Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pasta Night

After putting in a couple really busy and tough days, we actually have a night to ourselves this week.  So, on the way home we discussed what we could share for dinner.  You’ll find this will be a common theme in this blog.

The thing is, when we share, we must figure out a way for it to nod to both of our styles.  One thing MUST be in common though, flavor.

We decided, pasta…yes!  I had chicken sausage to adorn my bowl of linguine, and we added Mushrooms to hers.

Anyhow, after a bath, feeding the animals and so on, I put it together along with a little wine.  So during he cooking process it was announced that the wine was taking hold.

We sat down while watching TV, and there was virtual silence between the both of us for a short while.  Then it happened.  “You are the best boyfriend in the world.”  Huh.  Wow.  Chuckle.

Those are my moments when I know it’s special.  I live for them. The food was basic, and yeah, the sauce kicked butt. It’s the fact that I can feed her and make her feel special with something so basic, even easy.  It made my entire day.

Oh yeah, I’m writing this about to do the dishes, and she is down for the count, out like a light…..and I know tonight she will get a good night’s sleep.  That’s what is special about passion in the kitchen, meat or no meat.

Sweet dreams baby.

In the beginning…

How does one who loves everything meaty, stuffed with sausage, roasted, caramelized, sizzling and dripping with fat, fall hopelessly in love with one who is sweet, tender, leafy, tofu, quinoa, namaste and more?

Simple.

On our first “date” (well it wasn’t a date, it was brunch) she ordered Eggs Benedict and gave me the ham.  I thought, “This girl is cool! She’s vegetarian, and NOT militant!”.  That was just about 3 years ago.

Today, we are full on in love, co-habitating with a dog, a cat and a love for all things good & flavorful.  Through our journey I have been introduced to a new wonderful world of textures, flavors and some things I never new existed before.  Yup, I’ve been to Veg-Fest, Green-Fest, vegetarian restaurants, PCC and even made our own pet food.  Things I never new were possible 5 short years ago. Also during this time I was encouraged to visit the doctor and get my blood work done.  Low and behold I have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as a family history with some check marks on the bad side.

If you’ve got to change, might as well blog about it.  This will be a glimpse into our world and report on what we like, where we go, and what we discover.  I look back on some days where meat doesn’t even enter the picture, and it’s cool.  There are those days when I give into the demon inside and take down some pork belly in a big bad way.

Today for example, we are looking forward to going to my best buddies house for dinner this weekend.  He has a very nice menu planned with Prime Rib as well as salad, scalloped potatoes and vegetable.  After discussing the menu via email, he sends a panicked note back where his wife reminded him my girl is vegetarian.  We must have to change the main course is demanded. Remember when I said my gal is cool?  Well she is because one of the things that gets under her garter is when people go out of their way when planning for our menu.  I indicated please don’t change, she will be fine with the bevy of meatless goodies, yet he still wanted to completely reboot the bounty.

So, I’ll report back if he took the advice of simply adding a roasted portobello mushroom, or not.

The New Meat and Potatoes is a blog dedicated to everyone who loves to embrace the ying and the yang of  life.  We love each other more each day when we can celebrate the diversity of our tastes.

Stay tuned!