Jan 8---Project eat-in. How do you stay in?

Marketing experts may know our drivers of why we eat out.  My experience dictates we eat out because of boredom, laziness, a mentality that eating out is cheaper than making the food at home, variety, and for social purposes.  We eat out for convenience.  We get take out for convenience. But is it really more convenient? 

When did making meals become a chore instead of an enjoyable activity?  When we order our food from a billboard, do we not take something away from the sacredness of breaking bread with our families?  And really, does it take longer to prepare a meal than to acquire take-out or drive to a restaurant?  Honestly?  I have quick recipes and a crock pot and I have no excuses left.  I can do this! 

How do you stay in?  And how do you find the drive to overcome all of the internal and external temptations? 


Jan 8---Happy English Toffee Day (and the adventure known as life

To celebrate English Toffee Day we made Heath Pie (apparantly like they serve at Perkins).  I googled and found the recipe here, but the verdict is still out.  I am wanting something well-set, almost custardy, and am afraid of glop come dinner time.  I did have fun however divulging the deliciousness to my fam; oh, how I love Heath bars!!

I'm also going to entertain the idea of a jalapeno cream cheese sauce for mexi-night!  I've eaten at a chainy (but local chain methinks) restaurant that has a jalapeno cream cheese sauce...and I think they put it in a broiler (or salamander I think they are called), because it comes out delicious and ooey and gooey with a slight brown on the cheese.  Perfection!  I'm also not really one for spicy foods (which might be a problem come hot and spicy food day), but this is tinged with a jalapeno flavor.

Wish me luck!  I'm just trying to keep things new and interesting---I have a while to go (357 days, 11:30:22...not that I'm counting)