Creative Quarantine Cooking

Have you been missing your favorite dishes at local eating establishments? Are you unsure what to eat? I am like most of you. In pre-Coronavirus days, I confess to being  lazy at times regarding cooking.  Life often sped at a frantic pace. Too often it left me finding short cuts to meals and frequent excuses for spending money eating out.  Now that we are all under quarantine, there is plenty of time to cook and plan meals. However, we may not find what we want on the grocery store shelves. Where is that pioneer spirit of our ancestors? They survived much worse than this.  We need to develop creative alternatives and substitutes in our cooking.

Here are a few ways that I have gotten creative with my cooking lately:

One day, I rummaged through my freezer and found some frozen chicken breasts.  I daydreamed about chicken dishes that I enjoy”ed” in dining establishments. What made them taste so good? Cheese and bacon! So, I made baked barbecue chicken. In the last 15 minutes or so, I layered cheddar cheese and bacon on top of the chicken.  Voila! It was a tasty new way of preparing chicken!

I longed for delicious salads like those at restaurants.  What made them so delicious, I questioned ? The dressing, of course! So again I began experimenting, with salad dressing. I started by adding different vinegars from my cupboards to Italian dressing. It has made my plain old salads much more scrumptious, I have discovered.

What about that sweet tooth? That is an easy one. I put a store bought chocolate chip cookie in a dish then zapped it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. I added a scoop of ice cream on top, using whatever I had on hand.  It began to melt so I took a bite while it was warm. It finished melting in my mouth. Delicious!

I think we are onto something. What are some successes that you have had with cooking experiments? You share yours and I will keep sharing mine as they come to me…

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