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November 11, 2010

I am not a food blogger…

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… but, I take pictures of food.  Sometimes, those food pictures have become posts for recipes that I have shared with you.  Other times, the photos just sit there in my archives, sadly unused.  My sister recently came up with a name for this situation: Recipe Distraction Disorder.  She is a food blogger, however, so it seems somehow appropriate that she should have pictures of food all over her hard drive.  I sure as heck don’t fancy myself as a great cook, but I am capable of following a recipe and putting something decent to eat on the table.  On occasion, I have made something pretty darn good.  Since I started this blog in April,  I have thought to take pictures along the way when I have been in the process of cooking something that seems interesting or different that I’ve thought folks might like to read about or try for themselves.  Recipe Distraction Disorder (or RDD) seems to keep me from following through.  For example, back in June, I took some shots of my favorite grilled pizza  recipe:

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That’s the crust, just in from the grill

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A trying-to-be-interesting shot of garlic and olive oil about to be brushed on the crust

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And the finished, gooey, cheese pizza.  Did I ever share this recipe with you?  Nope.  It is now November.  How many of you would even be interested in a recipe like this at this time of year?

Check out this one, from early July:
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Berry muffins of some sort.  No other pictures accompany this one.  I’m thinking they are raspberry and blueberry, due to my abundant raspberry crop this year.  No notes or hint of a recipe appear anywhere around them.

For this one, I actually took a picture of the recipe…
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the ingredients..
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and mixing up the sauce…
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… but no finished product!  I don’t even remember what we thought of it when we ate it.

Here’s some grilled chicken.
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I often grill up some chicken on the George Foreman to add to a recipe.  What recipe was this for?  Haven’t got a clue.

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A lone tomato.  Maybe I was just trying to be artsy with this one.  Maybe I was creating a memory of one of my favorite parts of summer.  Maybe I was just looking for another excuse to use Andre, or Cameron, or Bob, or whatever his name is.   But technically, another picture of food.

So where the heck am I going with all this?  To a request from you, dear reader.  I get into ruts with my dinners.  I end up making the same old meals over and over again.  I want to start being more organized with my food planning.  I’d like to remember recipes that the family enjoys so that I can make them again, and skip the ones that were met with less-than-favorable reviews.  Do you plan out a week of meals at a time?  Do you save recipes that you really like?  How do you organize dinner planning?  Do you decide what is for dinner each day on your way home from work?  How many times a week do you go to the grocery store or get take-out or eat out? Do you use or read any sort of online site to help you with these things on a regular basis?  Do you have any awesome, family-pleasing recipes to share with me? Please tell me any or all of these things in the comments.  If I end up getting a lot of great ideas from you all (feel free to share links to anything you find helpful), maybe I could do a follow up post for everyone to share.  I’d love to have lots of people participate in this, so if there is any chance you wouldn’t mind sharing this in a blog post or tweet or Facebook post of your own, I’d really appreciate it.

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48 Comments »

  1. I love that tomato picture!

    I think if you’ve been following along on my blog, you should have already gotten some great ideas! 😉
    Seriously, I am all over the place. Sometimes I plan a lot, other times I wing it. I do love this time of year though for soups, stews and casseroles! I am enjoying the meat CSA I joined because it is forcing me to be more creative – here’s a cut of meat, now do something with it!! Tonight it is pork stew with sweet potatoes from Pam Anderson’s Perfect One Dish Dinners, a recipe I tried specifically because I got some pork shoulder meat in one of my shipments and we all loved it.

    Comment by Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) — November 11, 2010 @ 10:53 am | Reply

    • It is true you have some great ideas, but a lot of your fantastic looking food often has ingredients my family would reject. I am thinking about that fabulous looking chicken pot pie with the biscuits though!

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  2. I have numerous stories from my Chief Cook and Bottle Washer days, some of them hilarious. Must think about something resembling good advice. It will not be good cooking advice, you understand, just good feeding and eating advice. I’m much better at that last part. Pretty darned good in fact.

    That is a gorgeous tomato. Ironically, I have a gorgeous tomato photo too–one that I have not posted. I believe I will use it in a post linking to this. It will be utterly appropriate. I think you may have backed into a blogly challenge. Do you have a deadline in mind?

