Monday, July 23, 2012

Culinary Efforts: food from a box

Lately my culinary efforts have been underwhelming.  This is partly due to the heat wave, but also due to my overload of work trying vainly to estimate drought-inflicted crops.  But hey, that is also due to the heat wave.  We are also in the throes of planning a bat mitzvah, but I prefer to blame my kitchen failures on the weather, even when I am cooking inside.

Instead of “food that is made from food” (as a local restaurant advertises) I’ve served pancakes, mac ‘n’ cheese from a box, and hot dogs.  Well, pancakes aren't too bad, but the rest - blech.

Here is the kind of dinner conversation engendered by these type of meals:

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On the night we had pancakes:  

Youngest Daughter took a huge bite, and part of her pancake flopped out of her mouth and back onto her plate. 

I said, ‘Please, take dainty bites.” 

She said, “Why should I?” 

I didn’t have a quick response for this, but my son said, in the form of a question, “For the love of God?” 

I said, “Yes!  For the love of God, would you please take dainty bites!”

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On the night we had hot dogs:

Me: There are these various cheeses you could put on your hotdog.

Son:  They are all cheddar.  What’s the difference between these?

Me:  That one is Hoffman cheese.

Son:  Is that like a brand of cheese?  I thought it was cheddar cheese.

Me:  Yes, Hoffman is a brand of cheese.

Son:  Like, the Swiss brand?  The Swiss brand is for cheese, and army knives, and secret bank accounts.

Me:  Um, no.....

Husband:  ALL this cheese was actually made in China.

Me:  No, Hoffman cheese is made in Wisconsin.

Husband:  You mean the corporate office is in Wisconsin.  But it’s actually made in China, out of toxic chemicals.

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As you can see, eating pancakes and hotdogs for dinner has gotten us no closer to being ready to dine with the queen.  


Angie said...

At least you're dining in, as opposed to dining out, as I am wont to do this evening.

Cassi Renee said...

Your husband makes me laugh!

We've had too many meals out of a box too, lately. But --not tonight! I bought corn on the cob and new potatoes at a local market.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I had to Google hoffman cheese--it's made by Churny which is headquartered in a town I used to live in! It pleases me to think that far away people eat Wisconsin cheese.

I'm going to start suggesting For the love of God more often...