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What's for dinner Wednesday?

Posted December 10, 2014



Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?




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  • ascherer Dec 11, 2014

    JDouglas - We may need to continue this via email or phone. Faye is going to fuss at us if we keep bring blog members down with these conversation. I'm or 919-274-9833. I think we may have many discussions in the near future. Keep your chin up Sweet Lady.

  • jdouglas13 Dec 11, 2014

    Nakabi, you said nothing offensive at all. We've all come from different experiences and generations. I was born in the 1950's, and as Ascherer said, the evening meal was the special meal of the day when the whole family gathered around to eat it. Women didn't work outside the home as much then, and were often expected to have the evening hot meal on the table ready to go the minute the man walked into the house after work, and to have a smart little dress on as well as full makeup, jewelry, coiffed hair and high heels while she did so. The husband's slippers and a martini in hand when she opened the door for her husband when he arrived home was considered a nice touch too.

    I am so glad we have evolved since then!

    Ascherer, thanks for your reassuring words. I hear you about having the tissues ready for the odd moments. I've been calling them the sucker punch to the gut moments that you don't see coming, and they tend to happen over the otherwise most benign things.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 10, 2014

    nakabi - I agree with Ascherer. You didn't come across that way, but it is fascinating to look at it from a different perspective. Cold sandwiches just weren't really an option for you growing up so it makes sense that you would not be keen on them as an adult. And you weren't the only one who doesn't think sandwiches are dinner food, so please don't think I was responding to you directly in my earlier response. I am really enjoying everyone's views about the humble sandwich. :-)

  • ascherer Dec 10, 2014

    NAKABI - You didn't. One of the things I have learned from this blog is that we all have different eating habits and that is a natural thing. We are all from different backgrounds. The reason you don't think of sandwiches as dinner is because of the circumstances you were raised in. It is all good and we learn so much from each other that I don't think anyone would be offended by that.

  • nakabi Dec 10, 2014

    I didnt intend to make anyone feel that I think sandwiches are inferior by any means. I apologize if it came across that way!!:-)

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 10, 2014

    ascherer - thanks for the additional explanation, especially regarding the carb restrictions.

  • ascherer Dec 10, 2014

    Faye - to add to the sandwich discussion. In our house, sandwiches tend to be lunch foods and dinner is normally a hot meal (biggest meal of the day). If we have sandwiches for dinner, then they get toasted to become a hot meal. I think it really goes back to both of us being raised to have dinner around the table with the whole family. Thus that meal become the "more special" meal of the day.

    Plus, DH has Diabetes and I am trying to keep my weight under control. So we limit the amount of bread consumed on any given day. So bread/pasta/corn/high carb items are only available at one meal a day.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 10, 2014

    This has been such an interesting discussion on sandwiches for dinner. The thought never occurred to me that people will not eat them for dinner or that they were somehow not good enough for dinner. There are so many ways to dress up sandwiches and make them more than enough for a meal that I think the non-sandwich eaters are really missing out.

    Honestly, there are many nights when I do not want a hot meal, especially in the middle of the summer. A cold sandwich with lots of fresh veggies and a slice of Swiss or Provolone cheese hits the spot. Thanks for all the comments! It's so neat to see how my fellow smart shoppers live. :-)

  • ascherer Dec 10, 2014

    I still haven't figured out what to make for dinner but pineapple with the ham sounds good.

    JDouglas - And I'm sending extra hugs your way. Believe me when I say that with time the sharp edge of the pain will dull some. For a while, keep a hankie or Kleenex close by. You will need them at the oddest times.

  • nakabi Dec 10, 2014

    I'm the same way. Both Mr. Nichols and I dont eat sandwiches so we always have a hot meal. No cereal for us lol. Cold sandwiches? ?? Shudder! Probably for me its due to growing up with no electricity so that means no refrigeration which equates to cooking hot food for every meal. I guess we have spoiled our children in thay regard since they dont eat them either lol
    Tonight we have out annual widow and widower supper at church and we all bring a dish. The widows each bring an ornament that reminds them of their sweet spouse who is gone. They give us all younger couples a word of wwisdom for a healthy marriage; definitely my favourite part of the night.
    I'm taking stuffed mushrooms stuffed.with crabmeat, cheese, spinach, and stuffing.