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How do you decide what to fix for dinner when you're stumped?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I used to go to a fast food restaurant when I had no idea what to fix for dinner. I couldn't get to one today, even if I wanted to. Besides, they are all closed due to the water main and the sewer line breaking.

So, I'm left to my own devices. I'm thankful I'm not like this often. I love to cook, put things together, layering in flavors.

And I have lots of choices I can fix and layer. But I'm coming up empty.

So. Today is the day to plan next week's menus. Double trouble.

Maybe I'll go walk in the rain and get inspired.

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    Hi, catching up on my reading. Looks like you got washed out and almost away there. Hope you got the food sorted out. My old me always had a spare bunch of meals I could throw together in emergencies and always keep propane on hand (plus water). We're preppers in a sense that we never let things get to zip normally.

    I like the idea of cleaning out the fridge. I'm doing that next. Before I go to the store. :-) Taking a break from creating a new rock garden bed in front. Been hauling rocks off and on for a few hours. It's heavenly warm outside and a stiff wind blowing so the fans are on and the house is airing out. Have to get Dix to the park soon for her walk or she'll kill me.

    Have a good rest of your weekend and I hope you dry out. emoticon
    1922 days ago
    Thanks everyone. You've helped to get me back on track. I'm going to either eat or throw out all those leftover bits. Then perhaps when all that clutter is gone out of the refrigerator, I'll get back to my "normal" self.

    I think I'm really leaning toward breakfast for supper. That would be a comforting meal, warm by the fire.
    1924 days ago
    1) Eat the oldest meal on my freezer inventory
    2) Google "name of ingredient" recipe for the veggies in my CSA box and look for something new and quick
    3) Eat breakfast for dinner (often something involving eggs like an omlet or fritatta)
    1924 days ago
    Fast food, ugh. My go-to when I haven't a clue--and sometimes when I don't have anything in the house--is pasta with a little olive oil, parmesan cheese, parsley and black pepper. So good!
    1924 days ago
    Oh, man, I am so glad I do not have anyone expecting me to cook for them! Being as how it is just me (and the puppy) if I have zero inspiration I am happy with canned soup, crackers and cheese. But maybe sometimes that what everyone ought to get, especially with natural processes and broken water mains! Just to be flexible, sometimes you gotta serve what's in the cupboard and let creativity go ...? Who knows. I don't know the family you are serving, but there's my thought!
    1924 days ago
    Maybe waiting for an hour or two until you get hungry helps for the meal planning?
    For dinner maybe you can focus on one item that you have that you like and start from there, combining it with other flavors you enjoy.
    1924 days ago
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