Thank you all who responded by comments or email about choices for eating out. I do feel better knowing I’m not the only one who struggles with this. In Vince’s defense, he never squawks about anything I cook. Well, every now and then he doesn’t like something. I can probably count on one hand the number of times I’ve fixed something he doesn’t like and every time, it probably involved cilantro. I can’t imagine being the non-cooking spouse and sitting down to a meal, not even knowing what’s about to be served. Except for spaghetti on Sundays, I pretty much only cook what I like or what sounds good to me.
I think, for us, eating at home and not going out would be the best solution but I’m never going to fry chicken and I’m never going to fry fish and I know Vince loves those things. I do think he’ll be a little more considerate of my likes and dislikes as far as restaurants go.
Yesterday I smoked a chicken. I have been wanting rotisserie chicken so I seasoned up a chicken on Thursday evening, then realized it was way too big for my rotisserie so I was going to roast it yesterday but then I decided to smoke it so I can boil the bones and carcass for smokey broth to mix with the regular broth I have waiting to be canned. I can then use that to cook beans this winter.
We had 3 Bean Salad (out of a can from Aldi), corn from the neighbor’s garden and potatoes from my garden.
I think I may freeze the leftover smoked chicken and use it in a gumbo once it gets cooler. It is going to get cooler some day, right? 🙂