Do I Have Panko Breadcrumbs and Buttermilk?

Tonight I am the “dinner guy” – my Beloved had school all day till late, then an Honors Society meeting after (he’s still not home). Anyway, tonight I am “The Chef.” It is up to me to prepare something delicious, nutritious and yummy. Yummy is important…

I like to cook, although I prefer to bake (I can make KILLER cheesecakes, plain or “fancy”). Baking seems a bit more scientific to me – there are things to be measured, times to be adhered to, water baths, etc. Regular cooking – well, no offense to my friends that are great cooks – all seems a little “free form” to me. A pinch of this, a dash of that, season to taste – what? Who’s taste? Mine? My guests? There are too many variables…

So tonight, given that I was in charge of dinner, I decided to be clever and use one of those “Got This? Make That!” websites – you know, the ones where you enter what you have and they deliver some unbelievable recipes using the ingredients you have on hand.

The key word there is unbelievable…

I thought I was in good shape. I had redskin potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, onions, Brussel sprouts and baby carrots – a bounty of fresh, delicious veggies with which to orchestrate some fantastic dinner to surprise Martin.

veggiesI also had chicken – two plump, delicious yummy-looking chicken breasts. Surely with all these healthy, amazing ingredients, the internet would provide me with a gastronomic road map to an amazing dinner for my Sweetie at the end of his very long day.

chicken breasts

So, ingredients identified and assembled, I sat down and dutifully logged in all my ingredients, then hit enter. I was answered with a question: “Do you have butter, eggs, mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes?” I mean, it asked if I had like eight things (I had seven!) I was so excited!!! Martin was gonna’ be SO SO impressed. I checked off the requested additional items, hit “enter” and watched the numbers roll.

300. 400. 800. 1200. When the numbers stopped, I had 1753 recipes to choose from. Can you imagine?

No, you can’t…

The very first recipe was “Oven Roasted Redskin Potatoes” and it only took, “…TWO ingredients that I have on hand!” Whoop-de-doo, right? I entered all that info for this? I scrolled through like 200 recipe titles, all using three or less ingredients – most involved boiling something or baking something. I searched for a filter; none were available. Aurgh… I scrolled through over FIVE HUNDRED recipes titles before I even got to something that took five ingredients – it was “Vegetables Sauteed in Olive Oil.” Come on – really? What happened to my chicken breasts?

Frustrated, I left “the web” and just decided to wing it. In the end, we wound up with… “a medley of oven-roasted vegetables, served with baked chicken breasts.” It was sorta’ like a big make-it-in-one-pan casserole-y thing. Topped with cheese; two cheeses, actually – cheese always makes things better.

I was pleased, and my Sweetie was, too. The thing is, I could have served him a Greek yogurt with Cool Whip and he would have been excited and appreciative. He is pretty awesome that way…

I guess maybe one day I will be a fine cook/chef but, until then, I will be happy making these…

cheesecakeBTW, you know cheesecake is my Angel’s favorite, right? Surprised?

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