Good Question: Cooking Without Appliances

Good Question: Cooking Without Appliances

Faith Durand
Oct 31, 2007

I'm staying in a guest house on the weekends that just has a refrigerator and a toaster. I need some creative "cooking" ideas from your readers for how I can eat relatively well while I'm in this predicament.

- Thanks! RB

Dear RB,
We have two general ideas for you. The first involves the kind of cooking that Julia Child called shopping. Find a really good bakery and delicatessen or butcher and stock up on excellent bread, prosciutto, seasonal fruit, and a couple good cheeses. That should cover lunch and dinner. For breakfast try fresh fruit, cereal and milk or pastries from a local bakery.

If you can't wait through the weekend for a hot meal, however, we ask: is there any way you can beg, borrow, or steal a slow cooker? These are safe to leave on all day and you can throw in a box of organic chicken broth, some beans, bacon, and kale and let simmer all day for a nourishing fall soup. Or you can make hearty meals like chili or pot roast too.

Other ideas for appliance-deprived RB from our readers?

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