Wednesday, January 25, 2006

What's for dinner?

If there is one question that causes major grief at my house, it would be "What's for Dinner???"
As most of you know, I do not cook! I hate being in the kitchen and have never enjoyed the "cooking" experience. My husband is a great cook and does all of the cooking in our house. (What a MAN! Gotta love him for that!)

Now, eating is a different story...
When I was growing up, I even had a nickname that referenced my love of eating. (No, I am not sharing that with you!) In reference to my love of eating, my husband likes to share his anecdote about eating out when the boys were little. He would say to the boys when they were asking to leave the resturant, "No, we can't leave yet....Mom hasn't cleaned up all your plates!"

Once, when my middle son was little, he wrote down all the things he loves to eat. He very neatly wrote two columns with the headings "Meals Dad Cooks" and "Meals Mom Cooks."

Under the Dad category he listed things like: turkey, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, hamburgers and a variety of other meals.
Under the Mom category he listed: McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, and Pizza Hut! This is a true story...not made up!

I admit, because I don't cook, we do eat out ALOT! Deciding what to eat, or where to eat out, is ALWAYS a big issue. It got to the point that when someone asked the question, what's for dinner?, the response was, " You asked, so it's your turn to decide."

I have recently taken up watching the food network (Yeah, I know that makes no sense for someone who doesn't cook...but there you have it.) After watching untold hours of 30 min. meals, I said to my Mom," Watching them whip up those meals, ALMOST makes me want to cook!" I usually just end up telling my husband,"That looks good...you should make it."

I got so tired of the dinner question the other day that I actually decided to make "Shephard's pie." It sounded pretty easy. I thought, "Rachel Ray makes it look easy, I should be able to do this too!" Well, it was a funny sight seeing me chop onions, peel garlic, and prepare the ingredients for the pie. (Man, that garlic peeling stuff is a lot harder than it looks!) My husband actually took a picture of me "COOKING". The pie turned out pretty good for a novice cook, if I do say so myself! It definately took more than 30 minutes, though....It again confirmed that I do not enjoy being in the kitchen.

I guess tonight it will be the same o'le story: "What's for dinner?" How about: Glory Days, Applebee's, Tony's, Chick-a-filet, McDonald's, Arby's, Chili's and the list goes on..........

P.S. all suggestions are welcome!!

10 comments:

Jeff said...

if there was a count of who picks what we have for dinner... i'd definitely be #1 on the list. be it at school or home, I'm usually the one who has to decide. the only exception is when i was at The LP. Becky decided for us almost every night.... she rules.

Anonymous said...

Two Down, 5 to to go.

That is Wednesday is for Glory days. Mom loves the wings there and they are the special of the night. So dinner is planned every week for Wednesday's.

Now thursday is usually Tony's night. That is when we have our Survivor party with those people who need to re-think what good TV is all about. Only problem is that Survivor is'nt a 52 week show. So the question arises again some part of the year.

If there were more reality shows on TV, maybe we can plan a weekly routine without even thinking about WHAT'S for dinner. Wait, I did not ask for more reality shows did I. What was I thinking.. Maybe that should be the Question of the day. OH well.. today is Wednesday so we know what we are havin..
Maybe we could turn that into the family thing we did before they all grew up and left the nest.

Anonymous said...

Hi Tina...

It's Cheryl, I was gonna say what Tom said (if he is the anonymous one) and that I thought Wed = Glory Days for the wings... or Nachos...

and don't forget that you do make really good "porquipines (sp?)" and your cheesecake is amazing but that's not dinner.

PS- I love your blog.

neva said...

And this would be where the sisters part...I lOVE Rachel Ray and can do most of her meals in 30 minutes, although if you ask your boys, I believe the comment when they left with papaw after spending a week at my house once was "let's stop for McDonalds. we really don't like "healthy" cooking" or something like that. BTW, if you own a garlic press, you don't have to PEEL it.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to send out some points to my wonderful husband for helping with the brainstorming of ideas to the age old question of "what's for dinner"
Most of the time he'd mention things that didn't sound appealing, just to focus my attention on what was. Thanks honey....and by the way Jeff, next time you're living in the LP you'll be making the dinner decisions...and maybe even cooking some of those decisions!

~not really anonymous :)

Jeff said...

You sure do get a lot of not-so anonymous comments.

Grumpy Ump said...

Jar Spaghetti

The man with the plan said...

You have three options. Blogger, other, and anonymous. To those of you without a blog, you don't have to post anonymously. Hit "other", type your name, and you're good. That's how I did this comment.

daughter-in-law said...

Well, the man with the plan, without your name you're still anonymous...;)

MotherOf3Guys said...

I don't care if it's anonymous or not....I just like reading the comments...boy does that say I need a life or what????