Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Adventure with a Quesadilla Maker

I have never been a very good cook. I can make things with a recipe (ham and cheddar risotto, anyone?) but simple things like pancakes and eggs and grilled cheese sandwiches are somehow beyond my cooking ability.

So when I realized I had to cook for my standing date with my girlfriend to watch The Bachelorette, I knew there were only a few things that I could cook. My friend, whom I’ll call the Bachelorette (until she gets a blog of her own that I can link to – hint, hint, lady!) because she got me addicted to the show, has certain things that she’s allergic to that make it hard (for me) to cook for her.

I came up with a bunch of ideas but I was worried that there might be the bad allergy item in there, so I asked for a suggestion from the Bachelorette on what to make. She said quesadillas are always a good choice. We have a winner! Quesadillas with fresh salsa from Trader Joe’s it is.

When she came over last night, I had to get her to help me make the silly things. I told you, I have no idea how to cook the most simple of meals! The Bachelorette saw an unopened wedding present above my cabinets and asked if we could use it. Sure enough, I had a quesadilla maker that I had never used.

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She thought I was kidding that I had never used it, but it was still in the packaging and had the instruction booklet. With recipes, even!

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We did have some issues with the red and green lights on the machine. The booklet said to wait for the green light to go off, and that would let us know it was hot enough to cook. The green light didn’t come at first, so it was touch and go there for a minute. But does it make any sense for the green light going off to be the ready signal? Yeah, it didn’t make sense to us either.

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But five minutes later, we were happy munching on our warm quesadilla, complete with the lines that showed us where to cut the portions.

So it just goes to show you that with a machine designed to do one thing and one thing only, I can officially cook a quesadilla. If only I realized we had one of those machines earlier!


  1. Yumm! I love things that make life a little easier :)

  2. You have a quesadilla maker?! I'm so jelaous! What an awesome wedding gift. I've made quesadillas in a frying pan, but never with a fancy schmancy machine like that. Awesome! I have a feeling you're going to be making a lot of quesadillas over the next few weeks!

    PS - I can't even think about quesadillas without thinking of that scene in Napoleon Dynamite. :)

  3. Okay, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with the simple recipes! For the longest time, I could not successfully scramble an egg!
    Love the quesadilla maker! I usually just use the George Foreman grill, so my quesadilla are not as pretty! :)

  4. I am dying over here! I can't believe that you haven't ever made a quesadilla AND that you had a freaking maker that you didn't realize you had. Ha.