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).

Friday, March 23, 2012

Computers are a girl's best friend....

Those of you who know me well (and if you're reading this you probably do) know that after my family and friends, one of the most important things to me is my computer. So, when earlier this week it started acting a little funky, I was a tad bit panicky - to say the least! Fortunately, the younger Hinkelgruber lad has returned home from college and put his brilliance to work at restoring its workings. (I really only need another two years out of it and I'll feel I fully got my money's worth...) Anyway, I'm treating it with kid gloves for the time being.

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

Mail Call!!!

We're re-positioning our mailbox! I talked to two different mailmen this past month:  the regular one (Jeff) and one of our utility carriers, and both agreed that moving the mailbox to a spot where they didn't have to bend down was a good thing. (Currently, it's in our door.  And frankly, the dog tears up the door as she tries to get at the carrier - not Jeff - but every other carrier who has come to deliver our mail.) So today, Mr. Hinkelgruber, is installing a new slot. It still comes into the house (something very important to me), but now doesn't have to compete with the door opening and the dog going nuts.  (She'll likely still go nuts, but at least not on the door!) And, this means that this summer, I can get a screen door for the front door.  Yahoo!

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

Baseball's Back!!!

OK, so really it's just pre-season - but I got to see my Cubs play. Oh, I love those boys! (They won, by the way!) Favorite new player? Sczcur...and it's pronounced "Seezer". I can hardly wait to see his name on his uniform.

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

Spring is on it's way!

I keep a daily push-up log on the family calendar and noticed today that daylight savings time arrives a week from this Sunday. You know what that means?  Well, besides that we'll lose one hour next week, it means that spring is coming! The yard guys came yesterday and applied some sort of fertilizer, so it must be true...spring is coming. At last!

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!