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Old 01-18-2002, 07:54 AM   #1
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Question Need cooking in room meal ideas. Please share.

After reading the recent post about getting bored with visiting the same Disney restaurants, I wanted to start a thread with some good ideas for eating/cooking IN the room. We went to WDW/DVC three times last year, and I need some new ideas on what to have for dinner. Please share your meal ideas!
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Old 01-18-2002, 08:39 AM   #2
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This is my favorite thing to make, and one of my favorite meals.

Get 14 or so split pigs feet, put them in a big soup pot filled with water. Add about 20 cloves of garlic, a large uncut onion and some paprika. You bring this to a boil and let it simmer for about three hours. Then you place two pigs feet in each of seven or so large soup bowls. You strain the liquid that they were boiled in and divide it between the soup bowls with the pigs feet already placed in them. You put these in the refridgerator, after about three or four hours, the liquid will congeal into a gelatin.

And its all done. This is good because they can sit in the fridge for a couple days and the prep is all done. All you do now is take the bowls out of the fridge and serve them. This is best served with rye bread, I also use a good deal of salt.
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Rich...tell me you're kidding? At least to me that does not sound too appealing!! De, we are like you. Disney food does get really old after a few days. We like to cook a good breakfast every day. We are usually gone for lunch. If we are back for dinner, we usually will make chicken parm, spaghetti, soup/sandwich. Another quick,easy fix are those Meal Sensations. They have beef or chix with noodles and sauce. All in one bag and I think you can either bake or nuke it. We like the food at Good's. One time we got a carry-out from Olivia's and it was ok. Just ok. Or how about a ham steak, mashed potatoes, and vegs. That is simple and wholesome enough.
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Old 01-18-2002, 10:26 AM   #4
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WOW!!!!.....pig feet jello....Now that is meal for the whole family....But it could only be made better by stir frying some goat eyeballs as an appetizer............You must have alot of friends who pray daily NOT to be invited to your house for dinner:D :D
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Old 01-18-2002, 12:45 PM   #5
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One of our favorite things to do at home is pick up a rotisserie chicken -- just reheat, add a side dish and a salad and -- it's dinner!!
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Old 01-18-2002, 01:30 PM   #6
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okay, I have to fess up that I never cook on vacation...but if I did:


grill shishkebabs (buy them pre-skewered at the grocery store) on their poolside grills

Prego baked ziti (it's the new sauce where you don't have to cook the noodles first)

wrap sandwiches (buy the Perdue shortcuts, and add provolone, lettuce tomato and salsa, or ranch dressing)

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If you served that meal to 6-7 people, I don't think they would be able to leave and you would be over the 4 person limit in a 1 BR.
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Old 01-18-2002, 01:59 PM   #8
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Goodness I hope you're only kiddg Rich!
Quick things i have taken on vacations beofre include

Kraft Easy Mac
Ragu Express
the Prego Pasta bake mentioned above is fast, easy, tastes good and doesn't cost much at all:D

PB and J with fruit and chips works well for lunch

There are some frozen meals that are complete you just have to put them in the skillet and stir a bit
(they are a little pricey, but still cheaper that eating out)

Baked ravioli works well too. Just empty the bag of frozen rav's in the baking dish add a full jar of pasta sauce, and a half jar of water. Cover with foil and bake for about 40 minutes on 350.
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I'm not one that likes to cook too much on vacation but I have a couple suggests. We like to buy prepackaged salads and some Louis Rich chicken strips. This makes a great chicken salad. The Ceasar salad is especailly good. If you buy the salad with the dressing included it makes for a very easy meal. Just throw in some french bread and a fruit salad and you have a great light meal. Very good for the summer and you can make it in a studio. We've also made steaks on the grills provided at OKW. You can buy an individual use bag of Match Light charcoal to grill the steaks. Very easy and you don't have to store opened charcoal anywhere.
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We usually plan a few good meals at the villa just to get out of the Disney rut. Lasagne and salad is one we like as well as marinated pork chops on one of the grills. We usually do potatos and a veggie with that one. Only takes a few minutes and tastes like you slaved all day! Quick enchiladas is another favorite that takes very little time and is very filling. We usually only do breakfasts ( pancakes, oatmeal etc.), but sometimes do a quick lunch of baked potatoes with whatever toppings people like. You put the potatos in the oven with the timer so they are done when you get back. I have veggies, bacon cheese etc. available and everyone makes theirs the way they want.
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That was a reverse Qualyle, potatoes is correct.

I love the pig feet gelatin. I am going to make it at home
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Old 01-18-2002, 04:45 PM   #12
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Yummy... ... gelled pigs feet. Sounds great... NOT!!!

A favorite place to look (if you're feeding more than four, which we are) is a Costco, BJ's Wholesale or Sam's Club. They have larger frozen meals that are pretty good... lasagna, eggplant parm, chicken dishes, etc. Into the oven, enjoy a cool drink on the balcony, and viola!! Dinner! Maybe a little italian bread or garlic bread and a salad from a bag in the produce section! BAM! No muss, no fuss! No Emeril (and fully prepared meals) happening in our villa on vacation!!! LOL

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Old 01-18-2002, 05:04 PM   #13
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*Note to those complaining about dog in room* -- he is only DINNER plans for later ..... LOL Now that's sick!!! And with the pigs feet post I couldn't resist the irony !!!
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Old 01-18-2002, 08:57 PM   #14
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When we cook in the room it's usually to save money not cause we're bored with restaurants.
That pigs feet recipe sure sounds cheap. And oh so yummy, NOT


Our 2 dd's love mac & cheese and hot dogs. A staple for us.
We go for the pop in the oven dinners. Our meals are mainly breakfast and lunch/early dinner then snack at night. Cheese & crackers and a glass of wine on the balcony.
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Old 01-18-2002, 09:42 PM   #15
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Believe it or not, pig's feet has been one of my favorite meals since I was a little kid. Its a Hungarian dish, my maternal grandparents were born there. I can remember being so thrilled when Grandma would make them. It was just the best. My mother could never get them right, not enough garlic and she never let them boil long enough so the gel was always loose.

I have since mastered the preperation.....unfortunately, I can't really get my daughter as excited about them as I used to be.
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