    Comment by Gerry — November 11, 2010 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

    • I hope this does turn into some sort of blogly challenge, Gerry! That would be great. I didn’t have a specific deadline in mind, but maybe by the Thanksgiving weekend would be nice. If I could do a “round-up” before we all get too busy planning for the next holidays, perhaps it could be helpful to some folks at a busy time of the year. I’d love some stories and feeding advice from your Chief Cook and Bottle Washer days!

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  3. I love to cook and bake! Unfortunately, there’s only two of us now and all of the recipes in my head are for a large family – no end to the leftovers! 🙂 Sometimes I wing it and sometimes I plan and right now, I’m very tired of everything I make….I, too, am in a rut. I love to try new recipes, but my husband is definitely a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy – not prone to trying/liking new things. Bleah!?!?! I rip recipes out of magazines all the time – we always had a rule when the kids were younger and I tried a new one. If the majority of the family liked it, they voted it as a ‘keeper.’ If not, the recipe went in the circular file. The only one I can really remember them not liking was chicken strips in an oriental-type peanut saus – I loved it. They still bring it up after almost 15 years!
    😦 I keep telling them that it’s just time to let it go 🙂 Can’t wait to hear if there are new ideas – broaden my rutted horizons!

    Comment by Cindy Lou — November 11, 2010 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

    • Cindy, I’d love it if you’d share some of your large family recipes! Even if we didn’t finish them at dinner time, hubby and I are fond of leftovers for lunch the next day. I will email you so that you’ll have my email address, then you could send me some recipes if you’d like to share!

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  4. Here’s what I do, which I started about 14 years ago when I got sick of wanting to make something and not have all the necessary ingredients on hand which then meant several trips to the grocery store per week. I make a menu out each week before I go grocery shopping. I look at the recipes I’m going to use that week and double check the pantry and fridge to see what ingredients we have and those we need to buy. Of course I add those staples we need every week to the list as well (milk, bread, cereal, fruit, etc.) The menu planning works for us and we love it because there is never a wonder about what to cook for dinner. I know what to take out of the freezer in the morning, I don’t have to think about what to make, there is balance in our week (a few vegetarian meals tossed in amongst those that have meat), etc. If we don’t want to have what is planned for a particular day, then we just choose something from another day and switch the menu around.

    As far as adding new recipes, I peruse my cookbooks and save recipes from magazines, etc., that I want to try and I keep a list of them. I check this list when making my menus and see what new recipe we want to try, if any that week. As I use the new recipes, if I like them, they stay in my rotation of recipes. If I don’t, then I don’t make them again. I note in my cookbooks those that I like, don’t like, and any changes I would make to the recipe the next time I make it.

    Like I said, this works for us and we love it. My husband loves the menu — he always knows what is for dinner! I love it because I don’t have to run to the store to get a needed ingredient, I don’t have to think about what to make for dinner every day (only once a week when I make the menu), etc. If you don’t want to come up with a weeks worth of meals, you could ask hubby and the girls to pick one meal each, and then you’ll only have to pick the remaining days of the week.

    Good luck, I hope this helps. I can’t wait to read the other ideas. Also, love the picture of the tomato. Brought me right back to summer. 😉

    Comment by Andrea — November 11, 2010 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

    • I “kind of” plan a menu each week. Usually though, I leave figuring out the menu until Sunday morning, which is when I go grocery shopping. Hubby and I usually try to plan out at least 4-5 meals to get us through the beginning of the week, then leave the end of the week “up in the air.” It has been different these last few weeks with him home from work, but soon he’ll be returning to his 4-midnight shift, so he’s only here to eat with us 2 nights a week.

      Do you cook from recipes in books or magazines each week, Andrea? Do you have “staple” recipes in your mind that you always use? Do you have a place to refer to your rotation of recipes?

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

      • I don’t usually try new recipes every week, but several times a month we try something new. It really depends on the week — how busy it will be, if Derrick will be around for dinner, etc., if we try something new. Yes, I always have my staple recipes, the standards, that I always use. They are ones that all of us will eat and are easy to make. I keep a list of these as well and try to rotate them so we don’t eat the same things all the time. We only get take-out a few nights a month, mainly because Derrick and I are trying to lose weight, and take-out can have more calories and fat than we want.

