Tag: Dinner

It Doesn’t Take All Day To Eat A Turkey

Another Thanksgiving Day is almost here. There won’t be any turkey at my family’s house this year, instead we’ll be eating out but I know a lot of other families will be preparing large Thanksgiving dinners. That’s all well & good, but I hope that those people don’t lose sight of what’s important during this holiday – the season of giving thanks.

Personally, it’s been a rough year for me but I still have a lot to be thankful for. Don’t worry, I won’t get into that during this post. Maybe another time or even Thanksgiving, 2015. For now, I’d like to focus on other things you could be doing on Thanksgiving Day because let’s face it, it doesn’t take all day to eat a turkey! See below:

Volunteer – If you have food to eat & family to spend the day with, then you’re better off than close to 700,000 homeless people in this country. Before (or after) feeding yourself, find time to go & help feed other people tomorrow. Look for local volunteer opportunities in your area –  

Go shopping – We all know about the great deals that go on during Black Friday. But why wait? Why not start shopping on Thanksgiving? Click here to see which stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. If you insist on joining the madness on Friday, be sure to coordinate all of your store visits by clicking here. You could even have some fun by setting up an early breakfast or luncheon after you’re done with your midnight shopping runs. Last but not least, if you’re not interested in hitting any stores this season, keep your computer running so that you can shop online. There are great deals online, some greater than what you would find in the actual stores. So stay inside where it’s warm and click away!

Get one last good workout in before eating – We all know that Thanksgiving comes & goes and leaves us with extra pounds that we didn’t ask for. Instead of waiting for the new year to begin working out why not start today? Here are some quick workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home before you sit down for dinner on Thursday:

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Crunches
  • Squatting
  • Running in place
  • Lunges
  • Planking

Collect recipes now for leftovers – Nobody likes getting stuck with a bunch of leftovers. But since that’s what always happens on Thanksgiving, you might as well learn some new ways to handle all that extra turkey. Karen Temple from The Aiken Standard wrote some tips on how to handle all the leftovers –

The practice of eating leftovers has been around since man first discovered that food gathered or hunted today could be ‘preserved’ and safely eaten tomorrow. But that’s just the thing – you want to make sure the leftovers are safe and not going to make anyone sick!

  • Since you know there are likely to be leftovers from the Thanksgiving meal, safe food handling practices become even more important. Be extremely careful that you don’t cross contaminate, taking particular care to keep items that will be eaten raw away from uncooked poultry or meat while preparing the food
  • After the meal, package and refrigerate leftovers promptly. Do not leave items on the table or kitchen counter for grazing throughout the day! Large amounts of dense foods (mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc) will cool more quickly if packaged in smaller containers for storage
  • Most leftovers can be safely stored in the refrigerator for three to four days if they have been properly handled on the front end. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases
  • If you will not be eating the leftover food within three to four days, freeze it immediately. Bacteria do grow at refrigeration temperatures (just more slowly than at room temp) so don’t store the food in the refrigerator for days before deciding to freeze it
  • Lastly, when in doubt, throw it out  

 

Clink on some of the links below for ‘leftover recipes’ –

 

Happy Turkey Day everyone!!

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Why I Can’t “Dig Into” Food Trucks

There are a lot of food trucks in the area that I live. I have tried a few of them but I never really got into the whole food truck craze. While I think the concept of a “mobile restaurant” is pretty cool I do think it’s kind of strange that someone can cook a whole meal inside of an automobile. Doesn’t it seem a little weird to eat food that was cooked right next to a transmission or an engine?

First off, I always worry about the cleanliness of food trucks. The same hands that handle the food also handle my money. Sometimes I see the workers use gloves but they don’t always take them off when handling cash. And that’s just not right. With so many hands grabbing at everything, how can they possible keep everything completely sterile? Besides, is the food from these trucks even made on location? What if the food is made in someone else’s kitchen & brought into the food truck before they open?  Who knows where these meals really come from.

Secondly, I don’t like standing outside in the heat (or in the cold for that matter). Who wants to be outside in the sweltering heat just to get a burger? Sure food trucks have an awesome menu, but unless your food is THAT good it’s just not worth the wait. And in the wintertime when it’s raining cats & dogs that probably means the food trucks that I like won’t even be outside. Extreme weather conditions make it difficult to patronize food trucks.

Thirdly, because food trucks are always moving around it gets harder & harder to keep track of where they are. If I have a midnight craving for macaroni & cheese, how am I supposed to find my favorite mac’n’cheese truck if it’s moved across town? Not all food trucks are listed on the internet and can be very hard to find. The ones with the larger followings are easily traceable but unless you’re a “foodie” who can keep up?

