Monday, January 17, 2011 The Return Of Dinner

It's been almost a full month since the last dinner of 2010. I've been on break from school, but a vaca it has not been. I've been playing nurse to my husband who had surgery, working on some "behind the scenes" stuff and dieting! Three weeks without meat! I think my body is remembering what it used to feel like. I even went on a walk in the 30 degree weather - 2 miles of bitter cold mixed with sweat. Love it.

BUT! This weeks dinner will provide me with at least one serving of meat... Drum roll please...

It's Soup and Snackmaster Night!

You remember the Snackmaster! That triangular sandwich making machine. Holla if you remember the commercials! (HOLLA!) You could fry an egg in it, make a plethora of sandwich combinations, even apple pie! (YUCK!) I used to bring it to the theatre for "Snackmaster Saturdays" and we'd all sear our sandwiches on it and throw them out the window. Ah, children's theatre.

Although the Snackmaster didn't find it's way onto My Top Ten Kitchen Toys list it is a great toy. More of a novelty than a regular-use item, but it has it's purpose, and that is to feed and amuse.

My diet will be put on hold for the evening as I am making Cheeseburger Soup! Yet another treat I saw on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. I'm winging the recipe, of course, and using up the last of the goose stock. The soup includes ground beef, cheese, crushed tomatoes and LETTUCE! It's something I wanted to try when I first saw it, so I'm looking forward to the end result.

The guests will be providing the sandwiches - the first in a hopeful series of BYO Dinner Parties! This helps alleviate some of the costs for us and might make dinner parties more doable for others! I don't think it should cost a ton to enjoy a meal with friends. If everyone shares the costs it can be affordable!

I haven't thought about dessert at all. I'm sure I'll come up with something. Ice cream sandwiches?

Stay tuned!

Bang on, my peeps!



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