Menu Ideas week of March 27


I suck at making easter dinner.

When youngling was really young, we watched an episode of Spongebob Squarepants. His grandmother made him a sweater “with love in every stitch”. Cooking is a little like that. I love cooking and baking at Yuletime. Everybody has holidays that time of year and the whole mishmash cookie loving thing is an expression of joy, light and the human spirit. I’m into it.

Easter is another story. It’s something I do for other people. It has zero meaning to me. Zip, ziltch, nothing. Spring equinox was a week ago. Happy renewal and spring everyone…but easter? It has taken years for me to go from actively disliking it to mere apathy, and it shows. Don’t get me wrong…loves me some ham and chocolates…but cooking mojo goes out the window when you just aren’t feeling it. Today I’m making the exact same meal we had for Christmas (we like it that much) but with twice the mess in the kitchen and the general lacking of some intangible something that I just can’t figure. Hopefully they won’t notice the difference. Maybe it’s my imagination. Don’t know. Doesn’t matter. I’ll get the ham glaze chiseled off of the stove eventually.

For those of you who do celebrate easter, may you have a lovely day, without your ham glaze boiling over.

For those of you who don’t celebrate easter….let’s go have a cup of coffee and a slightly overcooked brownie for tomorrow is another day

Wonderful Weekend to everyone!


Monday – Ham & potato soup (leftovers!)

Tuesday – chicken alfredo

Wednesday – veggie lasagne (meatless)

Thursday – Grilled cheese and tomato soup

Friday – beef & bean chimichungas

Menu Ideas 3 March 2013



Was racking my brain for menu ideas this week. That’s usually a good sign it is time for some family favorite comfort foods.


Monday – Spaghetti with meat sauce

Tuesday – Shepherd’s Pie (this recipe from cooking channel’s “Nadia G’s Bitchen Kitchen” is my favorite) 

Wednesday – Pink Chili and cornbread

Thursday – Tomato soup and grilled  cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread

Friday – Terriyaki Salmon  with buttered broccoli

Everybody Wants Some


I’ve been thinking about taking pictures of recipes to post here. Everyone says that’s a big part of a successful food blog. Everybody wants some – pretty, appetizing, attractive photos to go with recipes.

I doubt that it is going to happen. My favorite cookbook doesn’t have a single photo that I can think of (Better Homes and Gardens “The New Cookbook” with the red and white checkered cover). Even when photos are there, my stuff never looks like the photos – even the “successes”, never mind the epic fails. TV shows that teach technique as much as “recipe” have been way, way more helpful than any given still photo. Especially in a horror-movie themed book / blog written by a person whose culinary “point of view” is somewhere between the “Everybody Wants Some” scene from the movie “Better Off Dead”


and the cook from “City Slickers” who said “it’s hot, it’s brown, and they’s lots of it”


Given the choice of making it look nice or making it taste good, what would Dracula do?


So there you have it….warm up your Tesla coils, stir the campfire baked beans, and don’t expect any pretty recipe pictures from the vampire kitchen. After all, with your mad cooking skills, who needs them?