I had good intentions when I started this blog. Visions of a weekly travel-related post, a garden-related post, and a food-related post. I think that lasted a week. The blog then degenerated into Kat’s Blog o’ Babble — but, hey, I’m having fun with it, so that’s all that matters, right?!
Food is one of my loves, though — integral to the travel experience and part of many of our best memories of time spent with family and friends (as I noted in my post regarding our 20-year dinner club tradition). It’s not that I don’t want to blog about food, it’s just that I am at the stage of life that most nights we are lucky if we find ourselves all seated around the dinner table at the same time. Some weeknights we have a progressive dinner theme, eating in stages and “courses” throughout the evening, to accommodate varying work and activity commitments. Moreover, since my husband is the primary cook in the house, I am not routinely cooking with camera in hand (even when I do cook, the camera is not usually part of the process) — and if I would hover with camera in hand while he cooked, our 20+ year marriage would not endure.
This past weekend, my husband found a recipe for stuffed squash on a blog called “The Dirt.” When he told me the source of the recipe he adapted (by adding some bread crumbs, garlic, sweet Italian instead of regular sausage), I excitedly exclaimed, “I follow that blog!” This exciting discovery of another mutual interest after 20+ years together was lost on my husband.
As he pulled the stuffed squash out of the oven, they screamed “food-related blog post”! (I, for some reason, am the only family member who heard their plea.) I dashed upstairs to grab my camera, and carefully turned my plate, trying to capture the lovely autumnal dish in the most favorable light. We even had set the table, in anticipation of a leisurely family dinner. Notice my husband’s half-eaten squash in the background? It gives you some idea of how long I fussed over the photo. This is why “Eat” is an elusive post.
Last night, I actually cooked. I planned ahead, using my handy-dandy “No Time to Cook” smartphone app from Real Simple while standing in the grocery store (gosh I love that thing — pick the main ingredient and whether you have 20, 30 or 40 minutes to cook, and an array of great weeknight recipes pop up on your screen). I knew we had some cheese ravioli in the freezer, and had selected a simple pasta dish, “Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin.”
The photo below is what I have to show for that dish (after moving the piles of mail out of sight and wiping away the crumbs on the counter):
As I lamented the fact I had not taken a picture of the golden-brown, cheese-topped bubbly pasta dish when it came out of the oven, my husband looked at me, puzzled, and said, “just post the photo from the recipe’s website.” (Did I mention my husband doesn’t even read my blog, let alone follow other food blogs on a routine basis?) I looked at him in horror, and whined, “I CAN’T do that!” He wisely did not ask me to explain. This is why “Eat” is an elusive post.
Stuffed Squash from “The Dirt” blog: http://thedirt.areavoices.com/2012/11/02/stuffed-squash/
Creamy Ravioli and Pesto Gratin (from Real Simple): http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/creamy-ravioli-pesto-gratin-recipe-00000000028124/index.html
Ciao! ~ Kat