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My go to "cooking" in the first trimester was chicken sausages (the precooked kind). The protein made me feel less queasy and they only took 10 minutes (and not much skill). I could usually manage to serve some sort of vegetable with them (sliced cucumbers from the garden in vinegar were a staple).

I ate a lot of hummus and pita chips, veggies and ranch dressing, or triscuits and cheese dinners. I also took to buying the already cut up fruit at the supermarket because I was just that tired and I knew I'd only eat it if I didn't have to do anything.

And honestly, we went out to eat more than usual. I agree with the folks above - give yourself a break. It seems like it will last forever, but it's only really about 2 months. Now that I'm in my second trimester I'm back to cooking again.

Help! Safe Foods for a Queasy Pregnant Lady to Cook?
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8/4/11 10:51 AM

I recommend "Help, My Apartment Has a Kitchen!" to the absolute beginner cook. It's really good at explaining everything (even helpful things like where to find an ingredient in the grocery store)!

What Are Some Great Starter Cookbooks?
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4/8/11 10:34 AM

Oops, somehow my comment deleted on of the recipes:

What Recipes Maximize a Food Processor's Potential?
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10/21/10 10:26 AM

These are a few of my favorite food processor dependent recipes:
Beet Rosti
Caramelized Tofu with Brussel Sprouts (I shred the brussel sprouts in the food processor).
Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Enjoy! I love mine. It's a real timesaver.

What Recipes Maximize a Food Processor's Potential?
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10/21/10 10:24 AM

This is the recipe I make with canned salmon: It's quite good.

What Are Good Recipes To Make With Canned Salmon? Good Questions | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
6/17/10 10:25 AM

Tuna Melt Tuesdays! The sides change (this week we had asparagus, if I'm feeling lazy we just have chips), but we have tuna melts every Tuesday.

We're also started doing Pizza and a Movie on Fridays - it's not every week, and sometimes we get delivery, sometimes we make pizza at home, but I'm hoping it becomes a tradition. It's good times.

Do You Have a Weekly Dinner Tradition? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
4/22/10 04:15 PM

I get Food and Wine and Everyday Food. I got Food and Wine free for airline miles, but I really love it, and Everyday Food I like enough to pay for, which is saying something I guess. :) Basically I am focused on simple, easy to make recipes since I cook every day and only occasionally have time for more involved recipes.

Which Food Magazines Are You Signing Up For? | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/1/09 01:29 PM

Read! (Usually nothing cooking related, just whatever book I have going). I do also try to clean as I go too, but my first thought it always to pick up a book.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tell Us: What Do You Do While You Wait?
9/21/09 04:14 PM

We have planted quite a bit of squash in our little city garden (butternut, zucchini, yellow summer squash, and cymlings). My advice to you in to cut off the ends of the vines. That way they won't keep taken over (and possible strangling your other plants) - and (at least according to my dad, the longtime gardener) they will concentrate their energies on producing squash. I did that last year and this year with the butternut squash and it worked well.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Garden 2009: Midsummer Squash Vine Takeover!
7/10/09 01:36 PM

@ilovermont I use bay leaves in my containers with rice and it's never affected the taste.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Why Are There Bugs In My Storage Jars?
6/17/09 01:18 PM

Herbs only so far. But there are tiny tomatoes on our tomato plants, so I think those will be our first vegetables from the garden.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | What Have You Harvested From Your Garden So Far?
6/11/09 11:02 AM

We were in a similar situation, for a much shorter period of time earlier this year while our kitchen floor was being replaced. Two things that we made in our toaster oven were tuna melts (part of our regular rotation) and these really yummy quesadillas ( Good luck. I know how frustrating it is to be kitchen-less.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Good Question: Remodeling the Kitchen! What To Eat?
5/29/09 02:13 PM

I could (and do) live without a microwave, but I don't think I'd want to go ovenless, so that's the trade-off I'd make. I'm not really much of a baker, but in the winter we make a lot of casseroles and other oven-centric dishes.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Could You Live Without an Oven?
4/23/09 01:11 PM

The Worchestershire sauce in my cabinet gets used most often for this homemade onion dip. Yum!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ingredient Spotlight: Worcestershire Sauce
2/11/09 09:44 AM

I also find that very cold/slightly frozen meat is the easiest to trim the fat off of. I don't cook beef very often, but when I do I usually put it in the freezer for 30-60 minutes beforehand to chill it a bit more. Warm fat is super slippery!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Basic Techniques: How to Trim the Fat Off Meat
1/14/09 04:37 PM