questionswhat could i have added to make this dinner…

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I ran out of bacon while I was making lunch today. I made bacon sandwiches, using a charred bacon crust and a maple bacon dressing. The drink served with that was bacon grease.

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My bad...bacon just seemed to be a theme all of a sudden on DW. I think that what you made sounds delicious. As long as you and Brian enjoyed it, that's what counts.

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It may have gone well with some garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread.

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i really like epicurious.com and allrecipes.com for cooking ideas, also i think food.com is similar to those. you can type in what ingredients you have and it'll return recipes that work with those main materials

http://allrecipes.com/Search/Ingredients.aspx
http://www.epicurious.com/tools/searchresults

the epicurious app is free for tablets :) you mentioned you were considering the Touchpad. a $99 tablet is great for propping up on the kitchen counter. the Sony Dash or Chumby also

for color, sprinkle some dry parsley on top of the finished product. or coat with some tomato sauce while cooking, like the chicken

for a flavor kick, sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. or red pepper flakes

while boiling pasta, i add salt "to taste" meaning i taste the water before it starts boiling. if the water tastes good, not salty or bland, then the pasta will be delish even before adding sauces. a bit of oil if the pasta will sit around after being drained, since it tends to dry stuck together

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@w00tgurl: I added salt to taste as well, forgot to mention it. As for the touchpad, I'm getting the Amazon Tablet when it gets released. Announcement is coming tomorrow for it.

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* Tossed salad
* Sliced tomatoes, sprinkled with just a bit of parmesan, olive oil, and fresh basil (no dried, if you don't have fresh, no worries, and no basil)
* Broccoli (Yes, I saw you'd suggested broccoli)
* String beans, with slivered almonds.
* Sliced cucumbers, or radishes, or carrots

The slivered almonds should go in when the string beans are cooked and ready to serve. Just a few, don't overdo it.

You can make quick refrigerator pickles with cucumbers, sliced onions, a jar with a tight fitting lid, and some white vinegar. Slice and layer cucumbers and onion, cutting the slices in half (so that they look like half moons). Make about 1/3 onions to 2/3 cucumbers. You may also add a few cloves of garlic, if you are fond of raw garlic.

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I suggest watching Anthony Bourdain. A chef who now travels the world and reports on all kinds of food delights. Funny and irreverent. He's also easy on the eyes.

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@holymythos: I had a luxurious meal consisting of a Subway sandwich and yogurt parfait this evening. If you're gonna post stuff like this you'd better invite me over next time to make up for rubbing my nose in the deliciousness! :)

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Look Up "Sorted" On YouTube Super Easy Stuff... I Would Eat It :D

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@chris12345: i wonder what the PM says. you can tell us, you're among friends :) *whistle*

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When you cook pasta, you really don't want to add anything to the water except for salt. Salt will make the pasta taste better (even ravioli). You don't add a lot - between a tsp and a tbsp (3 tsp) if you are using a giant pot of water. Then once your pasta is done cooking and you have drained the water, it is a good idea to cook the sauce with the drained pasta for a few minutes (2-3 minutes, not long) to allow the pasta to "absorb" or "breathe in" the sauce. It makes a big difference on regular pasta like spaghetti or ziti.

Beyond that, a lot of the above suggestions are good - salad is excellent. You can add tomato sauce in small amounts to your alfredo sauce to turn it into a pink sauce. You can add chopped tomatoes to the sauce itself, too. You could add grated cheese and fresh black pepper.

One of my favorite sites, though British, for easy stuff is http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/favourites/quick/

Most stuff is understandable, and the recipes are good and simple.

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Oh! My favorite cookbook series for people (like me) who get overwhelmed with cooking and don't know what to do is the "Cooking from Above" and the "My Cooking Class" series. They are broken down into Classics, Vegetables, Steaming, Sauce, Asian, Italian and the photos are amazing and the recipes are EASY to follow and really, really good. I have the Asian one and I can now make my top 5 asian dishes and so can my boyfriend who didn't cook before 3 weeks ago.

Just search Amazon for "Cooking from Above" and buy them used or cheaply in the Marketplace. The "My Cooking Class" ones are on the "Customers who bought this item" link below any of the "Cooking from Above" books if you scroll to the right. They all match each other in design so you'll know you've got the right books by the covers.

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@chris12345: Replied :)

@w00tgurl: It's a question about a couple of my old questions, not something scandalous :P

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Garlic breaaaaaaaaaaad

(w/bacon salt)

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@holymythos: Please give simplyrecipes.com a try. I highly recommend it. Elise lays out a recipe in simple terms and I guarantee you will have delicious results. I like the site so much I have subscribed to it. It's ones of the widgets on my google page. One of the best parts is her comments section. You'll find questions asked & answered and recipe variations.

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Not enough veggies or salad for a complete meal in my book, but souonds great none-the-less.

The important thing about cooking is to keep at it. I've been doing it for 42+ years and frequently just wing it, but I still read recipes and try to learn new things when I spend some time.

When I'm making something new, or something that wasn't quite right the last time, I head over to sites like allrecipes.com and read four or five recipes for the dish and merge them into one. Also, on allrecipes, be sure to read the comments (so many of them start "I loved this recipe; it was perfect." And then go on to state, "oh, I added more blah, thought it would be terrible with that much blah-blah, so cut it by half, and didn't use the other stuff, because my kids don't like it.")

Learn what you and Brian (sounds like a lucky guy, btw) like and lean towards those flavors and styles. But DO NOT forget to experiment and try new things. Variety is the spice of life.

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grilled or sauteed (sp) asparagus

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@ndcouch: I came here to say grilled asparagus and saw that someone already has good taste. :)

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With the right item from O'Cheri my wife could burn everything and I wouldn't notice...

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@holymythos: I have been thinking about this since your 1st question. I am getting rid of some cookbooks, including this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Absolute-Beginners-Cookbook-Long-3-Minute/dp/0517221705/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317253249&sr=8-1
PM me if you are interested, and we will figure out how to get them to you. Sounds like you are doing great, so far. BTW, try some homemade Alfredo, it's very easy, and so much better.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/alfredo-sauce-2/detail.aspx