I live in a rural area. Right smack in the middle of a desert, in fact. My city is not very progressive when it comes to public transportation, and I don't own a car, so when the busses stop running at 8:00pm (5pm weekends), I'm pretty much stuck at home. I've found myself, on more than one occasion, in a house where no conventional food can be prepared due to a lack of groceries. So, I tried unconventional stuff. Here are the results, my *cue dramatic music* Recipes of Desperation!

Creamy Tomato Noodles:

2.5 cups egg noodles

Cook noodles. Place in bowl, add just enough ketchup to lightly cover all the noodles when tossed. Then add a few dollops of mayo, and toss again. Sounds disgusting, tastes alright. Not gourmet by any measure.

Garlic Pasta

1/2 lb. pasta, any shape.
2 tbls garlic powder
1 tbls onion powder
Dried oregano
Good-quality olive oil
Grated parmesan cheese(buy a block of cheese and a grater, that canned stuff is like talcum powder with salt)
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook pasta until it's al dente, drain. Do not rinse. Drizzle enough oil over pasta so that it lightly coats it all after being tossed. Place in large serving bowl, sprinkle the garlic and onion powder over the pasta. Grate some parmesan cheese into the pasta. Crush the dried oregano between your fingers and sprinkle lightly on pasta. Toss. Add the salt (be careful, parmesan is very salty), and pepper to taste. Enjoy! This can actually be a classy light lunch if you replace the garlic and onion powder with sautéed garlic and some caramelized onions.

Tortilla Cinnamon Crisps

1-2 tortillas
2 tbls corn or peanut oil
Granulated sugar

Heat oil in a skillet; make sure its good and hot, but not smoking. With tongs, carefully lay a tortilla into the oil and fry 20-30 seconds on each side till golden brown. Remove from oil, pat off the excess oil with some paper towels. then sprinkle with equal parts sugar and cinnamon. It's like a churro, only round and flat, yay!

I'm sure I'll add more later, since I find myself in this situation quite often.