        I keep things in the freezer that are easy to make too, in case the day is busier than planned. These also come in handy if Derrick is out of town and it is just Heather and I. I keep Trader Joe’s pizza, fish filets, veggie burritos and easy things like that to heat up, just in case. Heather loves fish, so we eat a lot of it.

        Also, when making up my menu, I keep the season in mind so I can get fresher veggies. I also make a batch of soup almost every week in the fall and winter. That’s really good for a quick dinner, especially if we have a sandwich and fruit to go with it. I make soup and sandwiches for dinner a lot, especially when it is just Heather and I.

        Some times our menu just says, “Chicken and veggies.” Then, I season the chicken with whatever I feel like that day and cook whatever fresh veggies looked good at the store when I shopped. So I’m not following a “recipe” every day, but I know what we are having and I have all the ingredients.

        Comment by Andrea — November 11, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

      • How about emailing me or Facebooking me some of your meal plans, Andrea? Maybe you’ve got some ideas I haven’t tried, or haven’t thought of recently. If you have the time to write a few out, I’d love to see them!

        Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

  5. I can do cheese on toast… and sometimes I’ll put brown sauce on it for that extra bit of zing… Yeah ok, I guess it’s best I leave the food blogging to those that know what they’re doing… Now where’s my slice of pizza ???… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — November 11, 2010 @ 3:22 pm | Reply

    • Oddly enough, we kind of joke in this country about England not being known for its culinary delights;cheese on toast with brown sauce isn’t doing much to change that impression! 😉 Any chance of you proving us wrong and sending along a recipe for something lovely that your wife or another family member makes?

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

      • Haha… And even funnier is our similar view of the lack of culinary delicacies in the US… I don’t think I’d have much to offer in the way of recipes though, as my wife tends to cheat quite a lot… lol..

        Comment by FS Photography — November 12, 2010 @ 4:58 pm

      • I think Americans like to steal other cultures’ great foods and put our own twists on them. I guess you could probably say that about a lot of things in American culture!

        Comment by Karma — November 13, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  6. Loved this post! Very good read!

    I love to cook. There is just something so interesting, fulfilling, and pleasing to me. And it is purposeful. I love to especially do things from scratch. The way it would have been done years ago. Like roasting pumpkin or making croutons from scratch. Anyway, to answer some questions, I try to only hit the store once a week. But I have a deep freezer in my garage. I keep various meats in there. I also make big batches of stuff, soup, chili, enchiladas, lasagna, pot pie, etc and freeze the left overs for a quick meal later. I do search online for recipes. Love pioneer woman. Love to try recipes that people review on sites and get great reviews.

    I would love to try some of your recipes if you recover from RDD. LOL

    Comment by plainmama — November 11, 2010 @ 3:47 pm | Reply

    • Ah, yes, the deep freeze method! Something I wouldn’t mind trying except that my freezer is way too small. If you have any favorite recipes you’ve accumulated, please share!

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

  7. Why did I come here??? I’m already starving, and all those pictures of food aren’t helping! Love that tomato pic, btw!
    We go grocery shopping every Saturday morning (and get whatever we couldn’t get Saturday, at a different store on Sunday). I plan out the whole week Saturday morning, because there’s just nothing like waiting until the last minute 😉 I’m always greatful when I can talk Greg into cooking once a week, or I try to make a dish that’s enough for two days (like spaghetti). It really varies how often we go out to eat, or get take-out. Sometimes it’s only once a month, other times it’s 3-4 times a month. Today is one of those lucky days….. if Greg ever gets off that conference call with work!

    Comment by thedailyclick — November 11, 2010 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

    • How do you plan your week, Michaela? Do you go through cookbooks or magazines or online? Do you just go from a reliable set of family meals stored in your head? Inquiring minds want to know!

      Comment by Karma — November 11, 2010 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

      • Haha, I plan my week on Saturday morning, only hours before we go grocery shopping. My kids are really picky eaters (Melissa is sooooo much worse than Sara!), so it’s pretty much the same stuff every few weeks. I usually stick to quick and easy (and not something with a thousand ingredients!), too, because I really don’t want to waste all day in the kitchen.
        Recipes come from magazines, family, friends, etc. I have most of them on recipe cards, a few are in cookbooks.

