I need to learn how to cook!!

Erinn - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )




I really need help to learn how to cook! I'm 30 years old and TERRIFIED of cooking, but I REALLY wanna learn how so I can cook for my family! I need some easy recipes that even I can't mess up!! Please help me!!

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Annette - posted on 04/28/2009




If you have the food network channel start watching it, you'll be suprised about how easy it is and you can go to there website to get the recipe. my husband has not cooked very much but since we started watchin he has wanted to cook.

Christina - posted on 04/28/2009




easy and very good

egg cassarole


1 bag of frozen hash browns (thawed)

I box of brown and serve sausage links (cut into bite size pieces)

a half dozen of eggs

1 cup of shredded cheese (I use cheddar my daughter uses swiss-your preferance)

Pre heat oven to 350, lightly beat eggs, in a square cake pan put in the has browns, sausage and beated eggs, salt and pepper to taste cover with foil baking time is usually 30-40 minutes about half way through stir...when the eggs are firm uncover and add cheese, return for about 5 minutes while your cheese melts. this is great for any meal...breakfast serve with toast...brunch crusty bread and fruit.

Lauren - posted on 04/28/2009




I just posted these on another post but they are easy and yummy!

Just starting out, the easier the better. Here is one of our favorites.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

4 - 6 boneless skinless chicken breast

1 bottle red french or catalina dressing

1 small jar of apricot preserves

1 envelope of onion soup mix

Preheat oven to 350.

Place chicken in a baking dish and set aside.

Mix the remainder of the ingredients in a bowl and pour over chicken. Bake for 50 minutes - 1 hour.

Serve with rice and a vegetable.

Here are some more easy recipes that we like:

Bisquick Pot Pie

1 can cream soup

1 9 oz. pkg. frozen mixed veggies, thawed

1 cup cubed cooked chicken

1/2 cup milk

1 egg

1 cup Bisquick

Preheat oven to 400*. In a 9" pie plate, mix soup, veggies and meat. In a bowl, combine Bisquick, egg and milk. Pour over meat and veggies. Bake for 30 mins.

Baked Ziti (this is a friend's recipe but I have made something similar and it is great)

* 1 pound dry ziti pasta

* 1 onion, chopped

* 1 pound lean ground beef

* 2 (26 ounce) jars spaghetti sauce

* 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced

* 1 1/2 cups sour cream

* 6 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

* 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta, and cook until al dente, about 8 minutes; drain.

2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, Provolone cheese, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mixture,

remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with grated Parmesan cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheeses are melted.

Beef and Cheese Enchiladas

1 lb. ground beef or round (I used a little over a #)

1/2 c. chopped onion, or to taste

1/2 c. chopped green pepper, or to taste

1 can enchilada sauce

1 packet taco seasoning

8 oz. milk

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 c. (or more as desired) grated Cheddar cheese

1 1/2 pkg. corn tortillas, about 18 (I used 8 big tortillas...whole wheat, low carb ones)

1 can refried beans (I did not use these...I added about a cup, cup and a half of cooked rice)

I also added hot sauce and some salt and pepper to the meat

Saute ground round, onions and green pepper. Drain fat and add water and taco seasoning according to the package.Combine enchilada sauce, milk, soup. Partially cool meat mixture and add rice, 1 cup of cheese and half cup of the sauce mix/ Soften tortilla shells in microwave (I wrapped them in paper towel and microwaved them for about 45 seconds) or over steaming water for easy rolling. Spoon half of the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Spread each tortilla with approximately 1 tablespoon of refried beans; then spoon on some of the beef mixture.

Spoon on some of the cheese/soup mixture. (I filled each tortilla with approximately 1/2 cup of meat filling) . Roll up the enchilada. Place in long casserole dish. Repeat until all tortillas are used. Pour extra sauce over enchiladas. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Velvet Shrimp (another great recipe from a friend)

1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1/2 c. chopped green onions

1/2 tsp. each salt, dry mustard, basil and cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp. each garlic powder and thyme

1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

1 c. heavy or whipping cream

1/2 c. shredded Muenster cheese

Heat a 10 inch skillet over high heat about 1 minute. Add butter. Stir in green onions and 2 tsp. of the seasoning mix; cook 1 minute. Add shrimp and garlic; cook stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in cream and remaining seasoning mix; cook 1 minute. Remove shrimp with slotted spoon.

Boil cream in same skillet, whisking constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in cheese, then shrimp. Serve over pasta or rice.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/25/2009




Meatloaf is an easy starter and hint....you can even add extra veggies and your kids won't know! I usually use 5# hamburger, green pepper and onion to your taste or your famillies. I also add carrots and celery to mine. Yes, I know this doesn't sound good, but if you stick everything in the food processor...it gets chopped so small no one can even see it. Mix your chosen veggies with the hamburger, then add 2-3 eggs and mix well (with your hands). After it is mixed, use quick oats and get it to the consistency that you can form it into a loaf. I cook mine in a 9x13 pan. Stick loaf in middle, add water on both sides about 1/4 to 1/2 inch at the bottom. Top with ketchup. I sometimes add garlic powder to mine too. Cover with foil and bake approx 2 hrs on 350 (give or take depending on size of your loaf).

Cara Noel Boyett - posted on 04/25/2009




YouTube is a great place to learn. I'm a "hands on" person. You can tell me about something all day, but unless I can see it and do it, it goes in one ear and out the other.

Erinn - posted on 04/25/2009




Hey, im not offended by that topic, infact i was thinking about the whole Dummy books and wondering if there was one for cooking! That's definitely how basic I need... I don't know ANYTHING about cooking! My mom always tried to teach me, but I really wasn't interested at the time (wish I had been though!)

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/25/2009




i agree and there is all so a book thats called "cooking for dummies" not calling u a dummy but that book helped me it has the very basic recipies in it and it allso tells u how to prepare food

Cynthia - posted on 04/25/2009




There's a cookbook called "Betty Crocker's Cookbook. Everything you need to know to cook today" It has how to boil water and scramble eggs as well as some good recipes. It gives definitions for some of the terms that are in recipes such as"blanch", "poach", "mince". It could be a great start! Good luck.

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/25/2009




a quick spagetti -fry up some mince while thats frying boil some spagetti back to the mice when the mince is brown add some mixed herbs some onion flakes and some paprika fry for a minute then add your spagetti sauce and some tin tomatos mix well then bring to boil and then let simmer till your spagetti is boiled then serve in bowls with cheese on top.hope thats ok all my kids love it

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