My mother-in-law is coming to visit for a few days on Friday before bringing the kids back to Puerto Rico for a week+ visit.
I have been cooking just for the kids for so long that I don't know what to make for a world-traveling, sharp old lady (in her 80's... somewhere.) She is going to take us out to dinner one night, so I will need to plan dinner for two nights. I can handle breakfast and lunch.
She doesn't like pasta, if I recall correctly, and my grill is out of commission. Oh, and I think she has her own teeth, so denture-friendly is not an issue, as far as I know. No food allergies or restrictions of which I am aware.
Any ideas? It would also be nice if it didn't break the piggy bank.
Is it too hot to turn the oven on? I like the idea of coq au vin, too. I serve it with buttered egg noodles. And it's cheap because you can use thighs.
Have I ever posted my lemon chicken recipe here?
Get the thin sliced chicken breast (Foster farms sells it this way)
rinse chicken and dip in egg wash, then dredge in progresso breadcrumbs.
Fry in enough canola oil to cover the bottom of a nonstick pan until golden on one side, then flip - after flipped, squeeze a half a lemon over the whole thing and brown on the other side until cooked through.
I like to serve it with a green salad with blue cheese, canied pecans, and home made vinagrette, and roasted potatoes. SO good and easy.
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One meal, crock pot that beef roast (as long as it's chuck - if not, forget that) with some carrots, onions and potatoes. Serve with crusty bread for dipping jus. Done and done. What cut is it, anyway?
For the easy/quick, do something you can make partially make ahead, or at least do all the prep work before you pick her up - even the night before. Pre-assemble some chicken quesadillas (you can use a store-bought rotisserie bird for this). When you get her to your house, boil some water and make a pot of rice, season some black beans w/ cumin, chili powder, garlic, onion and heat those up. Toss quesadillas in hot pan to crisp and serve w/ salsa, chips, lime, sour cream, chili peppers, whatever you like. Easy peasy.
If she's latina and you don't want to make her style of food, go with the roasted chicken (butterfly and season it the night before - so it cooks faster), boil some whole red potatoes and smash with butter/salt/pepper/sour cream. Steam some carrots in a tiny bit of water, remove lid, add a dash of sugar, butter, pepper, salt and let water evaporate. It's really quick and easy as long as all you have to do to chicken is throw it in oven when you get home. I like to stuff cilantro stems and lime zest mixed with minced garlic and olive oil under skin.
You know what is super easy? Indonesian chicken. You take a bunch of chicken thighs. And you make a marinade of 1 cup honey, 3/4 cup of soy sauce, 1/2 cup ginger, and minced garlic cloves (like 10). Cook the marinade in a small sauce pot until the honey melts. Put the chicken skin side down and dump the marinade over it. Cover tight and refrigerate overnight.
Next evening, uncover and put it in the oven at 350 for 30 mins. Then flip the chicken and cook at 375 for 30 mins. Have rice with it and a salad. DONE!
OMG people! After repeated attempts to ask STBX what kind of foods she likes to eat over the past 48 hours, he finally texts back (after I decided what to make and did my grocery shopping) "she likes pasta"
WHAT?! I text back, "WHAT?!?! I thought that was the one food she DIDN'T like?!"
He texts "IDK call her, we never eat together."
Um, hello. You live in her home, scot-free. She is over 80 years old.
"Don't you cook for her?" I mean, it's the least he could do, right?
"I work evenings." Must be working for free.
WHATEVER. I am sticking with my original game plan. I have half a mind to suggest she sell her house and come live with us. She never would, of course -- she has an active social life in PR and three other (non-loser)sons who could provide much more comfortable accommodations.
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PS - Thanks for the bread tip, Appy! How hot of an oven, and for how long?
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This message has been edited by Lizzlee on Jul 26, 2012 9:43 PM
It's not. They put it in the holey bag to keep it from steaming while it's still hot. They have non-holey bags behind the counter that they never offer you, for some reason, so you keep it in the grocery bag itself after it's cooled and it doesn't go stale if you're waiting a day or so to eat it.
Source: I spend a lot of time in stupid grocery stores.
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