Here is the greatest thing I ever cooked: You take a couple of pounds of fresh swordfish, cube it and marinate it (Penzy’s Greek Seasoning a little mild vinegar (or water) a little lemon juice and a decent amount of olive oil) in the fridge overnight. Skewer with chunks of Onion and Green Pepper. Cook over a hot fire (pref lump charcoal). Duration is based on the size of your fish cubes but is not long. 5-10 is usually more than enough. Allow searing but keep them moving enough to keep the veggies from burning to much. It doesn’t need much of a side. Some rice, french fries, or pita bread will do.
You can substitute Shark or even Salmon. In a pinch you can use State Fair Spiedie Sauce as marinade.
My favorite recipe site is Budget Bytes. I cook several things from Beth’s recipes. Her Italian Wonderpot recipes are great, as is the sun dried tomato pasta. My favorite tho, is the Vegan Winter Lentil Stew. https://www.budgetbytes.com/vegan-winter-lentil-stew/ It’s soo good. A very different flavor profile, and cheap and easy. I will probably be making some of her cucumber salad next week.
I grill all year round but mostly in the summer. My house is small so I try not to heat it up by cooking Especially cuz my husband works in a 100* warehouse. I also use pressure cooker-not the goofy insta post-game crock pot. I make what I call “gravy dinners” during winter. I get alot of requests for my Fiesta chicken. Crock pot, can black bean, can corn, 3 cans petite diced tomatoes 2lbs chicken tenders, McCormick Fiesta Chicken Flavor pack. I add alot of other seasoning but to each his own. Cook on low about 3.5hrs. Take chicken out. Shredded it put it back. Eat it with a fork, as nachos, as a dip, on a salad, in tacor shell or flour/corn tortilla. VERY VERSATILE!!! My friends, neighbors, parents, daughter & her friends ask me to make it every other week! Can be eaten over rice also!
I’m both. I look for new recipes because I’ve been cooking the same old stuff for 50 years. On the other hand, so many of the recipes I look at are really close to the stuff I’ve been cooking for 50 years.
I do both to. I’ll try new things when I have time and when I’m in a rush I cook my tried and true favorites but sometimes a also experiment with new stuff too if I don’t like what’s in it. I made a pasta salad last weekend that was really good with just the dressing and then threw in what I wanted for vegetables and such.
When you grow up in a restaurant, cooking is second nature. Quick dinner: Saute 1/2 an onion in olive oil, add a couple of crushed garlic cloves, a few fresh basil leaves. Cook a chicken breast (cut in half lengthwise and flattened, salt and pepper to taste) in mixture until browned well on both sides. Serve over your favorite pasta with a salad on the side & Pinot Grigio.
I used to cook more than I do now as DHS takes a dim view of not cooking meals for your child. My kid came to me with cooking skills and liked to cook. I did not like the amount of cayenne pepper she’d put on things though. This kid also ate jalapeno peppers like they were candy and then drank the juice. To me black pepper is too hot. As a result we had to compromise. Also she’d cook with no recipes.
Anyway here is the recipe for tarantulas. Bear in mind that Angeline Jolie and her son ordered and ate tarantula trying out that “speciality” when visiting his country. In case you’d like to try this at home, here is the recipe my kid gave me:
Catch tarantulas. The grownup takes the poison thing out. The kids pull off all the hair. Cut it into small pieces and stir fry. Then put it in with the water rice (rice diluted with water as there wasn’t enough to go around otherwise).
I asked her if she wanted tarantulas for dinner. She said, “Spider no good. In this country we have chicken”. I had wondered how I’d explain to a pet store that I wanted their biggest, juiciest tarantula and no tarantula food. Of course those spiders in the store are babies and those in the wild where she lived the adults had bodies that were around 8" in diameter. She also said that poor people in her country were smart because they figured out how to trick rich people from other countries into eating food that only the poor would eat and only because they had to.