A truly independent person should know how to cook, whatever the gender. I can proudly say that I am a man who loves to cook. In these cold winter months of COVID, I've been experimenting in the kitchen. Here are some of the dishes I've experimented with.
Veal Parmigiana I fell in love with this scene in the 1990 classic Goodfellas, which, IMHO, is one of the finest scenes of food porn out there. I had made chicken cutlets before, but had never taken the step and turned them into parmigiana. This Valentine's Day, I cooked a meal for that special someone, me. Here's the progress, as portrayed through this photo story. As for the tortellini, I'll plug Vace, a true Italian deli on DC's Connecticut Avenue, for their freshly made pasta. Here's the recipe I used.
Italian Sausage Chili Prior to the pandemic, I lived in Newport News, Virginia. Every Super Bowl Sunday, I'd make Italian sausage chili to bring to my friend Dean's house. This year was a party for one, but I felt the need to re-enact it. After cooking it, I ate bowl and froze the rest. But I unfroze it for Singles Empowerment Day and ended up eating the rest throughout the week. And one night some of it wound up on top of a couple of turkey burgers.
Frito Pie I like to adorn my chili with Fritos. Of course, I had a bunch of them left, and they're similar to Lay's in that you can't eat just once. So when I had them on my chili this week, I found myself snacking on them (not a great thing for the waistline). Then, I had a brainstorm. Frito pie! I tried it for the first time with my friend Courtney in Houston, so I was hooked! And it was easy as "pie" (pun intended) to make. Check this recipe out!
Potato Chip Chicken
Another leftover from the Super Bowl was that bag of Sour Cream and Onion potato chips I kept snacking on. At one point, I remembered a reference to "potato chip chicken" on an episode of Mike Judge's King of the Hill. I'd never heard of it, so I looked it up, and I learned it was quite easy to make! So I did! And when I ran out, I used bread crumbs. Note to self: don't use the Ruffles in the future. They don't stick quite as easily.