Help, I Burn Top Ramen

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Help, I Burn Top Ramen
Thu, 04-03-2003 - 9:26pm
I'm trying my best to learn how to cook before my husband comes back home. How in the heck do you make a bake patatoe? I tried it in the microwave the other day, and ewwwww it was crunchy and gross, speaking of crunchy how do you make rice? I need to start with the basics (as you can see) Please Help!!!!!! I need to learn how to cook. Thanks, Katie


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Thu, 04-03-2003 - 10:24pm
hey, not that I am much of a cook but.....LOL. Cook those ramen noodles in the microwave, that's what DD does. Baked potatos, I start them out in the microwave and then wrap them in foil, poke holes with a fork and put them in the oven at 350 until they are soft and mushy. The mic tends to miss areas and that's where you get the undone crunchies. Rice, follow the direciotns on the box, plain minute rice you usually boil the water (salt and marg optional) remove from heat and add the same amount of rice you did water. Stir, cover and let sit for a few minutes, the fluff with a fork. In all honestly though I love the Rice A Roni, Uncle Ben's etc. flavored rices, but I cannot get them to come out right in mic, always do them on the stove top. Any other basics you need, let me know, I tend to grill most of our meat or put it in the crockpot.

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 8:35am
Hi Katie,

I just started cooking myself not too long ago. I would call my mom every day and ask her how to make this and that and so would my hubby! Im no expert or anything but we've both gotten better. Ill give you a recipe for spanish rice ok it goes.

List of ingredients youll need:

cup of rice

tomato sauce

tooth of garlic (chopped up)

onions(chopped up)

chicken boullion <------- not sure if i spelled it right cube



1. Heat up oil in a sauce pan ..about 2 tablespoons

2. Throw in the rice, chopped garlic, and onions

3. Let the rice brown for a few minutes..probably about 7 minutes

4. Add a cup of water

4. Add half a can of tomato sauce ( the little cans)and the boullion cube

5. Let it cook for about 15 minutes...stir occassionally.

You can also use vegetables if you want.

Let me know how it turns out....


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 9:26am
My mom always said if you can read, you can cook. I'd start with the boil in the bag rice and follow the directions EXACTLY. LOL.

I make my baked potatoes in the oven and just cook them until the fork goes in nice and easy. (Don't forget to poke holes in the potato before you cook it!!!)

Hee hee! I've heard about people like you, but never believed you existed. Hee hee. *joke*

:) Melissa

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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 9:46am
Boy you sounded like me a few years ago!

My mother didn't allow us in the kitchen, so I had to teach myself how to cook.

A great cookbook is Betty Crocker's. It's a big red one and it has all the basics!

Now I'm a master chef, well okay, not all that great, but it's edible!

BTW, I still have a hard time with rice...I buy instant!



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Registered: 03-25-2003
Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:08am
Hugs to you!!! I think we all had those moments. I know I couldn't cook when I first got married. I have a rice cooker. You basically just measure the amount of rice you need to cook and add the correct amount of water and plug the cooker in and turn it on. It shuts itself off when its done. I don't know if they still make them but when I was first married they had rice in boil bags that you just boil in water. It was really easy. Dh always liked them. I do my potatoes in the microwave. You may have to adjust the time that you leave them in so that they don't get crunchy. Also make sure you poke holes in them. I knew someone that blew up potatoes in the microwave because they didn't poke holes in them.

The Ivillage Food Channel has some pretty easy recipes and so does All Recipes http://www.allrecipes. com.

The thing with cooking is its trial and error. I still have things that I can't cook very good. Dh was giving me a hard time last night because I won't make my own pizza. I cannot seem to spread pizza dough. What he doesn't know is I like the weekly break from the kitchen so pizza is his baby!!!! LOL


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:41am
Katie darlin cooking is a breeze once you get the basics down. To make a baked potatoe in the microwave wrap it in saran wrap poke it a few times w/ a fork and nuke for 5 min's if still hard to squeeze and time in 2min increments until you get it done. 4 potates usually takes about 15 mins or so. You can also make rice in a bag in the micro just read the box. When making pasta add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil to water helps keep noodles from sticking as well as add low fat flavor. When frying eggs I use Pam cooking spray helps to keep it from sticking plus no splatters of grease to clean up remember start w/ a cold pan when making eggs. And last tip for the day buy a microwave bacon dish I love mine.

