Sunday, August 22, 2010


Got this from Crafter By Night. Since I'm frolicking on a beach (or more likely, freezing my ass off in the rain) I thought I'd leave you with some light reading material.

1. What is your staple meal? (ie. what meal do you cook most often, when you can’t be bothered to think of anything adventurous) I am a meal planner, and I unapologetically rely heavily on Rachael Ray's 365 No Repeats. Some faves from that one include Park City Cashew Chicken, Spicy Shrimp and Bok Choy Noodle Soup, Fancy Pants Bangers and Mash (cool weather), Chicago Dog Salad (hot summer), and Chili-Sweet Potato Hash with Fried Eggs. If I haven't made it to the store, we have bacon and eggs.

2. What do you want to be when you grow up? If I could hurry up and figure that out, I might be able to find a job. (Though I am still looking for the kinds of things I've done in the past. I don't want you to think, like Tom Corbett, that I'm "just sitting here.")

3. What book are you reading at the moment (if any)? Several--March, Geraldine Brooks; Inside of a Dog, Alexandra Horowitz; Gilead, Marilynne Robinson; and The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein.

4. How do you relax? I do cross-stitch. Or I take a nap. If I am really stressed, I do Pilates. Or if I am really tired, I park my bum on the couch and watch tv while patting the dog.

5. What colour are the interior walls of your home? The living room and halls are beige, "Bonjour Beige" to be exact (Glidden). The dining room is "Fragrant Clove" (Olympic). The kitchen is "Gypsy Gold" (Valspar). The master is "River's Edge" (Behr). The study is "Arrow Wood" suede (Ralph Lauren). The craft room is white. (As you can see, we're brand loyal.)

6. What is your guiltiest pleasure? It used to be candy, but I gave that up in May to prepare for my sister's wedding--and guess what? She got engaged! I suppose it's ignoring the to-do list. Or getting so lost in books so that I can't hear anyone around me.

7. What time is bed time and getting up time? 10 pm/7 am or at Stella's pleasure (usually earlier, never later than 7:30).

8. How long do you spend reading blogs (per day or per week)? Too long. And not long enough.


Kathryn said...

My staple meal is The Cheesecake Factory! Seriously. Since I eat less than half of what I used to, I have no urge to cook at all. So all those cookbooks just sit there, glaring at me balefully. I used to do a Pork Chop and Rice Casserole (Indonesian spices) fairly often and various Mexican dishes, but they all make too much for both of us to eat. My most common dinner is now cereal with banana. Someday I think I will get back into cooking, but probably not this year.

Melissa said...

Great questions! I am definitely making the Chicago Dog Salad this weekend. Thanks for sharing that recipe.

When I clicked on the recipe link the ingredients listed "pork or beef hotdogs", the sponsor in the top right corner was Morningstar Farm. LOL....well it made me laugh.

Jennifer said...

I love those Rachel Ray books. I don't care if my husband finds her annoying - he likes her food. Have you tried the Chicken Caesar Burgers? Very good.

Our go to meal is spaghetti. I always have a box of spaghetti and a jar of sauce in the pantry. Always.