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Meatless Monday: Penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter

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The Wife likes to hide things on me. She plays coy, but I know she does it on purpose. She does it with my wallet, my iPhone, and other stuff around the house. On Monday night, she did it with the pine nuts.

I knew that I had purchased a jar of pine nuts on Saturday while grocery shopping. Since they are so damn expensive, I was a little concerned as to where they landed. I asked The Wife. She played dumb. No, she would tell me, I don’t know where they are. Continue reading Meatless Monday: Penne with roasted asparagus and balsamic butter

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Grocery list: Easter Sunday 2013 (and a Gaslight Anthem)

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Every couple reaches a point in their relationship where they don’t need to look at or speak to one another to communicate. I don’t believe in extrasensory perception, but I do believe that when I screw something up that The Wife emits a different type of energy.

Today’s tale of marital bliss began yesterday when my gas light came on. I ignored it, but it did not escape notice of The Wife. She wanted to stop on the way home from lunch with The Grandparents to get gas. I wanted to get home to get The Kid (and me) down for a nap.

I should have stopped for gas last night when I picked up dinner, but I wanted to get home to watch basketball and figured I could get gas on Sunday before or after our Wegmans trip.

I loaded The Kid into her seat of my Honda Pilot and started the car. It stuttered, coughed and conked out. Without even looking, I knew exactly what face The Wife was wearing. Continue reading Grocery list: Easter Sunday 2013 (and a Gaslight Anthem)

Saturday dinner part one: Beer mussels (plus marital advice)

2013-03-23 at 17-37-01AL DENTE’S TIPS TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE, NO. 15: Listen to your wife when she says that she does or does not like something.

For years, I’ve skipped ordering mussels at restaurants as an app or cooking them at home because I thought that The Wife did not like them. The Sister was home a couple of weeks ago. After years of eschewing seafood, she has fallen in love with it and is eating any fish she can get her hands on. During her visit, she asked what mussels tasted like. We talked about them and I mentioned that The Wife didn’t like mussels. Imagine my surprise when she said that she did like them.

AL DENTE’S TIPS TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE, NO. 22: Ask your wife if she likes something or whether she is willing to simply tolerate it.

2013-03-23 at 16-59-14How was that possible? How was it that for 10 years of marriage and the seven years of dating prior I believed that she didn’t like something. I could have sworn that she told me that she didn’t like mussels. It turns out that she likes them, but not as much as she likes shrimp, clams or scallops. After 17 years, we had broken new ground.

AL DENTE’S TIPS TO A HAPPY MARRIAGE, NO. 23: Stop trying to understand the difference between disliking something and simply not liking it as much as something else.

So on Saturday when I asked The Wife what she wanted for dinner and I got the response, “I wouldn’t say no to fish,” I sprang to action. Okay, so maybe not “sprang.” I’m not sure I’ve ever “sprang,” “sprung” or any other derivative of the verb “spring” before. I digress… Continue reading Saturday dinner part one: Beer mussels (plus marital advice)

Last week dinner: Braised chicken with fennel and apples

2013-03-13 at 17-17-40Last week got away from me.

Had it not, this would have been posted some time Thursday. It might have even been written the evening that I cooked it. But a combination of factors kept me away from the keyboard:

  1. Sleep. I haven’t been doing a lot of it lately.
  2. Real Racing 3 for the iPad. I have been doing a lot of that.
  3. Work. We had an event last Thursday night. With the considerable lack of number one during the previous nights, I was pretty disinterested in concentrating on, well, anything.

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This week at Al Dente: H/T to Jane Maynard

Each week I post my upcoming menu at This Week For Dinner, the blog run by Foodpress editor Jane Maynard. I think Jane has an awesome job as the editor of WordPress‘ food section and it’s not just because I’m kissing her ass to get featured (though I wouldn’t mind it.). Most of what people post on Jane’s blog looks good and, in a couple of instances, I’ve followed those blogs to see the results. But for every discovery there is the person who takes Hamburger Helper and makes a casserole out of it. Gak.

As a take on Jane’s concept, I offer my grocery list for the week after the jump.

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