Post # 176 Time to Make the Donuts

October 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 176 Time to Make the Donuts

Nope, today’s post is NOT about donuts.  I’ve written about them before and everyone knows how much I like them.  Today’s post is about cooking in general.  A long time ago, there used to be a series of commercials featuring a middle-aged man who, in the commercials, looked every year of those middle-aged years.  His shoulders slumped, his head hung, even his moustache drooped.  It was obvious that he was bone-dragging tired.  As he shuffled along, he could be heard muttering “Time to make the donuts.” in between moans.  Then he’d get to work, make the Dunkin’ Donuts, and his entire day would turn around.  He’d be bright and happy and have a huge smile as he sold the donuts he’d made so early that morning, ensuring that his customers got the freshest, best tasting donuts in the world.  It was a very effective ad.

I look at dinner that way sometimes.  Like everyone else in the world, I get so busy sometimes, or I get so tired sometimes, that cooking becomes about as uninspired as dry toast.  I’m having one of those days today.  I’m fighting a cold, although I’m fighting it successfully.  I’m tired.  I’m looking at the same words in the novel over and over again, trying to find some way to make certain they’re fresh and new.  I’m behind on the yard work.  I’m behind on the house work.  I’m ignoring the dogs.  All I can say is positive is that I don’t have any kids to take care of.  Today would not be a good day for them.

And I have to think about cooking.  Partner/spouse and FiL will want something good to eat this evening.  It’s not hot outside, but it’s not exactly cool either, so I don’t have the weather to inspire me.  The country seems to be going to dogs and fairly quickly.  The fight for gay rights is plugging along, but there’s two more reports of kids killing themselves, and an interview with a teacher who was one of the teachers who taught the convicted killer of a classmate saying she would have done the same thing.

And it’s time to make the donuts.

So I look at what I have and face the same questions family cooks have faced since the invention of families.  What the hell am I going to make for dinner on a night when I just don’t want to be awake, much less a night when I don’t want to cook.  Now, to his credit, Partner/spouse offered this morning to pick up something on the way home from work.  That’s not a decision I wanted to make at 6 a.m.  To be honest, that’s not a decision I want to make right now at 4 p.m.

Then, as I slogged through my day, there was a FB post from the Food Network asking, What is your go to mid-week meal that’s simple and tasty?  And I went to my freezer, and I went to my fridge, and I went to my pantry.  And I got nothing.  Except, well, I thought I’d really like to have a grilled steak tonight.  But that’s usually weekend stuff.  And I’ve got some leftover that I should use.  But there were two rib eye steaks staring at me from the freezer.  FiL doesn’t eat steak, he finds it to difficult to chew.  Plus, he likes it the consistency of shoe leather, and I refuse to cook it that way.  EVER.  So he gets either chicken or pork chop when we eat steak.  Oh, but what else could I have with that?  Usually, when we have steak on the weekend, we have a cold lettuce salad, and some bread.

Wait a minute.  I had all that.  I even had two sirloin steaks that would be perfect for the mid-week blahs I was feeling, and the makings for a salad.  Even some frozen garlic toast.  Ha!  So I answered Food Network’s FB question, and took care of my own dilemma at the same time.

So there I am!  Tonight’s dinner is all figured out.  I still have the blahs.  I still feel like I’ve accomplished nothing today.  I still feel a trifle under the weather.  Tomorrow’s dinner will have to figure itself out.

Tonight, we’re having steak and salad!  The donuts have been made!!!!

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