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, October 30, 2010

Halloween - Mrs. Hinkelgruber's Favorite Holiday

The house is festooned with spiders, bloodshot eyeballs, and skeletons.  We had a great time this year at the pumpkin carving party.  Mr. Hinckelgruber thinks it should be renamed to 'eating chili and drinking beer' party, but why change the name of one of the best days of the year?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Update to the menu!

It turns out that Mrs. Hinkelgruber turned another year older this week, and to celebrate, her eldest son is taking her to breakfast on Sunday. So, to those of you accustomed to joining the Hinkelgrubers for pancakes on Sunday...you'll have to join us on Saturday!  Yes, I know, it's the day of the annual "Carve a Pumpkin for Mayhem Makers" party, but that's in the afternoon.  Pancakes are in the morning - let's say 8:00 am - just as if it were a Sunday.

As for breakfast Sunday, well you'll have to check with (as my old client Mr. Jedwab would call him) "The Crown Prince."

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall in Portland really can be the best!

I've said it many times:  there's no better fall anywhere than Portland, OR!  When it's not raining, it's really the best weather anywhere.

And, in keeping with our own tradition of either wine or apples, today was wine!  Mr. Hinkelgruber and I drove to Carlton and the northern Willamette Valley's wine country and bought our wine for the fall.  (To quote Mr. Hinkelgruber, "Well, this should last until about Christmas...")

Perhaps next week will be apples....

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Fall really HAS arrived!

So last week seemed more like summer, but I guess fall really has arrived since the rain is rolling in.  I have a love/hate relationship with fall - love it because when the weather is good, it's spectacular; hate it because when it's bad you really know that winter is around the corner.

The good thing about fall means the food gets 'fuller', the kitchen gets warmer and the baking happens more often.  Might have to bake this season's first loaf of bread this week!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall has arrived - sort of!

Heading into fall (my favorite season, by the way) the menus are becoming heartier.  And, maybe, that's what I like about fall - richer, heartier fare.  Chillier weather gives Charlie an excuse to really cook more and me an excuse to bake - hmmm...wonder what I'll bake this week...something chocolate, I'm feeling.