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).
Sunday, December 30, 2012
One more year for the record books, and it's resolution time. Well, we've gone over this before - if I was really going to make changes, would I wait until the beginning of the year? No - I'd simply make the change when I decided on it. I do have one complaint (well, I'll keep it to one...): newbies at the gym! Some decided last week they should get a jump on their resolutions, and I got the very last treadmill (the ellipticals were all full!) in the gym. And I was there at 7:30 am! Oh, well, two weeks and we'll be back to just the regulars.
Happy New Year to you and yours, and I'll see you next year! (Don't you just hate it when people say that in the last days of the year?!?)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Wow... that sounded a little Scrooge-like, didn't it?!? Really, I'm looking forward to the holidays because the Mr. will have two four-day weekends in a row and nothing pressing is going on. I like that! The eldest Hinkelgruber boy turns 27 on New Year's Eve (how did that happen???) Anyone reading this who has not received the invitation to the annual Hinkelgruber Christmas Eve gathering, consider this your invite - no need to bring anything, but if you feel so inclined/compelled to, finger food is perfect. Oh, not before 4:00 pm, please...
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Mr. Hinkelgruber took care of me last evening by going and getting hot and sour soup from a local restaurant for dinner. I truly believe that the cure for the common cold is in hot and sour - as hot as you can stand it, oh, and lots of water. I also believe that a cold runs the following course: 2-days to get it; 2-days to have it; 2-days to get over it. This means that by Wednesday, I'll be completely cured.
I did something this year I've planned to do for the past ten - I wrapped Christmas gifts as I bought them! It's funny how much pressure and stress is gone when the thought of wrapping a full holiday's worth of gifts isn't looming over you. I really should do this every year!
Everything on this week's menu is from a new cookbook we received this week. Instead of subscribing to a certain cooking magazine this year, we decided to see if they'd simply send us the annual compilation of each issue. And, they did! So, every recipe is new and they all come from the 2012 Cook's Country. Mr. Hinkelgruber won't be searching for the recipes in innumerable volumes!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Well, another wine fridge was needed by the Hinkelgruber clan. No, we don't drink so much that we need two, but the older one became so noisy I thought Mr. Hinkelgruber would go crazy(er). It's now in the basement where we can't hear it and there's a new, quiet one in the kitchen. Just in time for Christmas Eve!
And, speaking of Christmas Eve...You're all invited to join us for the evening of December 24 to eat and drink - bring an hors d'oeuvre and an appetite.
Friday, November 30, 2012
That frenetic time of year is upon us. That means baking, eating, baking, cooking, eating, baking some more, oh, yeah, shopping (did I mention I hate shopping?), and somewhere in there I suppose I should get to the gym. Having motivation issues on that front. Back to baking and, oh, yeah, eating!
Oh, and do you remember our rat issue of a few months ago? Well, apparently they have taken up residence in our neighbor's attic! When we had them, these neighbors mentioned they preferred 'humane, non-toxic' methods of eliminating them. Guess what? Now that the critters have moved into their home, they called us for information on where to buy the best rat killer that exists. Yep, hear that scurrying above your head in the wee hours of the morning and you'll reach for the best poison money can buy! Ach, schadenfreude!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
You all know how Mrs. Hinkelgruber hates to cook (I'm a baker, not a cooker!), but this week is Mr. Hinkelgruber's birthday so yes, you're reading the menu correctly, Mrs. Hinkelgruber is cooking dinner. It'll be Pizza Rustica (some of you will recall it from a few months ago), so you all know I do know how to make it!
I'll be making some more Whoopie Pies for Mr. Hinkelgruber's "group" birthday party/dinner with his fellow birthday celebrators on Monday. And then, later in the week, I'm going to try a Finnish Pulla bread. (It's like a challah or other holiday bread, but Finnish rather than Jewish.) I do love this time of year!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
They turned out very cute, but rather than go out and buy a new set of pans (the recipe says it makes 8 4-inch miniature cakes) I made them in cupcake pans. So, all of you coming to dinner, feel good about eating two - or three! And, this means that again, I'm ahead on the homework. I may even volunteer to host for the baking group...or not.
Did I mention that Thanksgiving is early this year? Yeah? Well, it bears repeating - Thanksgiving is early this year! So, I'll be baking bread/rolls all week this week. When will I fit in a workout?
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Good things that happened this past week: the election's over (our favorite won), but the good news in this case is it means no more political ads! I managed to do a full 30-minute interval workout on an elliptical (well, it's good news to me!). And, last Sunday Mr. Hinkelgruber repaired my dryer and it works just like new! (You know you're a grown up when working electrical appliances make you as happy as Halloween candy makes little kids!)
