Friday, August 03, 2007

Cooking without a kitchen

So Jon and I are in the process of relocating. What makes our relocation exceptionally challenging is that we are going out of the country to celebrate our anniversary/me being done with the bar. As soon as we come back, we're Bebe-sitting at my parent's home. That means we really need to be packed up before we leave for Mexico. My dad, who is an expert at packing, came over today to help me pack up. I didn't know what I was in for.

Before he came I assumed we would keep about a box of kitchen essentials to pack later. My dad had different ideas. "Eat off of paper plates" he insisted every time I begged him not to pack all of our plates/bowls/silver wear. I didn't catch him before he packed up every one of our glasses.... I managed to save 4 plates and our silver wear. I failed in my attempt to keep my knives - both kitchen and steak.

I am now left with a nonexistent kitchen, which makes entertaining very difficult. Especially since Jon's friend came over for dinner tonight. I am ever resourceful though. Tonight's theme? Bottled Spaghetti Sauce. I know, I know, who uses bottled spaghetti sauce? A girl with no can opener and only 1 pot. At least it was great spaghetti sauce - Trader Joe's garlic spaghetti sauce. If you're going to get jarred sauce, this is the one to get.

I warmed some up in my cast iron fondue pot and set it out for the boys with some cubed cheese and tortellinis to give them something to snack on. Then I used it again with the pasta I served with the Parmesan chicken. And the chicken? I was brilliant enough to hide a baking sheet since I didn't catch dad before he packed all my pyrex... It was a very Italian dinner, and the boys loved it. Of course, boys are easy to please. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to get through this week and still feed my husband!

Parmesan Chicken
1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 chicken breasts
3 Tbsp Italian seasoned breadcrumbs

1)Preheat oven to 425
2)Combine cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl
3)Place chicken breasts on cooking sheet and top with cheese mixture
4)Sprinkle with breadcrumbs
5)Bake for 20 minutes or until done


  1. You are my cooking hero!!

  2. Mmm. I can't eat any of this.

    On the bright side, I have now lost 10 pounds since January. Go, me.