This morning I was pondering that same, tired, age-old question - What's for dinner?
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When my husband's daughter was still at home, we lived in North Carolina and both my husband and I still worked. Because My Guy enjoys cooking - and unfortunately I do not - he often used to cook our main evening meals. Renee would come home from school every afternoon and ask, "What's for dinner, Pop?" She still asks that when we FaceTime occasionally - it reminds us all of good memories! And isn't that one of the wonderful benefits of sharing good food together..... the happy, satisfied memories we take with us afterward?
Today, I do most of the cooking since I am blessed to be able to stay home while My Guy still works. I'd love to say that I repay his kindness in working our finances out so that I can stay home by preparing wonderful, healthy meals at the end of each day......
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..... but alas (I really do love that word!) this is not the case - the ugly truth is that I cook just well enough to keep us from starving to death !!!
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I SO admire good cooks! My mother is one. Indeed, we look forward to visits to Mom's so we can get a lovely, well-balanced, delicious meal. Needless to say, my husband takes care to stay in her good graces so he can be gifted with her amazing meat loaf at least once a year! Many of you are good cooks - I know because I read your blogs and see all the lovely food you present to your family. I even print off and save every recipe you share. Have I actually made any of them? Well, no, not so much!
Over the years, I have cobbled together a group of simple recipes that we both like, and I seem to manage to put these meals on the table without burning the house down or sending us to the bathroom for the rest of the evening LOL!!! Mom has shared a few of hers that I can do pretty well, so long as I follow her recipe to the letter. My meat loaf never tastes exactly like hers, but it is usually edible. But quite frankly, as I already mentioned, I don't enjoy cooking, so I often look for excuses - any excuse will do! - to have a meal that is simple and quickly done! And we do get tired of the same-old-same-old, you know what I mean?
I often Pin wonderful looking recipes to my Pinterest Board - "Recipes I'd Like to Try" - you can see it HERE if you like. Some yummy stuff!!!! Have I tried any of it? Well, no, not so much!
If you've been following my blog for any time at all, then you know that one of my favorite places to go on quilt retreat is The Red Rooster, right? And one of the reasons we love it so much there is because Jennifer is SUCH a good cook and the food is always amazing!!! We look forward to meals there as much as the fellowship and the quilting - no kidding!
The last time I was there, I told My Guy about the yummy Parmesan Pork Chops we had been served that night, and his voice got that wistful, little boy quality - you know the one? - as he asked, how would one make parmesan pork chops? I had to admit to him that I had had Jennifer's cookbook in our house now for at least 2 YEARS and never cooked even one recipe! *hanging head in shame* I felt like such a BAD wife!!!! So, I determined that when I returned home I would begin to try to make Jennifer's recipes, one by one.
So tonight I'm planning to prepare Parmesan Pork Chops, with Crunchy Slaw as our side dish - two new recipes from the cookbook!!! Of course, I'll take pictures and update you tomorrow on how it goes! Note: If you don't hear from me after today, you'll know that I burned the house down and it may take a while to relocate, set up a computer, and get back to blogging! :*D
Since our granddaughter is coming for a nice, long visit this summer, I'm hoping to try out quite a few new recipes ..... some from the RR cookbook, and some from all of you that you have shared in the past. My plan is to try out at least one new recipe each week, maybe more if I begin to feel really adventurous. Perhaps Sara would even enjoy learning to cook some of these with me?
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn't give you a link to this wonderful cook book! You can contact The Red Rooster HERE to get your own copy of Jennifer's most delicious recipes!!!
Hugs & Blessings!