The game I have with myself right now is protein roulette. I buy the protein I’m going to cook and then challenge myself to use whatever is on hand. The purpose is twofold: to make me a more creative cook, and 2) get rid of that stuff that’s been sitting on my shelves for too long.
Rex is basically a vegetarian, but he does like chicken legs. I’ve made then 20 different ways. I went out on a limb and did thighs this night. I did two different versions. This one worked out the best.
Homemade ceasar dressing from a few days previous, chopped onions ( half chopped, sitting in plastic wrap) chicken broth and hot pepper jelly. It turned out great. The crispy skin was a hit. Marinated over night and cooked long and low in the oven.
I made another wing it batch with broth, onions, paprika, cumin, but it cooked a tad too long and wasn’t as fun. The skin was still popular though.
I know, it might not look fab, but it’s pretty tasty. Hey, you don’t have to be a chef to make food. Since I do more of the cooking than my home chef I have figured this out. So many people eat food out of a box or a freezer. Don’t be afraid to cook.