Meatloaf

Before the comfort food resurgence of the early 2010’s (which will go down in history as one of the most ridiculous of pretentious food trends – $20.00 for mac & cheese?) meatloaf got a bad rap. Actually, anything that was in the Betty Crocker cookbook pretty much got a bad rap. Let’s face it: it…

Beaujolais Nouveau c’est arrivé!

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, in Gift from the Sea, wrote “Europe…which we think of as being enamored of the past, has since the last war, strangely enough, been forced into a new appreciation of the present. The good past is so far away and the near past is so horrible and the future is so perilous,…

Hot toddy

Is there anything worse than getting sick right when you can’t afford to?  Husband J came down with a cold earlier this week and has been rather miserable so I made him chicken noodle soup and a hot toddy. Well, I guess that’s it’s proper name – to me it’s just hot lemonade with whiskey….

Nope, not bacon

Wild boar doesn’t taste like regular old ground pork. Yes, it took four hours, but it was worth it. Partially it was worth it just to say I tried it. Wild boar bolognese.  This was one of those serendipitous things: I found out we had frozen ground wild boar available so I started searching for…

Whiskey and wine and family

I sat down last sunday with numerous cookbooks, and my Pinterest “Dinner” board, open, pen at the ready, Filofax all set. I don’t always set the menu for the week, but I knew this was going to be a hard week at work (November always is) and that I would need to be organized and…

Not bacon

I haven’t seen it with my own eyes yet, but apparently I now have access to wild boar, elk, and possibly other game. Was too exhausted after work today to wander over and take a look so I’m going on hearsay. Regardless, I’ve spent the past hour looking up wild boar recipes, so keep an eye…

Plan B

Plan B is – too tired to cook, so reservations it is. Appropriately enough at…Cafe Plan B. Son j mentioned this week that he remembered the great chicken and fries and could we go there again? Yes, yes we could. We shared the poulet frites and french onion soup. We did not share my two…

Go-to

We all have our go-to recipes, the ones that manage to get dinner on the table without too much thought or extended effort. Hey, we all have those days when managing to just remember to eat is a victory. And then sometimes one of those “days” turns into an entire week. I used up my…

Boys who hunt

Want to know my favorite part of my job (well, one of them anyway)? Boys who hunt. I’ve worked with boys who hunt for several years now and I keep asking-threatening-begging for venison, but to no avail. Until this year. And I owe it all to his mom (who, truth be told, is probably my…