Saturday, October 6, 2012

What's For Dinner Dear?

Remember TV Dinners?
Let’s face it; grill season is over (on our side of the hemisphere). Women are reclaiming their kitchens and men are going back to what they do best, staying out of the kitchen until the magic words, “Dinner is ready!” If you love to cook and have the time and money to do it (let’s face it, good food costs-- which means better produce = more money) then you are in luck. On the other hand you are on a budget and your time is spent on a dozen other things. You know… things like a paying job, children, pets, errands, not to mention the book you are working on, or a project that is important to you. For some of you, “Take-out” is the answer. For some it would be frozen dinners or pizza, and for a lucky few it will be the words, “Let’s go out for dinner sweetheart.” Yeah right, here that only happens on special occasions and not always even then. A simple hamburger plate with fries in Norway costs the same as a gourmet meal in the states. I put away my restaurant clothes and shoes a long time ago.

So, you have stumbled onto my blog today and want to know what’s for dinner. Maybe you are like me, the dinner decision maker, the almighty coupon queen, (I really miss coupons) and the leftover expert. You found out the hard way that putting all leftovers in a pot and adding water does not make good soup. Despite my needs, not all leftovers go together. At a time of crises when both your credit card and bank card are as empty as the wallet in your pocket, and your cupboards are bare, your leftovers are not an option, what do you do? You still have options. Our mother had emergency supplies for such an occasion. We always had milk, butter, bread and flour in the house so toast with white sauce can do miracles with the right kind of what- ever else you have in the fridge .My favorite option  is to call up one of my children and ask them the question they have asked me so many times before…What’s for dinner? If you don’t have children there is always family or friends. If none of these options apply then you are out of luck. All other options I can think of are illegal. Tonight I am lucky, my left- overs go together.

What are you having for dinner tonight?
Have a great week-end and stay out of jail.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I had chicken burgers and mashed potatoes. Odd combination but that was what the wife was craving.
I think the last time I had a TV dinner was in college. I doubt they've improved since then.

Shelly said...

Tonight we went to Sonny's BBQ. I had mesquite rubbed ribs while Sweetman had chicken.

Hugs and chocolate,


D.G. Hudson said...

We use crepes I make and freeze for quick thaw dinners. We always have the basics: butter, flour, milk, and eggs.

Tonight: Seafood chowder, made with whitefish and prawns, white beans and seasonings. We had the fish and prawns and picked up the dry seasoning packet, at a nearby store.

Have a great weekend.

Botanist said...

We are about to have fish pie & salad. Pie = white sauce with fish & seafood in it, topped with mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of cheese browned in the oven.

Good ingredients may cost, but not as much as "fast" food, let alone restaurants. And not all men are foreigners to the kitchen :)

Yolanda Renée said...

A green salad and BBQ chicken wings.


Ghadeer said...

I'm glad I'm not in charge of dinner decisions and can rely on my super-hero mommy always :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Sis,

Wow... how expensive in Norway to eat out... That's got to be depressing. I really don't like to eat at home every night for weeks on end. I need to air out... LOL. But it's usually diner food which I am lucky enough to have a good one around the corner. There are TONS of reasonable restaurants in my neighborhood... Chicagoans LOVE to EAT and DRINK out.

My din din? A lovely spinach and mixed greens salad with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and chunks of butter nut squash with a small skirt steak. Yum..