My fiancé is an amazing cook. Lucky for me, I will be eating well for years and years to come. But every now and then, I like to give Sidney a little break. If she isn’t cooking or we aren’t going out to eat, I test out my culinary skills. In tonight’s blog post, I would like to share with all of my hungry readers three different meals I whipped up in the “kitchen” recently.
Nachos With a Twist – On an evening where Sidney and I had enjoyed a late lunch, we wanted to do something a little lighter for dinner. I told her to relax while I made something up. In the Pacific Northwest there is a brand of kettle chips called Tim’s. They make a jalapeno flavor that is hands down my favorite chip in the world. The crunch, thickness, and heat of Tim’s jalapeno chips can’t be beat. Sidney thinks so too. I introduced them to her over Christmas and she fell in love. We enjoy them so much that we brought a bag back with us after our Christmas visit and after our visit in June. My mom sent Sidney a bag for her birthday.
Anyway, a huge light bulb went off in my head. Why not use Tim’s jalapeno chips instead of boring tortilla chips for nachos? I grabbed the Tim’s bag out of my pantry that I had brought back from my trip to Spokane and tossed a bunch of them on two plates. I then reached for my pre-grated cheese in the refrigerator and sprinkled a couple of handfuls over the chips. I then placed the plates (Sidney’s first) in the microwave and cooked them both perfectly so the cheese was just starting to ooze. The “heat nachos” tasted great.
Cheddar Meat Mac & Cheese – I decided to get gourmet for this one. Sidney wanted to relax and watch “Big Brother” with no distractions so I told her I would handle the cooking duties. Due to a trip to Wal-Mart earlier in the day, I was well prepared. I pulled out the Reser’s brand macaroni and cheese side dish package from the refrigerator (yes, there is a brand out there called Reser’s) and prepared it in the microwave oven. When that timer went off I quickly pulled the mac & cheese out because I needed to put the next item in. After spending a good 30 minutes looking at Wal-Mart’s hot dog section, I decided on these cheddar jalapeno links. I cooked three of those franks up until I was nearly salivating. Then, using my famous knife cutting skills, I chopped the dogs up and poured them on the pasta.
A good chef always knows when it is right to introduce an extra ingredient to really make a dish memorable. Not skipping a beat, I opened my refrigerator and once again brought out that pre-grated cheese. I sprinkled several shreads on top of my masterpiece. It truly was the cherry on top of the sundae.
Tortilla Dog – Those who know how to cook also know how to be resourceful. Driving home from work a couple days ago I came up with an amazing idea on how to enjoy the remaining cheddar jalapeno dogs. The concept literally popped into my head out of nowhere. After I got home and published my blog post for that day I might have made history. I put two dogs in the microwave and then wrapped each one in an oversized tortilla. It was a hot dog burrito so to speak. It was such a nice change from a bun or a piece of bread. I immediately thought that these could definitely be sold at minor league baseball games. Score another one for Chef Brent!
So yeah, Sidney will most likely continue to do most of the cooking. However, I have clearly demonstrated that if she doesn’t feel like preparing dinner, I am more than capable of utilizing my culinary talents…just as long as a microwave is available. Don’t Blink.