Saturday, January 21, 2006

Dangers in Tuna Noodleville

Cooking can be a dangerous sport. Culinary tragedies occur ever minute in kitchens across the globe. Forks have wandered, unatended, into garbage disposals to meet their mangled dooms. Booby trapped pots have fallen from cabinets onto heads. Stove top grills have been carelessly left on for unsuspecting people who enjoy resting their forearms on stove top grills to read books (you know who you are). Salt has been mistaken for sugar. Metal has been microwaved.
But I am here to report the news of a very sad and devastating tragedy that has occured right here in our own blogosphere:
Mrs. MonkeyBites was wounded by the jagged lid of an aluminum can, just last night.
Yes, folks. It's true. But don't panic. The situation was handled calmly and without hesitation. The finger did lose a significant amount of blood (maybe 2 Tbs.), but only enough to cause slight woosiness and the occasional "woa is me" spell.

Here's the footage:

The Culprit

The Culprit

The Crime

The Crime

All-in-all, a splendid meal did present itself in the end (with help from hubby due to the sporadic and potentially life threatening 'woa is me' spells).

Here's what was single handedly (get it?) created...

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

2 6.5oz cans white Tongol tuna
2 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
2 potatoes, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup peas
1 cup noodles (like macaroni)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1 10.5 oz can Cream of Chicken
6 oz grated cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 tsp Old Bay
1/4 tsp dill
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp paprika
Salt and Pepper
15 Saltines (optional)

Set oven to 350 degrees F.
1. place the dices carrots, potatoes, onions and garlic in a microwavable dish. Place about 1/2 inch of water in the dish, and cover. Cook for about 4 minutes, stopping at 2 minutes to stir veggies. Set aside
2. Cook the one cup of noodles on the stove top until noodles are al dente. Strain and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, mix the tuna, cream of chicken, sour cream, milk, 4 ounces of the cheese, and all of the seasoning. Throw in the pease and other cooked veggies. Combine with the noodles and spread out onto a casserole dish.
4. Crush the saltines in your hands and coat top. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 ounces of cheese and a few grinds of the pepper mill.
5. Bake for 30 minutes. Serves 4-6.


At 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ouch! Do you need a new can opener - and i don't mean hubby?

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting this recipe! It looke good & this morning I was sitting in church thinking... "hmm... I want a casserole... a tuna casserole... with celery! ... & peas!..." It's hard to pay attention in church when you're pregnant & hungry.

~ alison


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