What’s For Supper?
Posted by thedarwinexception on November 25, 2007
So I went grocery shopping on Sunday. Usually I go on Saturday, but I didn’t feel like it, and I wanted to hit the new sales at Price Chopper which start on Sunday, rather than be stuck with all the Thanksgiving things that had been on sale from last week.
And as I was grocery shopping, I realized that I could do this shit in my sleep. I could actually shop with my eyes closed, because I buy the same things every single week. And I make the same meals from the same limited database of recipes in my head every week. I mean, we may not have meatloaf every Wednesday, but you can bet that we have it at least once every two weeks.
I need new things to make. Easy things – I mean, I watch Top Chef and enjoy it a lot, but I don’t know how to make a lemon reduction or a sevichey, and I’m not learning any time soon. So I need some new recipes. I need some new ideas. Just meals I can mix in with the homemade macaroni and cheese, the plain old baked pork chops, the plain old Ragu Spaghetti, the bland ass chili, the Shepherd’s pie, the chicken rubbed with some canned seasoning shit and the horrible Hamburger Helper that Paul thinks is just the ultimate in culinary flavor and excitement.
I think the most complicated thing I make is quesadillas – Paul loves those. But I need new things to make, if only to have new things to buy at Price Chopper. And it’s not even that I need new meats – just new ways to cook the meats I always cook. I bake the pork chops (I rarely fry anything), but what can I do to liven up the baked pork chops and make them different? What can I do to make the roast chicken different, and taste better? Is there another way to make Shepherd’s Pie? Are there new spices I should be using? New sauces and gravies?
What do you make consistently, week after week month after month? Do you have a set number of things that you always make or do you constantly make new things and try new stuff? When you try something new, how often does it suck and come out inedible?