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, January 31, 2016

31-days - No alcohol?!?

Yep, it's true! I have made it 31 days - the entire month of January without so much as a glass of wine. OK, so I've tasted a couple of beers (truly, just a couple of tastes) but I've had nothing to actually drink. I'm in training for Las Vegas! Six more days, then the SuperBowl (and face it, the SuperBowl without some kind of drink borders on treason) and we're off!

I have been baking lately, though. Tried my hand at a caramel pot de creme (not as difficult as I anticipated), chocolate chip espresso shortbread (I prefer just your plain shortbread) and then baked the last of the giant Mocha Jack chocolate chip cookies I had in the freezer. This week I think I need to restock the frozen chocolate chip cookie supply in the freezer.

Next Sunday, we'll host a small SuperBowl party - all meat chili with chips, guac, dip and chex mix - that ought to be enough to keep the few of us happy. Then it's off to Las Vegas, Disneyland and the beach. Mr. Hinkelgruber figured out that I'll be gone for half of the month of February. I guess if there's a month to be gone, the only the month of January would be better!

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