        Comment by thedailyclick — November 13, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

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  9. I love, love, LOVE your lone tomato shot. Seriously. I love it.

    I empathize with you. I have the same disorder. I blogged about being stuck in a rut with the intention of trying a new recipe every week and then blogging about it but I would prep the food, cook the food, take photos along the way, and then not get around to blogging about it. I think I managed 3 or 4 posts (under the title “stuck in a rut”).

    Last year I spent a month taking photos of food in an attempt to learn more about photographing food. It was an interesting experiment, having to post a food photo every day. The bonus was that I did learn a lot.

    None of which answers your questions. My cooking routine is fairly simple. Make a curry once a week. If the curry doesn’t include beans, make a bean dish once a week. Make a fish dish once a week. We usually end up eating leftovers on the other days because I always make too much. I learned to cook in bulk and still haven’t figured out how to cook for two.

    Comment by Robin — November 11, 2010 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Thank you – that tomato has been quite popular here!

      I’m learning from people’s comments that getting out of the rut seems to require organization. I’ve heard people speak of making curry before, and always assumed it was one particular dish, probably using the spice curry (I’m not a fan) in some Indian style dish. But you refer to “a curry” – making it sound like it could be many things. Is this the case?

      Comment by Karma — November 12, 2010 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

      • Well, as I understand it, “curry” is a generic term for certain Asian dishes. I think it originated with the Europeans (or non-Asians). Most non-Asians are familiar with Indian and Thai curries. I didn’t used to like what I think of as Indian curries, mostly because I’m not a fan of the spice called “curry” either.

        A friend (from England) introduced me to making curries using a wide variety of spices which is how these dishes are traditionally made in India. I taste-tested some of the spices so I’d know what I like and what I don’t like.

        I also like Thai curries which use Thai curry pastes (which are basically chili pastes of varying degrees of hotness).

        The short answer to your question would have been, “Yes.” lol!

        Comment by Robin — November 13, 2010 @ 12:15 am

  10. I usually look up recipes online – find a soup or stew and then a casserole or two. I go shopping and make this all on Sunday so Gil and I have lunches for the week. If I have the casserole for lunch (which is easier to transport to school) I have the soup for dinner. By the end of the week we may run out of stuff, but I usually have spaghetti or fish on hand (halibut caught this summmer) that I can use – or we order out. I would like to have salad on occasion for dinner but the produce up here sucks. If it isn’t used in 24 hours it goes bad (and it is expensive.) I do use frozen veggies as dinners on occasion.
    Rachel Ray recipes are my favorite for something that tastes good but doesn’t take long to cook. I also use allrecipes.com
    If I get a recipe online I print it out and put it in a binder. If it came out good I write “wow” or whatever on the page – otherwise I throw it out.
    If Gil is going to be working or not at home for dinner I will get sushi since he hates it (calls it “bait”).

    Comment by Cindy — November 11, 2010 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog to offer your ideas, Cindy-sister-in-law!

      I like the binder idea – I’ve been trying to think of a way of being more organized; a binder could be the first step.

      Comment by Karma — November 12, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  11. Tomato pic is awesome. Seriously. Great lighting and composition!

    Hubby and I are SERIOUS foodies and we love, love, LOVE to cook! So much so that we rarely eat out. Surprisingly, we don’t really plan our meals. We simply have our fridge/freezer set up such that we can pretty much decide on dinner based upon ingredients we keep on hand. We only food shop once a week (typically, Sunday afternoons/evenings) which gives us fresh ingredients for the week, however, we may go to the local butcher to buy fresh meats as we need them.

    Our menus change with the seasons and we can get inspiration just about anywhere (magazines, food network shows, friends, rerstaurants, etc.).

    Like Cindy, I too have a binder of recipes. Ones that we try get printed and if they are keepers, then they get laminated and become a permanent part of the binder.

