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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

What's for Dinner, Pop?

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!
Teresa
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15 comments:

  1. An enjoyable read, Teresa!
    Happy cooking! : )

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  2. LOL - I can relate, but for a different reason. After 35 years of marriage, I'm just flat out TIRED of cooking! I'll use any excuse not to fix dinner, too! That being said, I'm not a bad cook and I do still enjoy trying out new recipes (occasionally!). I look forward to reading about all your new recipe adventures!

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  3. I laughed all the way through the post, A great post. Good luck and I hope it all turns out edible xx

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  4. I'm tired of cooking, and don't enjoy the process, or trying to figure out what to make. I feel like I do the same ol' thing over and over. When I win the lottery, I will hire someone to clean my house and to cook!

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  5. We have a lot in common. I'm not sure I have ever posted a recipe or food photo on my blog. And, while I follow your quilting board on Pinterest, I've never checked out your recipe board. If you do burn the house down, give me a call. I will happily drive you to Whittle's to restock your fabric stash.

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  6. Really enjoyed this post. Those pork chops sound yummy.

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  7. I don't cook very often. Not only do I really not enjoy it, but I find it too difficult to pull myself away from my quilting. ;-) Thankfully my hubby knows this (and more importantly tolerates it and even more importantly loves me in spite of it) and will grill something for dinner. He's not a great cook, but he does a fine job at the grill, so we don't go hungry. ;-) Maybe I need to order that cookbook and actually cook once in a while. Ha!

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  8. alas... i feel your pain!! i do LOVE to cook.. but time is not on my side, but i'll tell ya, i do know that i have had cookbooks i've never cooked from! but they are so fun to look at ... so it's all GOOD!! {alas... perhaps not so much??!!} looking forward to your next post!

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  9. Oh dear... hope you don't burn the house down or get food poisoning!
    Good luck!

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  10. Great post! Hopefully the house is standing and the fire department did not have to make a visit to your house this evening =) I'd hate to have your stash and beautiful quilts damaged.
    You may find your granddaughter likes to cook and maybe she'll take over with supervision for the summer! It is always easy to grill some meat and throw it over a green salad - a nice light dinner on a hot summer day.

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  11. That sounds delicious! I have always loved cooking and trying new recipes. I can't wait to read how it turns out.

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  12. I really enjoyed your post! You had me smiling all the way through! I hope your pork chops turn out okay! After almost 43 years of marriage, I am a little tired of cooking, but my husband thinks I am a great cook so that helps! I do try to cook meals that we can get more than one dinner out, that cuts down on my time in the kitchen at least. Have fun trying out those new recipes!

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  13. Sounds to me like you are a good cook...but I too tire of cooking or having to com eup with something good. I just stick to the same ole things...I need to break out of my comfort zone.

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  14. Your post made me laugh out loud in many places. I like to cook but find that I don't want to take the time for just 2 of us, especially when DH eats it in 5 mins and it takes me at least an hour or more to make a good meal. I collect cookbooks too, but must admit that I've not even made one recipe from some of them. The pictures are pretty though.

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  15. ROFL. I am a good cook, but I get tired of cooking. DH makes breakfast on the weekends, canned biscuits, scrambled eggs, and sausage. One day he wanted biscuits and sausage gravy, but we were out of the canned biscuits I told him no problem whipped up the most beautiful fluffy wonderful biscuits. He looked at me and asked me. How long have you been able to make biscuits? I told him for many years, but if you knew I could cook them you wouldn't make me breakfast anymore. A girl has to hold something back.

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