Lebanon Reporter

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March 30, 2010

What’s for dinner might surprise you

Last week I was meandering through the grocery store, mentally scrolling through my recipe box trying to decide that evening’s menu. This is not the most stress free or economical way to shop, but it does occasionally produce a surprisingly delicious meal.

Over the years, hubby has become somewhat, um, well, he says “discerning,” but I call it plain ol’ picky. Due to his “discerning” taste, I have had to mark a few old standbys from the dinner idea list. For example, I used to make a delightful baked Spam. I learned from my grandmother how to slice the Spam partially so that the loaf fanned out. Then you tuck a little onion right between each slice and top it with a brown sugar and ketchup mixture. The first time I brought this dish to the table, the visual appeal left hubby speechless.

We also used to eat a lot of beanie-weenies, but he has succinctly forbidden me to serve them again. Determined to still use hot dogs as an entrée, I fell back on the old Spam recipe and came up with something new. I made several slices in the bottom two-thirds of each hot dog and then boiled them until the edges curled. The result was a hot dog that strongly resembled an octopus. I served them with a secret dipping sauce made of, what else? Ketchup and brown sugar — ta-da!

I’m no longer allowed to serve Octodogs.

There was a time when I could whip up some tuna patties, mac ‘n’ cheese, and a pot of baked beans for a speedy and delicious supper. Unfortunately, hubby has also marked tuna off the list.

I still buy Hamburger Helper, but I keep it on the back shelf of the pantry until hubby is away on a business trip. This is also when I prepare things like corn dog casserole, breakfast foods for dinner and fried bologna sandwiches.

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