September 24, 2007

Would You Rather?

Would you rather…

  • Wake up to breakfast prepared just how you like it or…
  • Come home to your favorite dinner ready to be served?
Posted by James at September 24, 2007 10:34 AM
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Dinner. I wouldn't have time to enjoy the breakfast.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 24, 2007 10:46 AM

Depends. Do I get to go back to bed after breakfast?

Posted by: Judy at September 24, 2007 10:57 AM

Either one. It's always a happy meal if I don't have to cook it.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at September 24, 2007 10:58 AM

Dinner. I don't generally eat much for breakfast and my favorite would generally to go out if I'm going to eat a full one. Dinner on the other hand is an every day thing and often i don't want to cook after coming home at the end of the day.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 24, 2007 11:57 AM

Dinner. I eat a granola bar for breakfast.

Posted by: Maggie at September 24, 2007 12:22 PM

Dinner - There are so many more options and so much more time to enjoy it.

Posted by: briwei at September 24, 2007 12:35 PM

I didn't say it had to be during the week. Don't you folks have plenty of time to enjoy breakfast on the weekends?

I guess "come home to dinner" is being interpreted as "come home from work" but it isn't necessarily.

Posted by: James at September 24, 2007 12:46 PM

Although either meal would be delightful, I'd be more concerned as to who got into my house, and how.

Posted by: Julie at September 24, 2007 1:03 PM

Breakfast at home isn't one of my favorite things. I'm fine with pnacakes of french toast, etc. but I'd much rather go out to the DeLuxe Town Diner in Arlington for their homemade corned beef hash, johnny cakes (GF) and eggs. Or to Soundbites in Somerville for just about anything. Or best yet, to the Blue Room in Kendal Square for their breakfast buffet. A nice dinner at home I can envision. Breakfast is too easy to make for myself and if I'm going to have a big one I don't really want it as soon as I wake up but an hour or so later.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 24, 2007 1:13 PM

Even good breakfast is pretty easy and fun to make for myself on the weekend. So, I'd still rather have dinner taken care of. Whether it is a work day or not, I'm more likely to be drained at the end of the day than at the beginning.

Posted by: briwei at September 24, 2007 1:20 PM


Posted by: Chuck S. at September 24, 2007 1:38 PM

I think the concensus is in, and I agree. I'm not much of a morning person, so food luxuries are usually lost on me. However, to have my favorite dinner made for me is grand. I'm only hoping that the dinner fairies will be cleaning up afterwards. Then, my domestic culinary fantasy is all taken care of.

Posted by: Kitten Herder at September 24, 2007 2:22 PM

The people have spoken. Swing by Dunkin Donuts on the way to work, but have dinner ready when they get home.

KH: for the purposes of this exercise, yes, you can assume the fairies clean the kitchen. There's an interesting twist -- is it nicer to have the kitchen clean when you get home (because someone cleaned it after breakfast), or when you wake up in the morning (because someone cleaned up after dinner)?

Also: Based on the responses, I strongly recommend people invest in a slow cooker. It doesn't clean the kitchen for you, but it essentially cooks dinner for you while you are out. Quickly approaching is the season where a hot crock pot full of whatever will take the chill out of your bones as you walk in the door.

Posted by: James at September 24, 2007 3:03 PM

With a small slow cooker, you can also make oatmeal/grits/other favorite breakfast mush (with stewed fruit, or meat-cheese-whatever) overnight.

Even with the small cooker, it's way too much for one person, but if everyone in the household likes the same type and flavor of mush, it could be a hit.

Posted by: Julie at September 24, 2007 4:01 PM

Yeah, people have told me you can make Irish oatmeal in the slow cooker. But I'm not expecting to want to eat n quarts of oatmeal where n>.25.

Posted by: James at September 24, 2007 4:14 PM

Speaking of crock pots, my mother recently dug out hers (she has a smallish one and a largeish one).

Does anyone have a favorite crock pot cookbook? My boss and a co-worker both suggested Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens), ISBN 0696215462.

I'm looking for a collection of easy and tasty recipes that don't require a lot of prep, which seems counter-intuitive to using a crock pot.

What have you all had good luck using?

Posted by: Patti M. at September 25, 2007 8:29 AM

I thought MOST Crockpot recipes were easy, tasty, and don't require a lot of prep... but I admit I don't usually use a book. (I do have some books, but they're old, and they say things like "for extra zing, add 1/4 tsp. pepper sauce" or "a pinch of pepper to taste" or "wrap meat with strips of lard.")

For me, the easiest crockpot "recipe" goes something like this:

- Some kind of meat, browned or not browned as time permits
- A big sliced onion, raw or sauteed as time permits
- Some kind of fresh, canned, frozen, or dehydrated vegetables
- Maybe some small potatoes, cut in half if time permits
- A can or two of some type(s) of condensed cream-of-something (chicken, celery, asparagus, broccoli, potato, etc.) soup
- Some kind of seasoning, like a bay leaf, maybe, poultry seasoning, thyme, rosemary, etc.
- Water and/or wine and/or broth, doesn't have to be a lot, just enough so you can see it
- If you didn't add potatoes, you can throw in some pasta towards the end and when the pasta's done, so's the stew.

I know that's vague, but as long as you apply some judgment it'll come out okay. It's pretty forgiving and it's also exactly the same as how you would make a regular stew. The main difference is that you can get away with skipping some steps (of course it's still better if you brown the meat and onions first), and you don't have to keep an eye on it.

Otherwise, I just convert non-crockpot recipes according to the instructions in the crockpot manual.

Posted by: Julie at September 25, 2007 9:13 AM

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