Mostly Spinach

Simple is mostly better. Mostly. Simple spinach is just dang boring. This was my lunch today. My work provides china and silverware. 😀 I like that very much, thank you. Anywho, lunch. Last night we had these wonderful steaks that Mr. Pumpkin grilled. I had a bag of spinach and 2 strips of leftover bacon from breakfast. What to do…. Mostly Spinach Bacon grease, 2 tablespoons, maybe more 1 chopped shallot 3 cloves of garlic, sliced and then chopped. * Continue Reading ››

French Onion Soup

Sunday afternoon was cold. Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. COLD. So Mr. Pumpkin suggested French Onion Soup. I agreed. On the way home from church we stopped to pick up the few things we needed and then Bob’s your Uncle and we are starting soup. Mr. Pumpkin did most of the work. Which starts with peeling and slicing up enough onions to make our apartment a danger zone. So he chopped and chopped and chopped. Continue Reading ››

So I haven’t been actually blogging, like I thought I would, or How Lentils and Sausage Reminded Me To Blog

Blogging. I need to do it. I promised myself and some other wonderful people I would do it. And yet, I failed. So, tonight I made a lentil and sausage thing and while I liked it, it needs work before it’s a great dish. So I was thinking about how to keep track of this recipe since storing it in my head means that I’ll just make another with the same mistakes. I think the best place to track the Continue Reading ››

Steak Porn

We purchased a sub-primal Prime graded piece of meat at CostCo a month ago.  I’m only now getting around to blogging about it.  Mr. Pumpkin was worried the steaks would be too crusty.  They were not. The green stuff is Chimichuri, which I’ve blogged about before. I leave you with potato porn: These potatoes…I can’t tell you to make them strongly enough. They are simple and extremely tasty. And, again, with feeling: Roasted Potatoes 1. a bunch of potatoes, as many Continue Reading ››

Mr. Pumpkin says, “Red grease is the tastiest grease.”

What to do for dinner? I dunno, says I at 3:30. I dunno. I’ve got one chicken breast, some tortillas and some cheese… I know! Chicken Tacos. We love tacos. I’ve even got a packet of Tacos El Pastor from McCormick, that most Mexican of spice companies. To be fair I did pick it up at the Fiesta Mart. I sliced up a shallot, crushed and chopped some garlic, grated some quesadilla cheese (seriously, that’s what it’s called) and sliced Continue Reading ››

Mr. Pumpkin’s Delicious Birthday Dinner

Yesterday was Mr. Pumpkin’s birthday.  (Mr. Pumpkin is my husband.) I did a bit of grocery shopping on Wednesday and then asked him what he would like for his birthday dinner.  In a bit of hilarity, he named exactly the dinner I had planned for Wednesday night.  So I made eggs and sausage for Wednesday instead, because breakfast is always yummy. Fiesta Mart here in Dallas has great deals on certain cuts of meat, fajita being one of the best. Continue Reading ››

B & B Ristorante at the Venitian

Back in May, Mr. Pumpkin took me to Las Vegas.  He had a conference to attend and work and I got to go along.  Way back in the days of dating, last year, we also went to Las Vegas and had a two fantastic dinners, both of them at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich restaurants.  This last time we only managed to repeat one of them. If you go to Las Vegas, do yourself a favor and put aside enough Continue Reading ››

Alton Brown and Good Eats

One of the things Mr. Pumpkin and I share is a love of cooking. Not just everyday open a box and heat it up cooking, but COOKING! We both enjoy well prepared food, not necessarily fancy or complex food, but a perfect steak is a thing we love, along with Alton Brown and his show Good Eats. My aunt, Tante Hertha, gave me two of the three Good Eats companion cookbooks.  We bought the missing book of the trilogy with Continue Reading ››