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, April 28, 2012

We're back!

Fourteen days of no rain - it was glorious!  But, really, the best thing about a vacation is coming home.

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

See you at the end of the month....

Well, not to belabor a point, but this is the last entry for about three weeks (ah, maybe two).  But here's what you should know:

  • 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!
It's a limited menu this week, but we're on a limited schedule, too!  So, if we don't see you before, 


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Well, maybe I won't starve...

So, you all know that Mr. Hinkelgruber does all the cooking in this household. (I do the baking, but that's not cooking!) Yesterday, though, to fulfill my "obligation" to a new internet group I've joined ("Tuesdays With Dorie") I made dinner:  Pizza Rustica.  Wow!  It was delicious - if I do say so myself! And, it looked just like the picture in the appointed cookbook (Baking With Julia). Today's dessert, "Lemon Loaf Cake," is also April's assignment for baking, and I've made it already since we'll be off on another ocean-bound adventure on the assignment's due date.

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...