garlic Powder. Broil on high 1-3 minutes or until golden brown. Strain Spaghetti Noodles.

    Service: Place heap of spaghetti noodles in center of dinner plate. Scoop spaghetti sauce and ground meat over noodles. Place garlic bread along side spaghetti, serve hot.

    Tuesday: Fajitas
    Chicken Breast Fillets
    Avacadoes
    Sour Cream
    Cheddar Cheese
    Tortillas
    Spanish Rice (Box Mix)

    Make sure you have
    Salsa of Choice
    Chili Powder
    paprika
    Cumin
    Garlic Powder
    Butter or Margarine

    Prepare Spanish Rice Mixture. Slice Breast fillets width-wise for small lengthy chicken peices. Place 1 tblsp butter or margarine in hot skillet, stirring until melted. Place chicken into skillet, season with salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. Fry till chicken peices are golden/rust in color. While frying, half avacadoes and remove pit. scoop avacado into medium sized bowl. Stir chicken. Add 1 part sour cream for every 2.5 parts Avacado. Add same amount of Salsa. Using fork, mash avacado, mixing well. Taste, add salt, pepper, sour cream or salsa to taste. (Guacamole, <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>) Stir Chicken. Grate Cheese, Warm Tortillas.

    Preparation: Over warmed tortilla, place Fajita contents in order: Chicken, Guacamole, Sour Cream, Cheese. Fold in half and place on plate. Scoop Spanish Rice on side. Serve hot.

    Wednesday: Turkburgers
    Ground Turkey
    Dill Pickles
    Sliced Cheese
    French Fries (or Tater Tots)
    Tomatoes
    Lettuce
    Onions

    Make sure you have:
    Chili Powder
    Cumin
    Ground Pepper
    Salt
    Catsup
    Mustard
    Vegetable Oil

    Preparation: Mix turkey meat with chili powder, cumin, Salt & pepper. Form into medium sized patties. Follow instructions for French-Fry Preparation. Place patties on hot skillet, cook throughly. (Medium Rare NOT recommended.) Broil Turkburger buns on high heat .5-2minutes until golden brown.

    Service: Place bun on plate, open, toasted side up. Place Turkburger patty on bottom side of bun, immediately cover with cheese. Pickle, Tomato, Lettuce & Onion should be placed on the side of the burger. Add Fries, Serve Hot.

    Thursday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Soup

    Sliced Bread
    Sliced Cheese
    Choice of Canned Soup

    Make sure you have:
    Butter or Margarine

    Preparation: Heat soup in sauce pan until hot. Butter both sides of two slices sandwich bread. Fry sandwich bread until golden brown on one side. Place cheese on browned side, place second browned slice on top. Flip until both sides are golden brown.

    Service: Place soup in bowl. Slice sandwiches diagonally and place alongside soup. serve hot.

    Friday: Teriyaki Orange Chicken over Steamed Rice

    Teriyaki Sauce
    Boneless, Skinless Chicken Meat (Breasts or Thighs)
    Oranges
    White Rice

    Make sure you have:
    Soy Sauce
    Butter or Margarine

    Preparation: Place 1 part rice to 2 parts water in sauce pan. Start to boil. When boiling, stir rice & reduce heat. Cover. (DO NOT REMOVE COVER, STEAM COOKS RICE) after 15/20 minutes, rice will be ready. Slice chicken into small strips. Season with salt & pepper and fry in hot skillet. Drain & cover with teriyaki sauce. Roll oranges, applying pressure to maximize juice content, then slice oranges in half, remove any visible seeds, and squeeze juice into chicken mixture. Taste & Season appropriately.

    Service: Place rice in center of dinner place. Scoop chicken over rice. Add light drizzel Soy Sauce. (optional)

    Saturday: Dine Out, after a week of cooking, you've earned it!

    Sunday: Leftovers!

    Another tip for grocery shopping, organize your items according the store layout, meats in one section of your list, canned goods in another, etc. This cuts down on your shopping time as you are systematically going through the store, and are less likely to grab whatever impulse junk they throw your way.
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    Re: Outsourcing the Cooking

    In Australia, some of the licenced clubs provide excellent value and a good feed. Gambling subsidises to food. One local club has a choice of roasts on Sunday (with salad bar or roast vegetables) for $US 1.50

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    Re: Outsourcing the Cooking

    I think I rather switch! Fortunately we are still (mostly) free of the fast food regime that is so common in N. America. We do have a McDo (as they call it) a couple of kms away. MacDrive is usually filled with minivans full of small people, but that's OK 'cause it keeps them out of the local bistros. In the 'local' there are usually more dogs than kids, but the dogs are always better behaved. If you care to have a look, check out this report on slow food. No Contest.

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    Re: Outsourcing the Cooking

    Do they have carry-out??? If yes, please send me dinner for two.

    IOU $3.00 (US) <img src=/S/burga.gif border=0 alt=burga width=40 height=15> <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17>

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