Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
The mancave is complete and I'm thinking about the next project. (It's not like there aren't enough to last through 2022!) I'm thinking ceilings next....
Saturday, December 17, 2011
So, from Wednesday until Saturday, we'll have a "blitz-decorating and planning" session for the holidays. Monday will be occupied with cleaning so that the 'measurers' can get to the windows. And, did you know that Goodwill accept old books? I just learned that, and boy, have I made a dent in my book shelves and donated to a great non-profit!
Oh, in case you were wondering - yep - the "Mancave" is finished! WOOHOO!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The man-cave is nearly complete (ahh, the smell of oil-base paint in the morning!) and the younger Hinkelgruber boy will be home from college at the end of the week. Holidays are coming!
I've been sharing baking hints with the baker down the street (not to mention samples of each other's baked goods) and I can tell you from experience there's nothing like the smell of cookies and brownies baking to make you happy for winter!
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I also did something I try to do once a year - I actually cooked a full dinner. Yes, sports fans, me, Mrs. Hinkelgruber prepared Friday's dinner. The turkey breast, the potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the vegetables, the pumpkin pie - all of it. (Ok, ok, ok, Mr. Hinkelgruber actually made the mashed potatoes, but those of you who have had his mashed potatoes knows that no one makes them like he makes them!)
Mr. Hinkelgruber has a birthday this Sunday - and the man-cave (his birthday gift) should be finished by this next weekend. Oh, how the boys will be pleased!
Oh, and just in case you were wondering: 28 days until Christmas!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I've gone back to the gym - I know, baking and the gym - somehow they are two opposite ends of the spectrum, but it just seemed right.
Heading for Lost Wages - oh, the debauchery. And then, the holidays. It's a typical foxtrot tempo: slow, slow, quick, quick!
Monday, November 7, 2011
I started my plan for the holidays and have mixed up the first two batches of the most terrific chocolate chip cookies for holiday gift giving. I'm so excited - it's baking season!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
- We were among the youngest passengers on the cruise ship (yep, youngest!)
- We were among the most fit passengers on the cruise ship (yeah, us, most fit!)
- The Panama Canal is a most amazing piece of engineering, especially when you consider that it was constructed without the design help of computers (it was completed in 1913!)
- Six days at sea with nowhere to go but the Lido Deck is time well spent.
- And, Dorothy got it right...there really is no place like home!
Oh, the title of this posting? There are only 57 days until Christmas!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
And, sports fans, in case you hadn't been paying attention, there's only one week 'til Mr. Hinkelgruber and I jet off for our biggest adventure in a long, long time - the Panama Canal! And you know what that means? I won't be posting for about three weeks! (Oh, and no home cooked meals, either!)
Saturday, September 24, 2011
And, that means Mrs. Hinkelgruber needs a dessert for Sunday's dinner that's not beer ice cream. But, that doesn't mean I know what she wants! It'll probably be something chocolate...or not...maybe something with fruit...or nuts....oh, who knows - it'll be good!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
We went wine tasting yesterday with some friends and had a terrific time. Had a great lunch at a little Mexican place that is ridiculously inexpensive. So, in the interests of the economy, I made up for that with the amount of money I spent on wine. Gotta stock up!?! Winter's coming!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This is the younger son's last week at home before returning to college. And, it's a mixed blessing, seeing him go. But, three short terms of college left and the grown-up world will await him!
Friday, September 2, 2011
You'll also note that the menu is just slightly on the lighter side (see above!).
Our vacation was fantastic, but Sin City was unusually humid for the desert. (You know that phrase, "But, it's a dry heat,"? Turns out there's something to that.) One day, the humidity was at 35%. Now here in our neck of the woods, that's really not anything to think about. Combine it with 108 degree temperatures, and you get abject misery! But, I'm not complaining, mind you. My feet got warm for the first time in a while - without the aid of a bottle of wine. (That came later.)
Well, it's off to the gym - yes, I put it in print - that means I really have to go. Only have five weeks until our next big adventure!
Saturday, August 20, 2011
College boy and his buddy head for Las Vegas to celebrate their 22nd birthdays. The puppy will miss the smoking walks she's been getting.
We had the most interesting visit today - the woman from whom I received the keys to our house when we first bought it came by with her son. She was born and raised in the house in the '30s. It was fun to see her face when I told her that she had given me the house keys and she realized that I was the same person from 27-or-so years ago. We gave her a tour of the house so she could see the kitchen. And, she marveled the bathroom was still the same. (Me, too!) I think she was pleased.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Another trip to the farmers' market today and a dark chocolate-almond torte in the oven - what could possibly be better on an August Saturday?
Three weeks 'til Vegas! I can hardly wait!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Then, not to be outdone, Mr. Hinkelgruber and I attended the local Farmer's Market for the first time today. This week's menu reflects the marvelous produce we bought. Oh, and Mr. Hinkelgruber bought two fresh tamales for our lunch. It's true, there is something special about a fresh, homemade tamale like nothing else. Mmmm!
Finally, are you finding yourself missing out on reading? The most wonderful creation is the audio book that can be downloaded to an i-Pod. Now, I can read and knit at the same time. What a wonderful summer this is sizing up to be.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I'll be making my own pilgrimage today to see the final installment of Harry Potter. I must admit - this makes me feel more like an empty nester than my own children leaving home. I wonder why that is?
Friday, July 15, 2011
The plan this week is to begin the new "Man Cave". What that really means is the big clean out: the office, the spare bedroom, etc. The ultimate goal is to have it done by October 1. There. It's in writing. I have officially thrown my hat over the fence. Whew! Now I have to go to work.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
According to Mr. Hinkelgruber, this week's menu is rather mundane - doesn't look mundane to me - looks like we're having some favorites that we haven't had in a while. WOOHOO!
