Prior to my move to Indiana, I had never had Indian food. It wasn’t that the other places that I lived didn’t offer this option, I just didn’t really know what it was. If you don’t know what something is, it’s hard to make the choice to try it. Lesley loves Indian food and has forced me, I mean, invited me to join her at two different Indian restaurants in town. I was pleasantly surprised with both, but my favorite trip came when Lesley was publishing her book Clancy and the Search for the Mashed Potato (more…)
Recipes for Us
Our dinner in February was special to me because I hadn’t seen Ali and the girls for what felt like forever. You know how sometimes life determines your schedule without allowing you to have input? Yeah, that’s what is has been like recently. So the chance to sit down to a (hopefully) delicious meal with a great friend while kids screamed their happiness in the background was just what I needed. (more…)
Oh, I had such high hopes for this dinner. We moved the date to a Saturday because this was going to be a very involved process. The recipe, which I found on Half Baked Harvest, said that it was going to take about two hours total, one and a half of which was prep time. I’m very glad we didn’t try to go for it on a weeknight. This two hours total must be for those who have this cooking thing down. For me, the prep itself took about two and a half hours. But that’s okay; I can handle time delays. (more…)
For our December meal, I decided to try out a few items of traditional Christmas fare: ham, sweet potato casserole, and German red cabbage. And for dessert, I made chess cake. I wish it were the stuff of traditions for our little families, but we weren’t all that dazzled. It was a fine meal, just not our idea of Christmas indulgence. For a regular meal, however, it was rather good. And making ham in the slow cooker? Who knew ham could be so easy and tasty?
It’s already been over two weeks since Lesley and I had our monthly dinner. Clearly it’s been a busy fall. October’s dinner was almost foiled due to our schedules and the annual change-of-season sicknesses that plague schools and daycares. Poor Lesley had to make the meal twice. This month, it looked as though the same thing was going to happen again. Maddie had a bout of sickness that sent me home from work at noon. It appeared as though she was having an allergic reaction to something, but after some conversations and photos to my aunt, it was decided that she had some sort of virus that wasn’t causing her to be sick but was causing a reaction on her skin. Appetizing, right? Lesley was also having some challenges that day and was caring for the older child of a neighbor who needed to take their youngest for an unexpected CAT scan. Scary. Determined, we kept the dinner as scheduled, and I packed up the things I would need to head over to Lesley’s house. (more…)