What happens when 20,000 thing come at you all at once?

When 20,000 things happen at once, your new blog ends up on the bottom of  things to do.  After 4 years of putting my heart and all my money in to a small buisness, I decided to call it quits!  And Wow, just as much time goes into ending a buisness.  The dust has settled and I am making a commitment to continue with my blog, oh, and finding a new carear.  Hummmm, what do I want to be when I go up? A friend sent me this article from the NYTimes  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/business/08consume.html and made me think maybe we can live on one salary.  Then I thought, I really want stuff, is that so awful?  Well for now I am going to cook for my family.


braising lamb shanks

Last year I told myself that I needed to make better choices when it comes to my families food, where it comes from, how far is it coming and how it’s processed.

Costco is a love-hate store.  I  love the deals, I hate the amount of food you have to get.  Boxes of fruit that doesn’t really even look good. When I looked at where there produce was coming from, I realized I can get fresh greens from right here in town from local farmer.  Then I looked at our meat products, still a great deal on prices and we can freeze meat.

Well my thoughts on this are changing.  I discovered Swinery Meats last week.  A local butcher in West Seattle.  I ran across their blog and they had just posted –

Tuesday: Recipe Tester Day! Recipe club testers get 30% off on shanks (lamb, veal, or even goat) to make a springy version of Osso Bucco. Stop by and give it a try!

ummmm ok…

The smell of the braised lamb shanks, filled my house with goodness.  The recipe came with a Risotto recipe, I made mashed potatoes it seemed more like comfort food.

My twelve-year-old said she only wanted salad and mashed potatoes.  I don’t like to force food on my kids, I did tell her she should at least try it.

I could not believe how tender and absolutely yummy this lamb was, it didn’t even taste like lamb.  While my husband and I are just making yummy sounds at the dinner table, my daughter all of a sudden gets up and goes to the kitchen with her plate.  I am going to try it.  I was so happy when I looked over and she said with a little grin – taste like pork.

You can really taste the difference in a good piece of meat.  As my husband was licking his fingers he said ” if we cut back on our meat consumption we could afford shopping there” .   He was right it was spendy, if we didn’t get that 30% off it would have been a spendy meal for our family.   So do we cut back on how many time we actually eat meat and when we do only eat really good meat.  I say YES.

hodgepodge table will start with a flatliner

Making dinner at my house can be tricky, trying to incorporate the likes of  a meat lover, a vegetarian and a gluten free family member.

Tonight was not a night for making dinner, sometime you just gotta go and leave  the kids at home with soup and grilled cheese and head down to your local pub.    Gavin and I headed out  to Jules Mae in Georgetown, to play a little pinball, air hockey and Donkey Kong.

the flatliner - some may say heartattach - I say yummy

The flatliner, good name for a heaping plate of tater-tots topped with a fair amount of  melted cheese, onions, peppers,  sour cream and don’t forget the bacon.

I’ll make dinner tomorrow night.