It’s Just Food Food Food Around Here Lately

In case you thought we were only eating ice cream around here, I shall put your mind at ease.

I make dinner nearly every single night (I will say that when Bart’s busy season starts and they have dinner at work every night for many weeks, I will probably need to start buying some Cinnamon Toast Crunch because I’m not exactly about to make a full dinner for just me).

Also, I just read Bill Bryson’s At Home for book club, and it talked about a country parson who kept a very meticulous diary for some 40 years, but was, in large part, just a record of what he ate (a critic, apparently, called it “little more than a chronicle of gluttony.”) Bill Bryson says that when the man’s sister died, he expressed sorrow, but also mentioned the turkey they had for dinner. When the Bastille fell, the man noted it as well, but spent far more time detailing his dinner. I feel a little like that man today.




  • Basil Curry
  • Brown Basmati rice (because, you know, I’m so whole-grains and such)
  • Naan




  • Pizza (It’s nice if you think I prepped enough to do the pizza dough the night before, but clearly, I did the quick and easy one. Go easy on the flour. I also let mine sit in the fridge for about an hour before I rolled it out)
  • Green Salad
  • Beans


  • Cashew Chicken (I love love love this recipe. And I don’t even like cashews (my mom thinks I might have been switched at the hospital))
  • Sauteed Zucchini (Ella LOVED this)
  • Mango and Blackberries

What did people DO before cooking blogs?

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  • Reply smalldog January 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    I applaud madame's prevalence of scones.

  • Reply Rhiannon January 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Bill makes something similar to the Huevos Rancheros Cups and they are so very delicious. I think I will request this for breakfast this weekend!

  • Reply Bethany January 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Janssen, we need to talk. First, why aren't we neighbors anymore? Second, you've said it before, but you need to tell me one more time how on earth you make such vastly different meals every night on a budget. When I make a menu like that, I spend no less than $2146 on groceries, most of which I would rather be spending on plane tickets to Texas. 🙂

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy January 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Lately we are addicted to naan around here. It is amazing when turned into pizza–grilled asparagus and zucchini with mozzarella. Oh, yummy.

  • Reply Anonymous January 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I made the Mulagatawny (sp) soup on Monday also! However, i looked up the ingredient list on Guru's website and saw that they use coconut milk instead of cream. I didn't have coconut milk sitting around, so added just plain old coconut. SO YUMMY. Gave it a gentle sweet taste. Try it next time and tell me what you think.

  • Reply Kim January 20, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    My great-grandfather was a farmer and kept a daily diary of the goings-on of the farm. On the day my grandmother was born his entry reads, "Good weather today. Didn't get all the hay put up 'cause of the baby." He also would label the photos of the farm with the names and ages of all the animals depicted, though he hardly made mention of any of the people who were also in the pictures. A picture of my grandmother when she was a girl reads, "Yvonne with Eloise (white duck, age 13 months)".

  • Reply Karina January 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Cool. For the cashew chicken do I have to use scallions?…and "fresh" ginger?…and dry sherry? What is dry sherry anyway? Did you substitute?

  • Reply Linda January 20, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I wish more people posted their meals everyday; it would make my planning take much less planning. Please keep doing it! Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply amber waves of grain January 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Yum. Food. I love food.

  • Reply Hawke January 20, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    I love to look at menus. Thanks.

  • Reply Hawke January 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    This is my favorite Nan recipe.

  • Reply Becca January 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    I just opened about 5 of these recipes in different tabs. This is very inspiring! And now my mouth is watering.

  • Reply Natalie @ Perrys' Plate January 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Thanks for adding one of my links! I'm glad Bart wasn't disappointed. 😉

  • Reply Rachel January 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Yum! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Jenny January 21, 2011 at 1:39 am

    How 'bout some pirate porridge?

  • Reply chloe January 21, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Oh how I need to cook!

  • Reply Peaceful Reader January 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

    So many great recipes here that I wish you could come cook for my family. I'm especially attracted to the Basil Curry!

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife January 21, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    YUM. I love Mulligatawny soup, by the way. It was also an answer on Jeopardy yesterday. So double win.

    And I agree with your question about what we did before cooking blogs… I mean, I have – and use – cookbooks, but I think cooking blogs with their step-by-step photos make life SO MUCH easier. Cooking-wise, at least.

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