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think food trucks are good for niche meals. You just have to be careful in choosing the right one.

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I’m Too Old For Free Dinners

With the weekend coming up, I’m sure everyone is starting to make plans for Friday & Saturday night. There’ll be a lot of clubbin’, some partying and plenty of dates. Dating is a lot of fun no matter what age you are, but some dates can be a waste of time.

When I was in college I used to go out with men just to get a free meal. I grew weary of eating cafeteria food but didn’t have the money to eat out. There were plenty of older men who were willing to treat a young lady so I went for it. But then I grew out of that. After I graduated college I went out with lots of men, not for the free food but because I was eager to meet new people and free dinners were very easy to come by. Men who were interested in dating me treated me to all sorts of things, and it was very exciting. But at some point even free meals get old.

Now that I’m at a certain point in my life, I no longer feel the need to go out with a guy just for a free dinner. I’d rather stay home. It takes a lot of time & effort to prepare for a date and sometimes it’s just not worth it. Why spend 2-3 hours with a guy (and sometimes longer) who turns out to be corny or is just a bad date? I would prefer to enjoy my couch & a good movie instead of wasting my time going out. Guys have to remember that time is money, so even though he’s spending money on our date I’m spending my time on him.  As you get older you value your time more and more. And every date is not a good date, even if it includes free food.

There just comes a point when you don’t feel like really dating, even if there’s a free dinner involved.

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I Don’t Do Residential Dating

Just because it is 2013 doesn’t mean that men are allowed to slack off on chivalry or courting a woman properly. Apparently, there are a lot of men out there who prefer “residential dating”, meaning cooking dinner or watching movies at home, rather than taking a woman out on a date.

It seems that these men would rather eat-in towards the beginning of the courtship and go out to dinner more frequently once they are in a committed relationship. Their rationale is that they shouldn’t invest in someone until you know for sure whether or not you want to be with them. But I think that thought process is backwards and that a woman shouldn’t be cooking in the beginning of a relationship but going out to eat more instead.

The problem with the stay-at-home date is that you don’t get to see how your date interacts with other people and it invites intimacy (read: sex) into the relationship a lot sooner.  Yes, it shows a lot of thought & effort when someone cooks for you but the whole point of dating is to get to know someone not impress them with your cooking skills. There’s nothing wrong with grabbing a beer (or in my case, a glass of wine) and hanging out at a sports bar or getting appetizers at a local spot. Plus now that it’s Spring and daylight savings time is here, why would you even want to be indoors? Take me to the lake for a walk or the beach for some sun. We could even hit a sporting event & order hot dogs, or you could let me beat you in a round of miniature golfing (lol!)

Personally, I’m not impressed by a man’s extravagance, but more by his resourcefulness. So if you can’t think of ways to get to know me outside of your house, then we can’t date.

I already know that men complain that dating is expensive but I would like to know that I am worth your hard earned dollars.

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Dating Is More Expensive For Women Than It Is For Men

A male friend of mine was telling me of a conversation he had with one of his guy friends about the cost of dating. He figured that in one year he spent close to $10,000 in dating alone, between dinners, the movies, taking trips, black-tie events, gifts, concerts, etc. Now he may have been exaggerating a bit, but the discussion continued on about how expensive dating can be and how women don’t have to spend hardly anything. I adamantly disagreed with this and explained to my male friend that women have to spend money too. Dating isn’t free for us either.

After this conversation, I started to really think about how much I spend on dating. On average, men spend around $50 on a date – depending on where he lives – give or take. As a woman, my money is mostly spent on preparing for the date not to mention the dates that I do occasionally pay for. Hair appointments and nail appointments can cost over $100 easily. Not to mention new outfits, shoes & accessories. My friend was quick to point out that buying new clothes for a date isn’t necessary; therefore I couldn’t count that as a “dating expense”. I told him that it does count because although we women can wear the same clothes after a date, the new outfit would not have been purchased had it not been for that date. For example, if a man takes a woman out to dinner & spends $25 on her meal & $25 on his meal he won’t say the date only costs $25. Instead, he’ll say that the date was $50 – the total cost of the dinner. The argument is that he would not have spent $25 on his meal unless he was out on that date. So, it’s the same thing with a woman buying new clothes for a date. And as for getting my hair & nails done, it may not be necessary but it’s something that men certainly enjoy seeing.

And there’s more to it than just money. Women take a lot of time getting ready than men (between hair, makeup and the like) so not only does it cost us more money, we lose more time preparing for the date. And we all know that time is money.

So gentlemen, yes dating is expensive for women too!

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