Sunday, July 3, 2011
We get new windows installed this week and I think I may begin working on Mr. Hinkelgruber's 'man-cave'. Like the ant said to the grasshopper, "Much work to be done before winter!"
Friday, June 24, 2011
You'll notice polenta on this week's menu. I'm not really a fan, but I told Mr. Hinkelgruber I'd try it. (He gave me chicken and dumplings last week (and they were positively superb!), so the least I can do is approach this new dish with an open mind.)
Oh, yeah, and I got into my sewing room!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Oh, and food wise - did you notice chicken and dumplings? One of the few meals my mother could actually cook well and, as a result, one of my favorite foods. I can hardly wait!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
We bought a new barbeque grill for Mr. Hinkelgruber for Father's Day - can hardly wait to break it in!
Friday, June 3, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Oh, well...In an attempt to make lemonade from lemons, this just means I'll continue baking.
It's your back side I'll broaden! Pray for sunshine and warmer weather.
Friday, May 20, 2011
The deck has been open all three days, the back door wide open. (Gizmo has been very confused - what? I can go in and out as I please? Really?!?) I'll be complaining in a couple of days, I'm sure, that the rain has returned, but not today.
Mr. Hinkelgruber seems to have found a volume of recipes he had not previously seen and this week's menu reflects it. But, one of my all-time favorites: Pasta with garlic and eggs is on the menu for Friday. If my mom had known about that dish, Fridays in a Catholic household would have been much more bearable!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
In response to Mrs. Hingelgruber's temper-tantrum about the rich food the Mister has been preparing, he's scaled back to a slightly leaner fare for the week. Whew! Now my jeans should continue to fit - albeit tightly.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
As the boys and I were coming back from the "Row Boat Park," a young woman rolled down the hill at the castle. Literally - rolled down - the hill! Turns out she and her boyfriend were engaging in the age-old socialist custom of drinking heavily on May Day (power to the worker, and all that). Imagine my surprise, when arriving back at the "buffoonery" all the Americans in the group were gathered on a patio - drinking, well not quite so heavily, but drinking. (For the record - they had all gone to work that morning and were dismissed at 12:00 noon...)
You know what they say...."When in Rome (or Denmark)...."
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The younger Hinkelgruber son came home from college this weekend (I'll say it's to spend Easter with his Mumma - he'll say it's to open an new bank account) and the elder Hinkelgruber boy went to Vegas - oh, we all have our priorities (and, good for him).
Mr. Hinkelgruber and I are going to have a much welcome few hours (more likely, several minutes) on our deck - have I told you how much I love spring?!?
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I'm getting to watch the Cubs play nearly every game, and that's helping my attitude (well, when they don't throw the game away).
The menus seem to be somewhat lighter fare (spring is coming, you know!), and I now have some fancy, fancy gourmet baking chocolate to begin baking with. Wonder what I ought to make?
Friday, April 8, 2011
Mr. & Mrs. Hinkelgruber had a wonderful time in Las Vegas - plenty of alcohol, really good food and enough gambling to remember why we don't consider it a job but a really, really decent form of entertainment! We came back to Portland to a couple of days of the seemingly never-ending January only to be pleasantly surprised by the most lovely spring day in a long time!
This week's menu seems to be a particularly centered on Italian cuisine and, you're not hearing me complain!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Mr. Hinkelgruber received the entire collection of our newest cooking magazine, in bound form, so it appears that while all our meals are very, very good, we won't be having a regular "rotation" of meals for probably the next year. Oh, well! It's a tough job, but I'll make do.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
So, as if we didn't watch enough television already, this afternoon you'll find me in front of a new one!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
In anticipation, I will be mixing cookie dough (chocolate chip, of course) for the freezer, a lemon merengue pie (well, maybe/maybe not), and whatever else my "Big Boy" mixer decides is needed. Spring's coming!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This week's menu has lots of good stuff and plenty of hints of summertime fare. So say it with me, "March Fourth - into Spring!"
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
This past weekend has been a smashing success - my wine cellar is restocked and even the whites are chilled and ready for spring to arrive and the deck to open. Now, if spring would just hurry up!
Happy Valentine's Day, all!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Mr. Hinkelgruber and I have planned trips to the coast and to Las Vegas. I can hardly wait! In the meantime, there is work to be done around the house, a dog that seriously needs to be put on a diet, and the anticipation of farmers' markets opening. Oh, how I love spring!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Mr. Hinkelgruber pointed out to me that since we've subscribed to a new cooking mag, our usual menu line-up seems to have gone by the wayside. It was nice to see that as he planned this week's menu three old standard favorites made it in: Potatoes Au Gratin, Red Flannel Hash and Macaroni & Cheese. We'll see you this week - you know who you are and we know when we'll see you!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
My entire life, January has been the longest month of the year (it averages about seven weeks for me). But January 2011 will go down in the annals of my life as taking three full months to get to week three! Which means we have another month/week to go before we even see February. On the bright side, I guess that means that since they supposedly discovered a new Zodiac sign, there really will be room for it in my calendar world.
The other bright side, is of course, Mr. Hinkelgruber has planned another terrific week of meals - most all of which count among my favorites. And those that aren't, merely aren't because they're brand new try-outs! I bet by next week they make it into the favorites column.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sunday's dinner will also feature a dessert tray of miniature cheesecakes (I'm experimenting for an upcoming dinner to which we've been invited), so forewarned is forearmed.