Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Single Man's Guide to Cooking

That's sexist...some of yall women out here can't cook either.  I, however, am not one of them.  I love to cook & find it incredibly relaxing.  I think everyone can cook if they really tried.  Can you read a recipe?  Work a knife?  Turn on a stove? Aight, then you're good money.

First, yall gotta go to the grocery store.  Your refrigerator isn't just for beer & Ciroc, you can put food in there too.  When you go to the store, get some staples: pasta, chicken, spices, ground beef, milk, eggs, spaghetti sauce, olive oil.  (There are more but I'm not writing a book here.)  These basics will carry you through your most basic meal.

Next, find a recipe.  I love recipe blogs & the Food Network; you probably don't.  That's cool, but do you wanna eat? Okay then.  You should find recipes that have a few steps and a short prep time, like 15 minutes.  Your first time it'll probably take you a bit longer, but that's okay.  Just google some of those staples (i.e. chicken breast, pasta, olive oil) and a number of recipes will pop up.

Then, follow the damn recipe.

A quick pause for the cause: please clean up your kitchen.  Don't just leave those dishes lying in the sink...it's cheapens your great accomplishment.

Finally, women love a man who can cook.  AND cooking dinner for your lady will cost you a lot less than taking her out.  Everybody wins!

As a good teacher, I can't just tell you what to do & not give you an example.  So here's your first recipe!

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs


6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and Pepper


  1. Preheat broiler. Rinse chicken thighs; pat dry. Arrange thighs, skin side down, on a broiler pan. In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary and garlic. Brush 1/3 of mixture over chicken and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil 4 to 6 inches from heat until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.
  2. Using tongs, turn chicken thighs skin side up. Brush 1/3 of lemon-juice mixture over skin and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil until thighs are browned, about 7 minutes.
  3. Turn off broiler and set oven to 450°F. Brush final 1/3 of lemon-juice mixture over chicken (discard any leftover lemon-juice mixture) and return pan to oven. Bake until juices run clear when pricked with a fork and meat is no longer pink at the bone, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

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