Have fun sweetie and happy cooking,


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:43am
That was the cutest topic line I've read in the longest time!! :)

I can't cook either. If I'm cooking, it's sure to be one of about 4 different things, the only things I've mastered (i.e., spaghetti or lasagne). When Lilo and I still lived together, we barbecued a LOT. ;) I can cook a decent breakfast, as long as you consider things made with Bisquick decent. I grew up baking banana bread and brownies from scratch, so I can bake those pretty well. That doesn't help at dinnertime much though, now does it?!

Poor Lilo, he comes from a large hispanic family in which all the women cook from scratch. Then he marries me and gets a whole lotta Hamburger Helper!! LOL I was always so jealous of his Mom's ability to look in the fridge and create a masterpiece meal out of the available supplies (as for me, if I don't have all the ingredients required to make one of the 4 dishes I CAN do... we are likely to go to Subway or McDonalds!!).

Anyhow, I wish I could offer more help. Maybe you could get a hold of a simple recipe and practice with that one until you get it to your liking, then try another one, etc. Trial and error never hurt anyone. :)

Take care,


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 11:57am
**giggle** I was in your shoes once. I was famous for burning BOILED potatoes! roflmao

I always 'bake' my taters in the microwave. First you pokeholes in them with a fork.. this helps out with even cooking. put them in the micro for 5 mins at a time and turn ever 5 mins. Depending on how strong your micro is it could still take 10 mins and up (and depending on how many you are cooking). If you decide to bake in the oven please remember to poke holes BEFORE wraping the foil around the tater... I have fillings and if you do it after wrapping My teeth

As for rice I cook minute rice and always add a wee bit more rice than they ask for. I can't make good rice. ;-)

Good luck!!

and remember practise makes perfect!!!


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 12:44pm
I didnt think it was possible to burn ramen. I think I can help you with the potatoe thing. What I do is wrap each potatoe with paper towel and wet them then I place each one in a pleated sandwitch bag. Not the ziploc bags regular old pleated sandwitch bags. Put in the microwave for 7-10 minutes. If you follow this it will come out perfect. Also check your manual for your microwave and see what the wattage is if its under 1000 it takes longer for food to cook. Most of them are 1000 watts.

My favorite recipe for potatoes is:

Take about 4 potatoes baking, russett, redskin doesnt matter the kind of potatoe. Cut into bite size pieces. you can leave the skin on or peel the potatoes. Boil for about 20-30 minutes until a fork will break the potatoe piece in half.

Drain water and add about half a bottle of ranch dressing and 1 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350 until it gets bubbly.

Everyone loves when I cook these potatoes. Try them out and see how you like them.

Let me know if I can help you with anything.


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Fri, 04-04-2003 - 6:12pm
Well I have never been a master chef but I did watch my mom and grandma cook right up until I got married. I would give you tips on potatoes and rice or pasta but I see I was beat to the punch. So I will give you some simple tips on cooking. Oh and some easy recipes.

If you cook on a low temp. on the skillet then things will not burn so easily. When you cut onions. So that you don't tear up, put them in a bowl of ice water, and put some fresh lemon juice in the water. It also helps putting lemon juice on the cutting board. Buy a crock pot, they will save you ways you could never imagine. Hit the soup isle at the store and check things out. It is amazing what campbells can do with a can of soup. Just check out the label on the back of the soups they have great easy recipes. I found that out one night when I was having company and had nothing to cook. It was a great recipe and now I use them when I can not think of anything for dinner.

I love homemade fried chicken. And after some experimenting I found if you use flour, with a little garlic salt, salt, pepper, and seasoning salt. (just enough to taste) to bread the chicken. then dip it in an even mixture of eggs and milk. Then rebread it in the flour mix. Fry it in HOT oil. Until the thickest part is white in the center.

Well on to some easy recipes...

Place a roast in a crock pot. Mix 1/4 cup water with a can of cream of mushroom soup. Pour over top of roast. Add mixture of carrots, potatoes, onions, cabbage, celery, and what ever other veggie you want. Some people add tomatoes but it is personal choice. Cover and cook until veggies are tender, and meat is done and forks apart easily.

Also you can make a great one dish meal. Spray a pan with pam and place pork chops in the dish. Pour over a can of tamoto soup and cut fresh bell peppers on top. Cover and cook for one hour at 350 degrees. You can serve some baked potatoes with it as a great side dish.

Well if you want more recipes or idea let me know...