My wife was out of town for a few days last week, leaving me in charge of dinner. Just so all of you understand, I'm not completely useless when it comes to cooking. I know how to make a few things just fine: burgers (as discussed last week), pasta, stir fry, salad, etc. I would not starve left to my own devices. But I am lacking in some fundamental skills, including meal planning. When my wife's away, I usually default to something easy but with my current goal of expanding my culinary capacities, I took the opportunity to learn a couple of new recipes, both out of Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything: The Basics. The first night was the burgers. The second was broiled boneless chicken.
Both recipes involved the broiler, a first for me. With the chicken, it actually made me a little nervous: a fair amount of oil awfully close to a flame. But it more or less worked. The resulting dish was not especially interesting, though serviceable. As Bittman points out, broiling chicken breasts is a good thing to know how to do for other recipes, like chicken salad.
My wife's brief absence also provided an opportunity to indulge in something my daughter and I enjoy more than she does: Star Trek! I'd recently taken my daughter on a tour of my own top ten TOS episodes (see here). On broiled chicken night, we started TNG from the beginning. So, she got to meet Q!
Have a great weekend, everyone.