    Our dinners are very varied and during the week we go for relatively easy dishes to prepare. Boneless chicken breast can be transformed into parmesan-crusted scallopine (delicious sliced and served over a hearty salad OR covered in a variety of sauces and served with pasta), or lemon chicken or chicken marsala (either served with rice and veggies). We also love lamb (nothing quicker than lamb chops seared in a hot pan then served with a sauce made with wine, chicken stock, thyme and dried cherries) and of course, steak! We aslo enjoy pasta and rice dishes – stuffed shells, penne in vodka sauce, chicken/brocolli/ziti, gnocchi w/bolognase and risotto (various concotions). Pizza and calzone are also a quick option during the week using dough purchased from our local Bertuccis. Hubby isn’t a huge seafood fan, but we do enjoy shrimp, Ahi tuna and tilapia – all very quick to prepare. Right now, I am missing Summer which is FULL of nights where the grill is KING (burgers, steaks, chicken, shrimp, grilled veggies, etc.).

    We also like ‘breakfast for dinner’ and have been known to partake in eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, French toast or crepes since these things are fast. My best tip for anyone trying to plan for easy dinners is to package frozen ingredients in portions that you will use. For example, a lb of bacon is broken up into individual packets of 3-4 slices, which is enough to be a base for sauces, or a side, or wrapped around filets of beef. Same goes for portioning chicken breasts, pork chops, steaks, etc.

    Comment by milkayphoto — November 12, 2010 @ 10:08 am | Reply

    • Hey Miss Milkay,

      Can I come eat at your house? 🙂

      Comment by Cindy Lou — November 12, 2010 @ 11:29 am | Reply

      • Sure! But, you MUST bring the wine and bread! 🙂

        Comment by milkayphoto — November 12, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    • Thanks for sharing your ideas, Tracy. Nice to hear from a foodie! And another vote for the binder. I’m thinking I should get myself one, and maybe some of those plastic binder insert pages, since I’d never be organized enough to laminate.

      Any chance you might take any pictures while you are making dinner over the next week or so and post a recipe or two? If you didn’t want to post at your own place, you could email it to me!

      Comment by Karma — November 12, 2010 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

      • I am guessing you are forgetting that I’m in the middle (well, now, sort of near the END, thank goodness) of a kitchen remodel?? Sooooo, it may be a bit before I’m taking any snapshots of my dinners! 🙂

        I will keep your request in mind and yes, if I see something particularly photo-worthy, I will send you pix (and recipes if I have them…like others, once you learn to cook, it is sort of a ‘little of this, a little of that…cook until done…’) 😉

        Comment by milkayphoto — November 12, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

      • I did forget about your re-model Tracy! Hope it is going well for you. I imagine you are chomping at the bits to have everything ready for the holidays.

        Comment by Karma — November 13, 2010 @ 8:23 am

  12. Now I’m very hungry! The lone tomato was the most tempting and beautifully displayed of all! I love that part of summer, too, tomatoes fresh from the garden. Hmmmm….

    Cooking is not my thing and I’m eternally grateful that my sister-in-law loves to cook and that she hosts Thanksgiving every year. Phew!! It’s worth the trip to Virginia and I’m perfectly happy to clean up the kitchen afterward. The thing I’ve learned about really good cooks like Fran is that they rarely follow a recipe. If I ask her, “How long should that stay in the oven?” she will say “Until it’s done,” as if I would know how to tell if it was done. Like a very talented musician or artist, she doesn’t know how to explain what she knows and does, she just does it without measuring or timing or instructions. And Fran’s meals are out of this world!

    It’s just Tim and me at home now, so he gets a decent meal at work and for a light supper we poke around the kitchen and fend for ourselves. So I have nothing to offer you except sympathy because I have struggled with that cooking rut for many years when the kids were still at home…

    Comment by Barbara — November 12, 2010 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for the sympathy, Barbara. I get food-bored very easily. So far people are sharing great ideas, and I have a feeling many of them might work like your sister-in-law and not use recipes. My mom rarely cooked from recipes when I was a kid. I have stand-by’s that I don’t need recipes for, but those are the things that have caused me to be stuck in this rut!

      Comment by Karma — November 12, 2010 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  13. ‘K – wine and bread are on the list!

