29 March 2011

giving up the fight. kind of.

I really like cooking. I also like trying to provide really healthy, well-rounded meals and snacks for my family. News flash: my house is filled with testosterone and they are over the quinoa. I have noticed I get far more compliments on the nights I cover things in cheese and gravy. And I mean, who am I kidding? I love pizza. I also love all things fried. And chocolate. Oh, and butter - isn't butter so so so so good? But I've got this little problem with self control. Like if I know that my really cute cookie jar from Anthropologie (I love it, okay?) is filled with something delicious, then I am going to think about whatever it is all day long until it's gone. It a sickness, folks. So I protect myself (and my muffin top) by limiting how many baked goods and delicious buttery casseroles enter the house.


But what's fair is fair. I live with a lot of dudes, and they like meat and potatoes and bread and noodles and butter and grease. So, it's compromise time. I figure if I serve vegetable laden, lean meat dishes most nights of the week, then a night or two of down home old school cookin' isn't going to hurt us too terribly. 


So a few weeks back I kicked it off with a full blown country meal. I have never seen plates cleaned so quickly. And then refilled. And then cleaned again. I also happened to invite my dad and grandpa over because the ladies were out of town and they actually went home, called their wives, and told them about the meal. Why do I not get this response with stir fry?


 photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman
On the menu? PW's chicken fried steak, biscuits, gravy (gave me an excuse to use my really cute gravy boat - I have issues with kitchenware) and a squash casserole, followed by homemade cherry pie. Do you feel a little chubbier just reading that? I do. But it was so dang good, and those really are the most fun meals to plan. And it's a great motivator to get myself moving and burn off the butter, you know? It kind of makes me mad that my skinny husband and constantly moving children don't have to consider these things, but whaddya gonna do?


So what's your favorite old school supper? I am compiling a list for our Sunday dinners. And if you're around, come on over!

13 comments:

  1. Just FYI...we had quinoa for dinner tonight...and I'm jealous of your dinner.

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  2. I love quinoa and my kids actually love it too... I do add a little butter and sea salt to it just before serving though;)
    The only thing both kids usually ask for seconds on is Pancakes! Not sure it's a Sunday dinner though? I have a great recipe I'll give you:)

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  3. Okay...that looks delicious! I am a girl who likes her comfort food but needs to stop because it's almost spring which leads to summer and that means shorts! Ugh! :)

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  4. We had quinoa yesterday, too - they will eat it, I just don't get the praise and accolades that I so desire :) Actually, truth be told, I think Nick would be happy with cardboard, but he made it abundantly clear that fried food is king!

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  5. My favorite old school supper is stuffed pork chops. My dad makes them for me whenever I go home, but I've avoided getting the recipe because I will be tempted to eat them way too often! Anything with mashed potatoes and gravy works for me, too!

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  6. Oh my goodness, I used to have chicken fried steak for lunch every Sunday after church. YUM.

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  7. Sounds amazing, but like you, I cannot control myself! My husband would love this... We LOVE comfort foods - casseroles especially laden with cheese :) Thank you so much for the sweet comment about my dad. It's been a tough month, but so glad to have the time to spend with him!

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  8. I'm a closet meatloaf lover. I know, gross, right?
    Love it when it's super cold and grey outside. That with mashed potatoes and gravy and corn. And biscuits, can't forget the biscuits! Jeesh, now I'm hungry!

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  9. I am a total grits lover making shrimp and grits one of my most fave Sunday suppers. p.s. I also have a tiny little obsession with kitchen items...what can I say I love a good butter dish.

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  10. I love potatoes and bread with butter in any form, however, I don't feel like I've had a full meal if there are no veggies on the side.

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  11. Fried chicken, but that's too close to your chicken fried steak so I'll go with mac and cheese please.

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  12. Nothing says comfort to me like pork chops smothered in cream of chicken soup served with mashed potatoes. It looks disgusting, but my stomach doesn't have eyes so it's all good.

    Stoppin by from SITS :)

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  13. Wish I had that ability...lol...My husband doesn't help much though...at least our new pup gets me out to burn off the calories I consume...I am a junkie for cinnamon rolls...my homemade doughnuts and my Giredhelli dark & Raspberry squares...hahaha.

    Much Love

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