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Re: The definition of I can cook
"OK I'll bite (figuratively) what do you do to spice up Broccoli?"
Who says you need to??
Easy way, steam the broccoli not quite all the way. Then sprinkle or cover with thin sliced or grated cheese or your choice. Cheddar, parmesan, etc. with or without breadcrumbs, maybe a little butter.
Or, pan toast some sesame seeds, add with above, or alone. Or, toss some orange glaze (storebought in the chinese sauces section) on the broccoli and you're halfway to General Tso's...sesame seeds again optional. Pan toasted diced chilis if you want zing.
Lots of ways to go with any basic ingredient (like brocolli) and a good cook usually can look at what's on hand and figure out what will work together and what needs to be used up first. These days, there are also smartphone apps and computer apps that will let you say "I've got leftover lutefisk and rutebega, what can I make out of that?"
You can also pretty much pull together a stir-fry from anything, mixed diced fresh or frozen vegs and protein (shrimp, fish, chicken, pork or chops) and do it plain, as opposed to fancy sauces and flavors. And then some folks have a talent for stews and soups.
There are probably a number of good "leftovers cooks books" out there.
Of course for some crews--and cooks--a menu restricted to "Which Chef Boyardee are we opening tonight? And should I heat that up?" might be safer. (vbg)