This year I was invited to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. I said yes because it is always more fun to be around nice people on holidays, and it is no fun cooking a big dinner for just one person. If I cooked a turkey I would be eating turkey until Valentine’s Day.
She was a wonderful cook and I enjoyed every bit. Thank you, Linda, for your hospitality. You have a wonderful family and a lovely home, and I appreciate being included.
When Ray and Sharon told us that they were going to bring over the photos of their summer vacation at Cullasaja Club I have to admit that I was really trying to think of ways to cancel the dinner invitation. But these are really good friends of my hubby’s and he has been trying to get them to come over and have dinner with us for months on end. Finally they agreed to come over and last night was the night.
For dinner I prepared one of my favorite stand-by fancy meals that are simple to cook but seem complicated. In fact it was the first dinner that I ever cooked for my then-boyfriend now-husband back so many years ago. The menu consisted of chicken cordon-bleu with fat-free chicken gravy, mashed potatoes, fresh dinner rolls, peas, and cranberry sauce. The first time I ever fixed this meal was as a result of my having gone to a new restaurant to eat with a friend, and not seeing anything on the menu that I trusted at all. I’m a very picky eater. When I saw chicken cordon-bleu on the menu and saw that it was essentially ham, chicken, and cheese, with a fried coating on it I realized that I would probably “not hate” the meal and so I ordered it. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it, and when I got home I looked up the recipe for it. When I went to the store to buy the ingredients to make it, I saw that Barber Foods had the same thing in the Frozen Foods section, and it was reasonably priced. I bought it, tried it, and love it! Now it is something that I like to serve whenever I need to serve something fancy for dinner!
I’m hungry and nothing in the refrigerator looks appealing for dinner. I have a pound of hamburger meat and a pack of hot dogs. That’s some sad shit. I really don’t want a hot dog for dinner – I don’t even know why I bought them. They aren’t even cheap any more – These hot dogs cost over $4 for the pack. If you look at that by the pound, I could have bought steak! But the hot dog buns I bought have already gone stale and I had to throw them out. So if I have hot dogs for dinner, it’s going to be hot dogs on a slice of white bread. Ugh.
Ugh!!! I am so stuffed!!! But really, we had a nice quiet dinner with no company, no house full of people this year. In fact, we ate out at IHOP on Thanksgiving and only cooked our turkey dinner tonight!!
I couldn’t see spending all day at work stressing over what I could not get done within the short work week and then coming home, taking care of our little Roo and Pooh bear (two cocker spaniels – for those of you who are not familiar with the family yet), and then trying to cook a big dinner, get pies made, etc., just to get frustrated and tired out. So, I did the pies on Thursday for Friday dinner. It worked out great!! I had a 20 lb turkey to cook for two of us, so I froze a lot of leftovers.
I tried something new this year. I made the stuffing from whole wheat bread, instead of white bread; I made my pie crust from whole wheat flour (a little tougher to roll out) and made sugar free pumpkin pie. The entire meal turned out to be very tasty. We did not do the traditional sweet potato pie or scalloped corn, since we are trying to watch our diets a little more closely these days, but we did not feel we missed out on a thing. The pie was great!!!