101 Simple Meals

My life has found a new purpose…

from NYTimes.com…to cook all 101 meals listed in today’s NYTimes article from “The Minimalist” Mark Bittman — Summer Express: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less.

Okay, now that I look at it, maybe I’ll cook 90-ish of these meals.

I’m not going to cook a lobster (#12), because picking the scraps of meat out of a lobster’s insect-like exoskeleton grosses me the hell out.

And #91 and #58 — liver? — eeugh, that’s right out.

But still!

The rest, for the most part, sound good. In fact, I think I may make #47 this afternoon.

What are you going to make first?


  • Terry B

    I hadn’t seen this amazing list yet. Thanks, Kristen! And I’m right there with you on lobster. Well, maybe not being grossed out by it, but what a lot of work for not much pay-off, in my book.

  • Terry B

    Also, even though I’ve seen pictures and video of Mark Bittman, I always think of him as looking like that guy from House.

  • Jay

    Great article… just did #19 as I was starving and am working from home today. No lobster or liver for me either, and #s 17 & 74 will also be on my “skip” list – somehow the whole concept of sardines is more than I can overcome, even to try!

  • Andrea

    It’s surprising how much eggs comes up in the options.. I dont know why I have a block against eggs for dinner but it really is an excellent option, esp. in the numerous ways bittman suggests.

  • Kristen

    Terry — Which guy from ‘House’?

    Jay — I’m also skipping anything that mentions tentacles.

    Andrea — I love eggs for dinner, probably because I never eat them for breakfast.

  • Terry B

    You know, House, the lead character—Brit actor Hugh Laurie. And I know Bittman doesn’t look a thing like him—it’s just that’s who I [for whatever reason] pictured, reading his columns.

  • Kristen

    Ha! Now I’ll have to resist doing the same, otherwise I’ll never get any cooking done. I’ll just look at the list and keep going, “Mmmm, Hugh Laurie…”