This week's menu is abbreviated - Mr. Hinkelgruber is going to "Lost Wages," so I'll be on my own. But, true to form, Mr. Hinkelgruber will be taking care of me by leaving me plenty of leftovers to eat! And I'll be workshopping bread/roll recipes for Thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
I've been knitting up a storm the past two weeks. (OK, so it's not a valid excuse for not blogging, but that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!) A couple of hats, a shawl, two cowls well on their way finished a scarf and a shawl...I'm sure you can hear the sticks clicking.
I'll be baking some buttermilk crumble muffins and brownies this month - sounds easy, but that usually means a lot more work than expected. Oh, and Mr. Hinkelgruber just told me that this week's theme is, "Chop...and drop!"
Sunday, October 21, 2012
We had some fun with this Sunday's dinner (and my mom always said not to play with our food!) - and that's reflected in the photo with this week's post. Yep, that's a 'nude' photo that Mr. Hinkelgruber took of this evening's dinner - well, before it became dinner, actually.
Our final family pumpkin carving party is next Sunday, so here's a heads-up: next week dinner is chili - three kinds!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I made bagels this weekend - and my humble opinion? It was nice to experience making them - once - but do yourself a favor; buy them at your favorite local bagel shop. They were good, but waaay more work than they were worth! The kneading, the resting, the boiling - holy, moly - I'm going to Einstein's next time!
I also made a pumpkin jelly roll - totally worth it and worth making again! Mmm, mmm! I'm glad I gave the leftovers away.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
You all know my love of knitting - well, I found some beautiful yarn last week that I can only describe as "chompy." Those of you who know me, know exactly what that means - the most beautiful shade of green that made my mouth water upon seeing it. For those of you who don't know the origins of "chompy," the story is just too long to go into here - suffice it to say, the shade makes me want to literally, chew into it. A gorgeous, green shawlette is in my future.
And, finally, lasagna...the ultimate comfort food. Mr. Hinkelgruber is beginning this week with the perfect fall comfort meal!
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I've been knitting - made two cute winter hats; one for the wee one across the street (the sample to learn the pattern) and one for the younger Hinkelgruber boy's new girlfriend. Hats - always a safe gift. I have a new favorite knit shop - one that I can easily walk to, if I really wanted - and it has the most beautiful yarns. And, most importantly, it smells like wool! I can't explain it, but that's a smell I have in the deep recesses of my mind - the smell of wool I remember from going to the Mill-End store as a child; when it was truly a "mill-end" store, with skeins of wool piled high on long, plywood tables, by color. Push your nose into a ball of wool yarn, and inhale; you'll learn the smell I mean.
Did you notice the menu of "Fish heads and rice?" I'm guessing Mr. Hinkelgruber doesn't want guests for dinner tonight. To bad for him, he can't lose me - I'm all for fish heads!
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The month of September saw a trip to Vegas, two weddings, an anniversary trip to Seattle and a quick four-day cruise from Vancouver, BC to Los Angeles...WHEW!...what a month! Now it's time to gently slide into the fall and holiday season. (Did I say gently?!? Really?!?) Neighborhood kids have gone back to school, soccer and fundraisers. (Gift wrap, anyone? How about a magazine?) As for me, I'm going to fully embrace my Tuesdays with Dorie blog group and pick up my knitting needles in earnest.
You'll notice that this week's menu is beginning to look a little like winter comfort food, with a few selections we haven't enjoyed in a while. Mac & cheese...Roasted chicken...Texas toast...mmm....well, winter's not all bad. Wonder what I should bake?
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Our local farmer's market opens today (I can hardly wait) and the weather forecast says no rain for the next seven days...Hallelujah! Brioche dough for pecan sticky buns will be prepared this week for my baking blog friends and then I have to box up the two built ins in preparation for the rehab of the dining room. What a week!
Oh, by the way... a piece of trivia I failed to share last week... If you're entered in a trivia contest and the question is, "What did the Montgolfier brothers invent?" The answer is not golf clubs (goof-balls), but the hot air balloon. Mr. Hinkelgruber was the big star of our previously mentioned vacation's trivia contest. That answer got our team into the finals! (Oh, and if the tie-breaker has a biblical theme, "How many people were on Noah's Ark?" The answer is eight. We didn't have any good bible readers on our team!)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I like having my meals planned for me (no menus that require a decision to be made), living in a truly quiet place (ships have weird creaks and pops), and sometimes I really don't want to be nice to people (dining with different people each meal requires energy).
