Posts Tagged: cooking

I’ve got a plan

Coming off a successful year of cooking all-new recipes, I was wondering what I could do for next year. Should I start over? Should I take up baking? I was undecided until the family Christmas dinner. Because of that, I’ve got a plan. Beyond the usual spiral ham and other associated dishes, my brother-in-law produced… Read more »

Malady or malaise

A little coughing, a little achy and a lot of ennui. I’ve returned to the keyboard to blog for the first time in two weeks and I’m unclear the reason for the time away. There is some doubt whether I’ve been slightly sick or just slightly meh. In either case, it led to a couple… Read more »

Guess who’s coming to dinner

Twice a year I host a cookout at my house. In May, for my birthday, it’s a BBQ.  In October, for Halloween, it’s a dinner. Two months before the event, I send out an email invitation to everyone with the basics – time, day, occasion, menu hints and a request for advance notification of attendance…. Read more »

Chickening out

I feel like I’ve got three tons of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The dilemma with “family pack” sales for me is that I’m a family of one, but I just can’t resist those terrific meat prices. Normally, I break down and separately wrap all my family packs, but for some reason I didn’t get to… Read more »

It ain’t Christmas!

Eighteen years. That’s how long I’ve been doing this. Halloween is different from Christmas in many ways and not just the obvious nature of the holiday. The differences for me are significant.  While both holidays require consideration of what gifts to give, Halloween is the one where I’m giving gifts to people I don’t know. … Read more »

The final countdown

Less than 24 hours away from the birthday BBQ, and it’s been perfect all day until right after I scrubbed and dried the back patio (if you haven’t read them yet, check out Jeffrey’s Laws  to see why this was not surprising). After showering and doing some more prep, I’m in my last break for… Read more »

Kougaling

Holidays galore this weekend! I was invited to three dinners (two Passover seders and an Easter dinner) which meant I needed to come up with three things to bring with me.  It’s standard dinner etiquette to bring something with you to someone’s meal. In my case, I brought only one thing, cooked three days in… Read more »

No more mouths to feed

You wouldn’t have to be a detective in the class of the famed (and fictional) Sherlock Holmes to figure out I enjoy cooking.  There are literally dozens of clues strewn throughout the many posts in this blog.  I believe there might even be one entirely on cooking, which constitutes a bit more than a “clue”…. Read more »

“Don’t make fun of your Grandma!”

Mom week continues, with a tip of the memory to the previous generation. Before I get into telling tales of Mom, no tribute would be complete without some thoughts and smiles about Grandma. After my parents divorced, visitation to Dad and his side of the family took the form of my sister and me spending… Read more »

A home filled with love….and hate

Two words that are overused (or perhaps just carelessly?) in everyday conversation.  I think that tends to unfairly weaken the power of the former and unwisely soften the meanness of the latter. I mean, really, we “love” everything from TV shows to food to inanimate objects.  What does that say about our love for each… Read more »