Cooking with Lauren

September 18, 2007


I can cook.  I’m not a great cook, but I’ve kept us alive for fifteen years, and that’s saying something.  In my arsenal are a few tried-and true meals, but I’m not a recipe person.  I love, love, love watching cooking shows because they’re always just throwing stuff together and viola! – greatness.  (Except for Alton Brown. I adore the man, but he’s getting way too anal about measuring and having the ‘exactly-right’ ingredient.)  So I’m a throw-together cook, and nothing is ever the same twice.  If the meal actual turns out well I tell Lloyd, “Enjoy it, because you’ll never have it again.”  So here’s tonight’s dinner: Fake-out Runzas.  We happen to have the stuff for it, and I made this once about five years ago, so I’m sure I can make it tonight.

1.  Thaw the hamburger.  I don’t know how much – it’s an eighth of the big thing I got at Sam’s.

2. Start cooking the hamburger.  Cut up the rest of the onion from Sunday’s fajittas, throw it in.

3. Cut a chunk of cabbage up into tiny bits.  I don’t know how much – this is probably too much.

I love chopping stuff!

4.  Oh wait – salt and pepper…. and what else?  Oh yeah, garlic!!  This might be a little dry, so let’s see what’s in the fridge.  Hummus?  Why not? How bad could it be?  Plop some in.  (Note to self:  Maybe wash your hands before taking pictures while cooking.  Camera now smells like garlic.)

Lloyd cooked last night.  See the pizza?  I need to clean the fridge

5. Realize that the pan you wanted to use is holding stale cookies.  Being too lazy to wash out the pan, use an inappropriate pan.  Line with crescent roll dough.  Dump in the hamburger mixture.  Taste.  Seriously re-think adding that hummus. Too late now.  Hide strange taste with more salt and pepper.  Top with cheese.  We had swiss.  Lloyd hates swiss.

I wonder how it will taste?

6. Put the rest of the dough on top and put in 350 degree oven for….. 30 minutes?  We’ll see.  If you smell smoke, take it out sooner.

Good enough for who it's for

Final result:  Edible.  Lloyd liked it, and I always eat regular Runzas with ketchup, so it was just fine. Serve with a vegetable – another meal down!

About Lauren

Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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13 Responses to “Cooking with Lauren”

  1. Beth Said on:

    You are the gutsy-est cook I know. I love how you throw things together, you’re a visionary cook.

    I make what I know will turn out well. That reduces our menu list significantly…fortunately Harold loves just about anything I cook. Except Eggs Goldenrod, but he didn’t tell me that until 8 years into our marriage…


  2. Brad Said on:

    Last night I had a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. Then I had some pistachios. Then I had some uncooked oatmeal with brown sugar mixed in. It’s good with milk.

    I watched Ina Garten while I ate. “How great is that? Ah, heh, heh, heh.”


  3. Peggy Said on:

    That looks delicious!!! (except for the cheese part)
    You can cook! And whatever happened to the lettuce you were growing in cotton?


  4. Deborah Said on:

    Mmmm…I wish someone would make this for me!
    I miss my Lauren!


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