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, January 29, 2011

If it's February, then....

If it's February, and on Tuesday it is, then spring really is right around the corner.  Some of you may think this means gardening but for me it means less darkness and more time with the deck door open.  (Well, the deck door probably won't really open for at least another two months, but as with gifts, it's the thought that counts!)

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


Are you kidding me?  Seriously?  Are you f------ kidding me?  How can January NOT be over, yet?

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

What the....???

Before you all say it, know that I too wondered, "What exactly is Mr. Hinkelgruber putting on the menu now?!?"  Yes, you read correctly, "Grape Picker's Skillet."  I had to look it up in the latest cooking magazine we received to make sure I was reading it correctly!  Let me assure you - it has no grapes, but does include bacon, potatoes and gruyere cheese - given those items, who cares what they call it! (Apparently, it's a dish adapted from the Burgundy region of France and a favorite among the wine grape pickers!  Who knew?!?)

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.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bowl Game Week!

It's BCS Championship week and the Oregon Ducks will make their first appearance!

We'll be watching from Sam Hinkelgruber's home (47" of high definition TV!) and hopefully, a "Man-bucket" of Corona will be on hand.  (Hint, hint, Molly?!?)