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 week of Aug 2, 2015


Monday – veggie burgers and corn on the cob (meatless)

Tuesday – crock pot beenie weenie “chili”

Wednesday – special summer vacation request from the padawan…macaroni and cheese

Thursday – Green bean tofu fried rice

Friday – fish n chips


Rock and Roll Vampire


Do my eyes look red?

Luckily it’s from sleep deprivation if they do, and not anything more sinister. Although if we stick with The Vampire Diet’s analogy between eating poorly and monster type vampirism, was on a full on feeding frenzy yesterday.

Hubster is playing drums for the local “alterna-wave” band Egomyth. They had a big show yesterday at Spirit in the Lawerenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh opening for The Teen Age and Lazyeyes from Brooklyn…yep, that Brooklyn. Those guys are playing hardball with the big boys, and Lazyeyes even performed at SXSW this past spring I’m told (insert big fan-girl squee! here)

This was the first time I have been able to go to a show and see Egomyth perform live, which was a treat after jamming to the rehearsal tracks on the computer for months now. I may sing like a tone deaf walrus with laryngitis, but I loved howling out “sins of another” with the rest of the audience!

Long story short, we had a busy rock and roll kind of day yesterday subsisting on donuts and pizza. The good stuff too…Dunkin and Mineos respectively.

I felt young again. It was worth every calorie.

Ok, I know all you SWDs (skinny wench dietitians) are out there tut-tutting me for committing sins of sugar and then holding them up as a good, life-affirming thing. Go right ahead. I hope all the tongue cluckers sprain a glossal muscle…

Everything in moderation, including moderation.

A day like yesterday only proves, in my mind, the value of attitude, mood, mindset, and stress management in a balanced healthy lifestyle. The occasional bender might not be a good idea for people with drug or alcohol addictions…but I’m not convinced that food is addiction as some people insist. The whole junk food as “addiction” thing feels like an excuse to me…something to blame besides ourselves for what we shove in our face hole. Food is necessary. You can’t abstain from eating. WHAT we eat, for most of us in America is a CHOICE. I’m not convinced there is physical or psychological addiction, even with consumer-grabbing marketing engineered products. Mindlessness is a problem, yes. But that is a very different thing.

A rock and roll day like yesterday in the middle of a sea of attempting to eat well was an attention-getter and attention-shifter. A little liberation shows, by comparison, how satisfying “good” food is after you’ve been with it for a while. It can be a mental vacation that lets us get back to it the day after. You can’t eat rock and roll ALL the time and be physically healthy. In my personal private non-recommending opinion, you can’t be anal obsessive health freaky ALL the time and be mentally healthy either. Every now and then it pays to give in to authenticity rather than authority.

Rock on.


Monday – bean and cheese burritos (meatless) with salsa and guacamole

Tuesday – beenie weenie soup

Wednesday – Turkey Mac (“hamburger helper” – homestyle)

Thursday – Polynesian rice bowl

Friday – yakionigiri (fried rice cakes with fish filling)