Archive for the ‘Dinner Time’ Category

Service of Changing Pace of Your Dinner Menus

Thursday, April 4th, 2024

Sometimes I cheat and order takeout.

I have a pretty standard weekly dinner menu which usually includes some kind of chicken, [canned] tuna in romaine lettuce and Campari tomatoes, pasta with tomato sauce and sometimes salmon. My tiny air fryer makes yummy potato strips. If I can find Amy’s frozen margherita pizza I split it in two and punctuate the usual fare with this treat. And once or twice a winter I might make a simple version of boeuf Bourguignon.

I recently tried a recipe I picked up from The New York Times’ “Cooking” section: Peanut noodles. I already had all the ingredients: creamy peanut butter, grated parmesan, soy sauce, unsalted butter and noodles. It was delish, so simple, prepared in the time to cook the noodles and not the same-old-same-old.

One friend just brought me a basil plant and another a magnificent tomato. I added mozzarella and had the nucleus of a delicious dinner that wasn’t my usual.

I remember when, decades ago, I stopped reading Gourmet Magazine because a recipe called for me to stir a strawberry mixture outdoors over three sunny days. Who has the time and who can predict that the weather will cooperate and does everyone have an outdoor space to do this? Turned me off. But I digress.

My husband was a talented cook. I miss his creativity and the beautifully plated dishes he’d present.

To change pace, I’ll cheat and order takeout.

Have you discovered easy-to-make recipes that change the routine of your dinner menus or do you find comfort in making and serving the same things week after week?

Winter stew

Service of It’s Dinner Time

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

We ate dinner at 7 or 8 PM when I grew up and because of work schedules, I segued into similar timing in my own home, inching up to 9 PM on many a night. A bonus: Once he retired, my husband became a spectacular cook.

The pandemic has changed countless habits one of which is the time many white-collar city workers–who are not on a strict nine to five track–eat dinner. Restaurants acknowledge the change: Six PM is the new 7:00 or 8:00 PM crush for reservations in NYC as the city–famous for being insomniac–discovers sleep.

Thanks to the saved commuter time I suspect remote workers who didn’t get home from work until 7 or 8 PM, eat earlier these days too.

I wonder if the time change has altered the dinner table menu. Is less pizza and Chinese ordered in? Are there more home cooked meals? Has your dinner hour changed too?

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