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Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I'm trying that. Right after the corn on the cob. Thanks!

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Um, yeah, pretty much. My health prevents me from driving. There will be a Sonic nearby but I think that's about it. Nothing else in walking distance for me. :-(

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Thank you! I'll absolutely check those out.

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Yikes. I'll ask about the cat, but I really have no one to take her for me so I hope and pray they'll say she's okay.
I have plastic plates that are easily as sturdy as high quality paper plates but they're really flexible. That part will be easy since I can cook on them also.

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I haven't started a fire since I was 9, but I can understand the motel's liability. Even tho I'd hardly ever be leaving the room, there is always the potential for accidents. I suppose I can live two weeks without a steak or a decent burger. (Sonic, anyone?) I will admit to having cooked some incredibly tender and flavorful pork chops in my microwave years ago. I just wish I could remember how I did it.

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Excellent! Thank you!

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Oh. My. Gosh. George Foreman grill it is!

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I wonder if they would give me a second fridge? I have a large cooler but I really don't trust it for actual food storage versus just a picnic. I'm going to smuggle my coffee pot in and if they say I can't have it, I'll just go buy some nasty instant coffee.

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

My microwave is just a cheapie. I only use it to reheat and occasionally to defrost something. Maybe I'll price out a convection microwave next week. I hate the one that I have right now anyway. Gives me an excuse to replace it.

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Those suggestions sound great! I didn't know eggplant could be nuked. Thanks!

Nov 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I'm kind of limited in the area I have to choose from in order to be close to my storage unit. I hope they don't make too much of a stink over my cat. She and I have been together 7 years now and she's like one of my kids.

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I have a really tiny crock pot. Euro Pro, I think it is. It should be big enough for two people. To be honest, I've never used it. Looks like now is the time to try it out finally!

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

Mmm. Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce. That stuff is awesome. I was going to throw out all my spices and just buy fresh when I get back home, but I think you have a good point about taking them with me.

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I have a small electric percolator that I'm taking with me. I picked it up at a thrift store along with a larger stove top percolator for decoration about 3 years ago. I gave the larger one away so I'm really counting my lucky stars that I still have the small one!

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I was planning on doing that with my cat. Lol! I just had a thought tho. I'm renting a storage unit nearby to the motel so that clothing and things like that will be within walking distance. I could always smuggle the skillet in when I need it and then return it to storage when I'm done with no one the wiser.

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I believe there will only be one of those small refrigerators. Grocery store access will be very limited. On the plus side, I just learned that I can cook corn on the cob in the microwave thanks to a thread here! That makes me really happy! Quesadillas sound promising too. I'm pretty sure I could nuke a chicken breast with decent results. Thanks!

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I have an egg muffin maker but thought I'd get in trouble if I brought it into the room. I suppose I could hide it tho. I wanted to have my electric skillet with me but hubby says that's a definite no-no. I'll hunt up those microwave recipes right now. Thanks!

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I'm in east Tennessee. It's pretty chilly here. Hubby will grill during a blizzard if I ask him too tho. And I never even thought of grilling. Awesome idea! Thank you!

Nov 04, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Motel Living. Do I Have to Starve?

I'm going to be living in a motel for the next two weeks. Maybe longer depending. The place doesn't allow cooking other than a microwave. Bologna sandwiches, canned soup, ravioli and the like really just doesn't turn my crank. (Hubby will be happy with peanut butter and Little Debbie snacks) So keeping in mind the dinky little refrigerator and microwave, what are some decent meals I could make? Not that I couldn't stand to lose a few pounds, but I hate to miss a meal. Lol! I'd appreciate any suggestions y'all could offer up.

Nov 04, 2010
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How important is your pantry? What's in yours right now? What are must haves in there?

Thank you, Mamachef! Three out of four kids are great and one has kind of lost his footing, but he'll bounce back.
I do love food and I do love to try new recipes. My eldest daughter is just like me in that regard. Believe me, we'll tear that kitchen up! She's amused at times at how long I stay at this site. From what I've seen here it's all about good food with good people, so what could be bad about that?!

Oct 28, 2010
Driftbadger in General Topics

How important is your pantry? What's in yours right now? What are must haves in there?

I don't generally shop until we're down to chicken legs, nasty canned corn and I'm baking pan bread, so things not being used isn't really a problem for me. I love the thought of it tho. Everything neatly arranged by use. Sometimes I feel like I don't deserve access to this wonderful site. Lol!

Oct 28, 2010
Driftbadger in General Topics

How important is your pantry? What's in yours right now? What are must haves in there?

I was more organized before my family came in to play than I am now. With four kids, I never had the time to organize my mind let alone my cooking supplies. Now that all my kids are grown with only one still at home, I just want to be lazy all the time. I admire you!

Oct 28, 2010
Driftbadger in General Topics

How important is your pantry? What's in yours right now? What are must haves in there?

How are you guys all so organized that you know exactly what is on each shelf? When I unload groceries, I stand in front of my shelves in the utility room and say "This is a box, it goes on this shelf. This is a can, it goes on this shelf. Oops, no more room here. I'll just throw the rest in random cabinets and pile some on top of the fridge." You all have blown my mind!

Oct 27, 2010
Driftbadger in General Topics

Trying to reduce my "plastic footprint" - How did grandma freeze meat?

We did it the same way when I was growing up in Michigan. My dad would load up his truck with our garbage and the garbage of the neighbors on either side on us and off to the dump we would go. Fun memory! And yeah. I'm in my 40s also.

Sep 05, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

Now this is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you! I'm off to the grocery this evening.

Aug 11, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

They also make one that will cook two sandwiches at the same time. Now, I will admit that I've never in my life had double boiler or any other way to make a poached egg. I used the washed out tuna can method. That being the case, I can't compare cooking times. I was pleased with the speed, but I'm sure this little 'toy' isn't for everyone. I'm starting to think I like mine though.

Aug 10, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

It actually starts the egg cooking before it starts the toaster part so it's all done at the same time. Once the muffin pops up, the egg is done. It was surprisingly fast. The biggest pain as far as cleaning is that where the water goes for the egg is built into the machine so you have to turn up the entire thing over the sink to get rid of the little bit of water that's left. It's not heavy or anything, it's just a bummer that I can't toss it in the sink to be washed with everything else. The crumb tray just slides out of the underneath. I guess it's not too bad and the end result looked and tasted quite good.

Aug 10, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

Now that I've tried it, I would highly recommend it.
i would still love some different ideas, but this is pretty good!

Aug 10, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

I am eating a sausage egg muffin at this very moment. Pretty good, actually. I think I'm enjoying it more than McDonalds because at least I know for sure that my sausage was never on the floor! Maybe I will use it more than I thought.

Aug 10, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking

Ideas for egg and muffin toaster

My husband surprised me with a Back to Basics egg poacher/muffin toaster. I've had it a couple of months now and haven't used it yet. He thought that since I occasionally eat a sausage muffin with egg at McDonalds I would enjoy it. Well, if that's all I can make with it, I might enjoy it twice a year. Can anyone here here give me some ideas for different things to make with it? You all are so creative. Please help before sweet hubby's feelings are crushed!

Aug 10, 2010
Driftbadger in Home Cooking