Archive for What’s for dinner surveys…

Super Bowl Sunday – What are you serving?

I’ll have a new recipe post up later today, but in the meantime I wanted to know what everyone is serving for their Super Bowl Sunday meal.  We always eat a meal of all appetizers so I’ll be making little smokies in cranberry chili sauce, nachos, pizza bagels, sliders, chips and dip, veggies with hummus and whatever else gets requested as those get eaten. We’ll also have oreo stuffed chocolate chip cookies and red velvet cupcakes, and lots of m&ms. So, what are you serving? And what’s your favorite part of the Super Bowl, the game or the commercials?  Comment below! :)


What’s for dinner Wednesday! You tell me….

Okay, it’s Wednesday again. Not sure how that happened. I’ve been lucky enough to have several good dinners in the past week in honor of my son’s twelfth birthday—we celebrated with a home-cooked meal on his birthday (since it was a school night) then went out to the restaurant of his choice for a Friday night birthday meal. The home-cooked birthday dinner was my favorite meal of the week, partly because it’s one of my favorite meals, and partly because he was so happy and that made me happy.

In any case, best meal of the week for me was: Birthday dinner of (none other than last week’s recipe) Turkey sweet-ish meatballs with apple butter gravy served with buttered noodles, baked sweet potato, roasted salt and pepper asparagus, and locally baked artisan Italian bread.

What was your best meal of the past week? Did you make it or did someone else? Click on comment and let me know…



What’s for dinner Wednesday! Tell me!

Okay, I made the executive decision to cancel “what’s for dinner Wednesday” last week because I hadn’t actually eaten dinner in the previous week thanks to the stomach flu. Happy to say I’m feeling much better and I’ve enjoyed several tasty meals in the past week.

This past weekend I ventured to New York City with two fabulous writer friends so we could all attend the Writer’s Digest Conference. Though we were going to attend seminars on publishing, writing and digital marketing, two of us also attended an event called “Pitch Slam”, which is the Literary Agent equivalent of speed dating.

For two hours on Saturday the 50-some agents in attendance gathered in one of the ballrooms at the Sheraton Towers Hotel and somewhere around 600 nervous writers lined up to give them a 90-second pitch of their current writing project. After the 90-second pitch the agent then had 90 seconds to reply to the author and either request to read some of their work or offer suggestions or comments. The moderators rang a cow bell (seriously) every three minutes so people would know when their time was up and it was time to move on to the next agent line.

Most. Stressful. Thing. I’ve. Ever. Done.


I had made reservations for a nice dinner at the restaurant Beacon (and I’d specified that we wanted a table where we could sit comfortably and chat for a long time because we’d either be celebrating or drowning our sorrows, depending on how the pitch slam went). I’m thrilled to say we were celebrating as the two of us who pitched both got requests to send our manuscripts to agents. Yay!

To make things even better the food at the restaurant was AMAZING (drink). My best dinner in the past week was, without question, the celebration meal at Beacon. Beacon’s menu is predominantly fire-roasted foods and most items are available a la carte, so you can mix and match and order what you’d like. We each ordered our own main dish and we shared three sides of grilled vegetables. My yummy dinner consisted of fire-roasted caper and garlic crusted lamb chops, roasted asparagus, roasted assorted wild mushrooms, and roasted butternut squash. Delicious! Great food, great company—the perfect way to cap off such a stressful, hectic day.

So, what was your best dinner in the past week? Did you cook it yourself or did someone else? Click on “comment” and let me know!



New Weekly Post – What’s-for-dinner Wednesday!

Confession: I’m somewhat obsessed with food. I love to eat. I love to cook. I love to feed people. I even love talking about food.

I feel much better now.

Since food is such an important part of my life it has managed to make a significant appearance in my novel as well. The two couples in Meant to Be meet as neighbors and their friendship develops as they share weekly dinners together. One of the characters, Marienne, is an amazing cook, and the meals she prepares are often mentioned in the book, which is why the recipes I archive here will often be “her” recipes. (All the characters like to eat, they just have some varying preferences.

In between weekly recipe posts, I’d like to know a bit about what my readers enjoy cooking or eating. I’m going to try out a new weekly post called “What’s For Dinner Wednesdays”. Each Wednesday I’d like to hear about the best dinner you ate the previous week. It doesn’t matter if it was something you cooked, something someone else cooked for you, or something you ate at a restaurant—I just want to know what it was. (I’m nosy that way.)

If it’s something you made yourself and you’d like to share the recipe, feel free to contact me (you can use the tab up top that says “contact me”) and I’ll consider posting it as a guest recipe some week. If it’s something you absolutely love to eat and you can’t find a recipe for it, maybe I can track one down for you. In the meantime, leave a comment and tell us all two things:

1) What was the best dinner you had in the past week?
2) Did you make it yourself or did someone else prepare it?

I’ll start by answering the question myself….

1) My best dinner in the past week was a grilled rosemary marinated chicken breast sandwich with Portobello mushrooms, melted swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayonnaise on a toasted challah roll served with fresh cut French fries.
2) The chef at a local café prepared this, not me.

So, what was yours?