It’s time for another What’s For Dinner post. These are meals from February 11-21. I’m still not in the habit of remembering to take photos every night and honestly, you probably don’t want to see a picture of our dinner from Sonic Drive-In last night. So I just wait until I have enough photos to share.
For the most part I stick to my planned weekly menus but when David is going to Sonic to pick up popcorn chicken for the dog (Shiloh is on antibiotics and we are disguising the tablets in pieces of chicken) the temptation to take a night off from cooking…and doing dishes…can be too great. Plus, I really like their onion rings.
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So let’s take a look at some of our recent meals.
David and I spent the night in Oklahoma City the Tuesday before Valentine’s Day as an early celebration. It’s far less busy that way. We had a wonderful dinner at Mahogany Prime Steakhouse. As the name suggests, they are known for their steaks and David ordered a filet. I would usually do the same because they really do serve some of the best steaks anywhere. But I find that I generally feel better when I eat fish or seafood rather than beef. I decided to try their jumbo shrimp and I was not disappointed. It was honestly some of the best shrimp I’ve ever had.
I had initially thought I would cook a nice steak dinner at home on Valentine’s Day but when David found out that the local Elks Lodge would be serving a prime rib dinner he thought we should offer our support. He is a relatively new member.
I didn’t have very high expectations but it was alright. The prime rib was better than I had expected. The martini, however? I ordered a gin martini with a twist. The cloudy appearance should have tipped me off but no, I took a sip expecting icy cold gin with a hint of lemon. Instead I was unpleasantly surprised by an extra dirty martini. I know a lot of people love those but I’m no fan of green olives and especially not in a cocktail.
David took it back to the bar for me, told the bartender that it was supposed to be a gin martini with a twist but this one had olive juice in it and her response? “Yeah?” He explained that “with a twist” meant a lemon twist instead of olives, not in addition. Fortunately he watched her as she remade the drink and caught her just in time before she started to add olive juice AGAIN. So I did get my drink as ordered. Sort of. The ingredients were correct but not chilled. It was just room temperature gin. I should have ordered a glass of wine.
David was off work for Presidents Day so we went out to lunch at a local cafe. We started our meal with fried green tomatoes. And I love the fact they have a container of trivia cards on each table. We quizzed each other until the food came.
We both ordered salads. Mine came in a tortilla bowl.
Soup is one of my favorite things to make and fortunately David and Chris both enjoy a good soup. David loved this homemade chicken noodle soup although he did point out that the ratio of liquid to solids in this one might not technically be considered soup. I served it with grilled cheese sandwiches.
We had a late afternoon meeting in town and then David had another meeting at 7 p.m. There was not enough time in between to go home for dinner so we ate at our favorite local Italian restaurant. David had baked ziti and I had the pasta trio special (lasagna, ravioli and cannelloni).
As I’ve mentioned before, David is not a big fan of fish so I try to reserve fish dinners for the nights he is elsewhere. On this night, David was playing cornhole and Chris was here so I cooked some frozen cod filets and served it with rice, asparagus and salad.
And for our final meal in this series, it was “one of those nights”. I had been in town for a couple of hours before heading to Aldi for our weekly groceries. I was already exhausted after a couple of nights of very poor sleep and the thought of cooking dinner after shopping and putting away groceries, and especially cleaning up afterwards just seemed like more than I was up to.
It occurred to me that frozen pizzas are a thing. I honestly can’t recall the last time I bought a frozen pizza. It’s been years. But I had heard that Aldi’s frozen pizzas aren’t bad. That may be true of some but we didn’t care for the one I bought – buffalo chicken. I served it with a salad. We ate it but neither of us was all that impressed. Still, cleanup was a breeze and sometimes that’s good enough.
And that wraps up this What’s For Dinner. Hopefully next time will be a more “normal” week with most of our meals at home and I’ll be able to share some recipes.