During the lively discussion sparked by my post When Bad Food Happens to Good Cooks, commenter annimal proposed the following:
How about the opposite: when good food happens to bad cooks.
Got a fool-proof recipe for those people who can’t boil water, or those who can but are still looking for something yummy and easy? I nominate my BFF’s mom’s bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. She could butcher even the simplest recipes, which led to BFF eating over at my house at least a few times a week. However, the bacon wrapped water chestnuts were the bomb. I never saw the actual recipe, but it must’ve been something like – wrap water chestnuts in bacon, marinate in soy sauce, and bake. on nom nom!
Anything wrapped in bacon will be a success. My beloved BigStepdaddy used to make terrific bacon and other breakfast foods every weekend. He wasn’t so much a bad cook as a cook whose repetoire was limited to brunch (and, occasionally, barbecued chicken on the grill). Being an excellent husband, he made breakfast in bed for MamaSharper nearly every weekend, and he always served her first, leaving me and my sister prowling hungrily around the kitchen asking “Dad? Did you make ours yet?” I have never had French toast as good as BigStepdaddy’s French toast, made with Arnold’s thick-sliced white bread. His buckwheat pancakes were awesome. So were his scrambled eggs and crispy bacon. None of those dishes is difficult (or expensive) to make, and with repeated practice, you can impress everyone by serving up a great breakfast.
So have at it, commenters! Got a favorite good recipe for bad cooks? Or a story about a bad cook who surprised you? Tell us!