What’s for dinner? (Choke….the pressure)

WOW!  Thank you everyone for the incredible support and encouragement about the blog.  I’m really excited about it and all day at work it was a real bitch to stay focused because all I wanted to do was write….

Problem was, I couldn’t think of anything for dinner tonight.  I felt like I had to come up with something spectacular for the sake of the blog…..But since this is a blog about real life, then those nights when I can’t think of damn thing for dinner get included.  Even take-out will be included.  So there.

By the way, when do you decide what to make?  Sometimes I have an idea in my head all day.  Sometimes I don’t get inspired until 5:00.  Other times, like tonight, I got nothing.  In which case there is nothing to do but surrender gracefully:

No shame in frozen pizza.  And by the way, have you tried Trader Joe’s Tarte d’Alsace?  Actually, correction, it’s not a Trader Joe’s branded product, but they sell it there.  It’s made by Maitre Pierre but it is delicious – flatbread with gruyere cheese, ham and caramelized onions.  Pandagirl will eat a whole one herself.  So will I.

And speaking of Panda, she came up with the idea of making Good Luck Salad tonight, so we will be joined by my lovely sous-chef.  In her lovely panda hat.

My delicious friend Claudia taught me about Good Luck Salad, which is traditional New Year’s fare in the south.  We’re pretty addicted to it up North here and eat it at any given opportunity, which is why my pantry is always stocked with black-eyed peas and hominy.

Good Luck Salad

Mix all.  Serve.  Die.

And voila, an excellent accompaniment to your frozen pizza on a night such as tonight, and a perfect dish for your aspiring young cook to put together.  Thank you, dear……hon……leave some for the rest of us, OK?


4 comments on “What’s for dinner? (Choke….the pressure)

  1. sara libou says:

    this is so cool. i will be using some of your easy recipes as I am not a pro like you in the kitchen. i love the pics too.

  2. Maile says:

    Ok, I admit it, we plan a week in advance. I never thought I would be one of those people but we spend the weekend combing through recipes for ideas and on Monday night do our weekly menu. Then I go pick up dry goods on Tues and Steve gets our produce, meat & dairy on Wed night. Then we try not to hit the grocery store at any other time during the week, always tough. It helps though and frees up a lot of time for us. We also kind of have a contest as to who can be the most frugal while stilling getting the good stuff. Of course then I pass close to a Trader Joe’s (none up here by me) and it all goes out the window.

  3. Julie says:

    luv it such a great idea now i’m hungry whats for dinner?

    love Julie 🙂

  4. Melissa Purdon says:

    Oh, I loves me some Trader Joe’s flatbread with gruyere cheese, ham and caramelized onions! That’s always in the basket when I go. Happy to see that the foodie/chef type of gal you are, that you love it, too. Love the blog, too. Good idea.

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