This month we chatted with home cook Pot Scrubber about cooking meals for one and his cheap bachelor-friendly recipes. You may recognize him by his alter-ego Dame Edna or one of his 300+ fun reviews. A regular fixture on Food.com since 2004, Potsie hosts the community’s Asia and Pets forums.
Tell us about yourself. I’m a simple man who lives a simple life. I’ve lived a bachelor’s life for the past 12 years in Dallas with my four rescue dogs: Farrah, Moose, Demon, and !Hercules!.
How would you describe your cooking style? How did you learn to cook? My cooking style is simple comfort food like what I was raised on. Men didn’t cook often in my family so I was a bit of a rebel. When I heard the stove calling, I was about 15 and taught myself to cook.
How have cookbooks played a role in your culinary tastes? The Prudhomme Family Cookbook is the best cookbook ever written in history. I’ve made almost every recipe dozens of times. The introduction to each recipe gives an insight of the origin and why it is special to the Prudhomme family.
Do you have a favorite member here at Food.com? Are there anyone’s recipes you always make? If I had to choose someone’s house I would crash and never leave it would be Leggy Peggy.
What’s your fave weeknight meal when you’re in a hurry with no time to cook? I always keep a loaf of French bread, a jar of store-bought spaghetti sauce, a package of pepperoni, and some mozzarella cheese in the fridge. Then I just add whatever sad vegetables are left in the fridge and make a French bread pizza.
What’s your favorite Food.com recipe? Why do you love it? I reckon the dish I have made the most over the years is cipherbabe’s Swiss Turkey Burger. Served on a grilled onion bun with cheese and all the fixins, it’s a tasty food party in your mouth!
What’s the one dish or technique that intimidates you? Poaching an egg. I’ve avoided trying it for years. I saw the movie Julie and Julia last week and decided to give it a go. I had disappointing results but I am convinced I can master the technique given a few more tries and ten dozen more eggs.
Confession time: What’s your guilty pleasure dish…you know, the thing you eat when no one is looking? A cheap can of Mary Kitchen Roast Beef Hash fried hard until crispy with some onions and cream gravy. It is 75% fat but I don’t care. I’ve also used fried pork rinds instead of breadcrumbs to top a casserole. Someone pray for me!