Kitchen Fail of the Week

by doodaddy on October 27, 2009

Every week, it seems, I perpetrate some new kitchen catastrophe, and this week’s entry is my pork-chicken-rice-egg-noodle casserole.

during quiet hour, Fern made me a cat face out of various tiny bits of food.

She’s a way better cook.

What the hell was I thinking?

To be fair to myself, I was dead tired and not thinking that much, getting a cold and dealing with the kids’ late night persistent cough that just won’t end.

And I was following a recipe, and that recipe did actually say to add a can of chicken and rice soup to the browned pork and noodles in a casserole dish.

Ye gods! (By which I mean, Ye Food Network gods!) Why are there chunks of chicken and pork cohabitating in an unholy pasta-rice puddle?

To her credit, Working Mom’s appreciation of dinner appeared entirely sincere.

She was totally faking it.

My wife is from the Midwest, where casseroles (“hot dish,” they say) are a universal religion, and my effort was near blasphemy by their standards.

I love to cook, but to me that means a relaxing afternoon chopping vegetables and simmering stock, browning and broiling a nice roast, sipping wine and steaming veggies. Needless to say, that kind of time never materializes anymore.

Since meal planning is out, my brain just latches onto what it knows, without much thought for what makes a good combination. A couple of weeks ago I was putting dinner on plates before I realized that it was entirely beige: chicken breasts, cauliflower, rice. I almost mashed up some potatoes just to complete the picture.

So now the leftovers of my casserole taunt me from the fridge. “You think you know how to cook,” they say. “Well, look at this!”

I’m feeling defeated. Next week, I think, might have to be all-quesadilla week at Casa Doodaddy.

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PJ October 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

I’m totally with you on the no-time-to-cook thing. I’m not a stay-at-home dad, but my wife often must spend the evening studying for various exams, so I end up doing meals and cleanup and etc. While I can cook reasonably well, my meal-planning skills are sadly lacking. So I was super glad to find a local DreamDinners where they’ll do all the pre-prep for me (or you can do it yourself if you’re so inclined)- I just have to pick a couple out of the deep freeze and put ’em in the fridge to thaw. Cooking them is super trivial (typically something like: pan-fry the meat that’s in this package on both sides, then add the sauce from this other package). Steam some veggies for a side and I’m done with minimal mess (no mixing), minimal wasted food (no buying a huge pack of X when I need 3), and minimal thought (follow the directions that come with the food).

Not a shill, just a really happy customer,



doodaddy October 27, 2009 at 7:52 am

@PJ – I used to try to do that kind of thing for myself, by setting aside some time to cook a bunch of meals and freeze them in portions. (We have a big freezer.) Maybe someday I’ll get back to that sort of thing…


David October 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

I once made an entire meal (three dishes) that were all beans… and I didn’t realize it until I put all the food on the plate and handed it to my wife before gasping and defeatedly saying, “Oh, these are all beans. Sorry about that.”

We all had gas that night.


doodaddy October 27, 2009 at 1:09 pm

@David – Yep, that sounds like something I’d do. Just curious… what three bean dishes? Bean salad, dal soup, garbanzo loaf?


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