The living room and hallway walls have been retextured and now the only room left is the dining room. Oh, and my Tuesdays with Dorie group is going to be making two new recipes - I can hardly wait!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
- All the wallpaper is stripped - yep, all of it! I had forgotten what the mint green that was on every wall in this house looked like until now. (For one room, not so bad - the entire house? Atrocious!
- No one, but no one can make a better breakfast than Mr. Hinkelgruber - think the cruise line will give him a "back-stage pass" to the galley to allow him to prepare me breakfast every day? Not likely...
- A homemade Fig Newton is heavenly - even if it's more work than I care to discuss.
- And, Kindereggs aren't just a European phenomenon, anymore!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
The music room is gorgeous and the piano finally back in its home. And that means that this week will be the week for stripping wallpaper from the living room walls...room-by-room...chunk-by-chunk...
Friday, March 23, 2012
It's spring break, although with the younger Hinkelgruber in his final term at university, that really just means that there are more loads of laundry being done. On some level, that's a relief to me.
On the food front, this week has some comfort food, some new dishes and some baking to be done. Woohoo!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
So, my Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) hobby yielded a lot of egg whites from one of the recipes during the week, so this Sunday's dessert is chocolate French macarons (well, I'd spell it macaroons, but the website from which I got the recipe spelled it with one 'o', so there) filled with chocolate ganache. In Mr. Hinkelgruber's words, "Anything with ganache can't be bad," so we'll see. Oh, and a French macaron has no coconut - just in case all you coconut haters were wondering.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Have a new hobby, "Tuesdays with Dorie." Twice a month, I get to prepare a recipe from the book Baking with Julia and then blog about the experience with bakers from all over the world. (Oh, yeah - one woman from Switzerland read the last recipe (Rugelach) and said her hips were broadening just reading the recipe!) This week's dessert is from the first week: Chocolate Truffle Tarts. Reading others' blogs say it's to die for. We'll see tomorrow! (Oh, and the rugelach was really, really tasty - not pretty, but really tasty!) Irish Soda Bread is coming later in the week, and while I've never been a big fan of soda bread - in for a penny, in for a pound.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The music room is on its way to being re-done. The ceiling has been over-layed (no longer popcorn) and the walls primed for new texture. No, we're not moving - merely getting the house redone after 25-years. Some people redecorate/paint every three to five years. Not us - for us, decorating is like cars: get what you want and hold on until it either fails or you're finally tired of it. As for our decor, 25-years means it's both failing and we're tired of it (well, I am!).
A new pie recipe this week: think Almond Joy in-a-pie! We'll see if it's as good as the picture makes it look. Then, I've joined an online group, "Tuesdays With Dorie," that is working its way through the book, Baking With Julia. First recipe: Rugelach - a cinnamon-roll type pastry filled with nuts and dried fruit. I'm excited!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
This week, the music room gets a new ceiling and re-finished walls. The house is, by-and-large, a disaster, but the endgame makes it worth it!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
I was awakened this morning by what I thought was rain, but turned out to be squatters (read: rodents) in the ceiling of our bedroom. They have one more week to find the bait boxes and feast themselves silly before Mr. Hinkelgruber goes in after them. (I'm rooting for the feasting!) In the meantime, I've got to find a podcast that will drown them out.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
For those of you wondering about my "to-do" list, the front windows have been painted and the new shutters are to be installed on the 25th of the month. My goal is to have the ceiling and walls of the music room done within six weeks, but we'll see if my plaster guy has the same goal.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
I went to the beach with a group of women friends, and while I did enjoy it, six women in one place is a lot of estrogen. (Regardless of the fact they're all either menopausal or peri-menopausal!) The weather was beautiful four out of five days, and despite the tsunami alarm system going off at the condo (due to high winds and rough bar conditions the one bad weather day) it was quite remarkable for the end of January on our coastline.
This week's menu features some old favorites as well as a few items that are sure to become favorites. My theory? Mr. Hinkelgruber is lonely for some of you to have dinner with us and is coercing you here!
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Back to the gym for an all out 80-day, hardcore regimen in anticipation of another cruise. (Yep, I said it!)
Sunday, January 8, 2012
You'll notice this week's menu is somewhat of a rehash of last week's - "stuff" got in the way of last week's meals, but we're back on track for this one. Oh, and Vegas calls, so next week at this time, I'll be heading for "Sin City"!