As I sat at the kitchen table flipping through one magazine after another, I couldn’t find enough recipes for a week’s worth of meals. Recipes tended to fall into one of two categories. Either they were too similar to recipes I had cooked recently such as an Asian chicken salad or sliced beef salad; too much like my regular repertoire of pasta and vegetables of some sort; or recipes that Joe and I would like but knew in my heart would be rejected by the girls. And what’s the point? To go through the expense and trouble of cooking a meal that would be rejected by half of the diners was simply wasteful.
I was feeling horribly uninspired and didn’t know what to do about dinner this week. Call me #uninspired, even though I don’t usually talk in hashtags.
I turned to Joe and asked him what he would like for dinner. He gave me his most common response that anything is fine, he’s not picky. And then when I told him my dilemma, he asked why I was trying so hard. If I’m in a slump, why not cook simple, no-brainer meals? Hamburgers one night and hot dogs another?
Well, that was just enough to fill in the two empty slots on my shopping list meal plan, so I went with his suggestion. Last night we had the hamburgers, cheeseburgers to be exact – how inspired, right? I prepared a fresh, vinegar cole slaw to go with them based off of this Rachael Ray recipe.
And dinner was good. Better than good. Those burgers, which had been mixed with a bit of Papa Joe’s seasoning, were juicy, savory and perfect. Dinner couldn’t have been better if I had found a recipe.
Joe, you’re inspiring.