All Alone

by Cate on December 7, 2006

The Husband called me this afternoon and told me that he and Nicholas are going out for a Boys Night Out. Because he worked late last night, it was a treat for Nicholas and he was excited and asked if they could go to the “red star restaurant” (what you and I call Lone Star Steakhouse), after finding out that his first request, the bagel shop, was closed. Heck, I was excited too … peace and quiet for a short respite and a chance to catch up on the burgeoning piles in my office.

Usually when The Husband isn’t home for dinner, it’s my chance to make something I know he’ll wrinkle his nose at. Long-time readers will know that might be tortellini or mushrooms for me, two of my favorite things that he’s none too fond of. But some nights, it’s simpler than that and just a plate of crackers and soft cheese at my desk will do, in an attempt to be productive with the time I have. What about you? What do you cook or eat when your partner in eating is away for dinner? Do you go wild and hit junk food with reckless abandon? Cheese in a can with Ritz crackers? Take-out? Or is it something that you don’t make often because no one else will eat it? Curious minds want to know.

Some of you might know that I have been selling some cookbooks on Amazon. I haven’t loaded any there in awhile, but still have a bunch available. I’ve listed a few below, and have a complete list upon e-mail request ( I do have some non-cookbooks available as well, but I’m sure it’s no surprise that the majority are food-related. I figure I might as well save on Amazon’s listing fees and mention them here – I certainly have a ready-made audience. Most are in excellent condition and perfect for gifts (condition noted on list). Drop me a line if you’re interested.

A few that are available:
Donna Hay Christmas
Biscuits and Scones by Elizabeth Alston
Easy Gourmet-Style with 5 Ingredients or Less
Pampered Chef Season’s Best Spring/Summer 2006
Four Star Desserts by Emily Luchetti
Dear SOS: Dessert Recipe Requests by Rose Dosti
Cooking Light Annual 1996
Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey

All for tonight. Until tomorrow…

A year ago today… two delicious recipes.

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Sarah December 8, 2006 at 1:25 am

For me it’s sometimes cheese and crackers too. But more often it’s something with tilapia or sundried tomatoes or just a ton of veggies . . . all things that my husband isn’t too fond of.


PatL December 8, 2006 at 3:19 am

Crackers and egg salad. Or just plain popcorn. It’s often a chance to just not sit down to a meal, nibble here, nibble there, with Simba on the couch beside me. It’s probably a good thing it doesn’t happen all that often!


Anonymous December 8, 2006 at 4:38 am

For me it’s spicy food. Not necessarily hot food either. Just food that plays with spice more than your average “American” palate.

When I married the wife, the only spices that she had in the house growing up were salt, pepper, paprika and freeze dried chives.

She was shocked when we were setting up the first apartment and I had a box of spices. Even more amazed that I knew what to do with them.


maltese parakeet December 8, 2006 at 9:23 pm

when the hubby is out, i’ll often fix something vegetarian like indian dal and rice. in his mind, it’s not a meal if there’s no meat. or i’ll order thai food, which he’s not fond of.


Anonymous December 11, 2006 at 10:27 pm

I love spaghetti, butter, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. I could eat this every day!


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