    Comment by Cindy Lou — November 12, 2010 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

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  15. I found you through Gerry’s blog. She knows I am always feeling a bit exasperated that people in my family expect to eat three meals a day EVERY. SINGLE. DAY (it just seems a bit excessive to me :)). Not sure what your family configuration is. I have three young ones, which influences how & what I cook. I’m a planner-aheader: I plan my meals out a week / 10 days in advance. There is always one night with a hearty soup (black bean, navy bean, split pea, lentil, etc) and homemade bread. There is always a pasta night. There is a vegetarian night. There is a chicken night (lemon grilled, parmesan baked). There is often a big, hearty salad night (esp. in summer). Fridays alternate around pizza & Greek salad, tacos, and chicken fried rice (which, by the way, is a good clean-out-the-frig meal). There is usually one night of popcorn and apples for dinner (the night when mama is tired). I fill in around the edges with new things I’d like to try, or depending on how busy the week is, something really easy like breakfast for dinner. Whenever I am making something that lends itself to freezing, I “double and freeze.” Soups, spaghetti sauce, shepherd’s pie, taco meat, etc. I try to keep one or two “easy” meals on hand as a back up — often bratwurst w/ sauerkraut & creamy cucumbers, or goulash (meat’s in the freezer til I need it). I keep plenty of salad stuff in the house and often we just have salad for a side dish. My other side dishes are kind of embarrassing: sliced veggies or fruit; canned pineapple or mandarin oranges; grapes; I have even been known to stoop to pickles or olives :). It all sounds so easy as I write it out, but the truth is it’s not easy. I’m always thinking of the next day’s meals and prepping what needs to be prepped. I’m often getting into ruts with what I cook based. After the kids are grown, it’ll be fine with me if I never see another taco again in my life. Cooking healthy meals is a lot of work; I try to see it as a labor of love. Good luck!

    Comment by Molly — November 12, 2010 @ 9:16 pm | Reply

    • Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Molly. How true that the family configuration has great influence on what is served. Like many families, I’m sure, our configuration is somewhat unique. We live in the “traditional nuclear family” arrangement (mom, dad, 2 children – teens if I am to be exact) but I feel anything but traditional. Hubby works the 4-midnight shift, so he’s normally only home 2 nights per week for dinner. Kids are busy after school with dance lessons that cause us to have to eat at particular times on some days, not leaving tons of time for cooking experiments, hence my “rut” of easy-to-make dinners. I don’t find your side dishes embarrassing at all! Those are the sorts of things I serve when I even remember a side dish! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — November 13, 2010 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  16. Geez, Karen – this topic really generated the comments, hey? And such good ideas! My daughter calls breakfast-for-dinner “Brinner”….kind of like brunch only different! Your comment about the side dish cracked my up as my son eats at his girlfriends’ parents’ a lot and she’s an organized, good momma…always has a side dish. Then he comes home and sits down to our meat and potatoes and wants to know “What’s for a side dish?” Sometimes he’s luck he gets dinner! 🙂

    Comment by Cindy Lou — November 13, 2010 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  17. Love the photo of the tomato. I plan out menus once each week after our farm delivery arrives. I see what we have and follow a discipline that says Monday is soup day, Tuesday is a casserole, Wednesday we grill, Thursday we eat all the leftovers, Friday night I make a pizza and Saturday and Sunday are big meals. Then I am able to shop just once also. It doesn’t always work perfect but it is the best system that I have found.

    Comment by Tammy McLeod — November 14, 2010 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Tammy – that tomato shot turned out to be a favorite here.
      A farm delivery! How nice!
      With our crazy schedules around here, I don’t think I could stick to a meal schedule too, but that is an interesting idea.

      Comment by Karma — November 14, 2010 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  18. Just saw this great post and will come back to it. 🙂

    Comment by kanniduba — November 15, 2010 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  19. If I hadn’t just eaten…I would be starving now! Love that lone tomato shot, especially. We make lots of healthy dinners with grains and beans…foods like quinoa, brown rice, tofu, that kind of thing. I don’t really use recipes any more so it’s kind of hard to share. Can’t wait to get back home and making some good simple food again.

    Comment by Kathy — November 16, 2010 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

    • Are you strictly vegetarian, Kathy? I wouldn’t mind making some meals with less meat, but it is hard to know where to start when your cooking has almost always been based on which meat is being used. I find it easier to cook less meat in the summer, especially when I have veggies from my garden available.

      Comment by Karma — November 16, 2010 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

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