Last week I related to you excerpts from the food diary that I faithfully kept for the entire year.
Before I continue though, I’d like to explain what a true Christmas miracle these columns are.
I’ve always loved to write, and the number one piece of advice to young writers is to keep a journal.
I’ve owned more diaries than I can count. No dice. Not one of them had more than ten or fifteen entries before it was set aside and forgotten.
Each new, pristine book was begun with the best of intentions. I would be faithful and prolific. This would be the one which would take.
But sadly, no. The entries would be forced, stilted, and honestly; dull.
Until this year. I decided to keep a culinary log with an eye to doing a column at the end of the year. Maybe this is what kept me honest, and kept me coming back with new entries.
Whatever the reason, it worked:
July 2nd– It seems like every supermarket has all the fixings for a cook-out on sale. Meat, condiments, chips, buns, and sodas are all reduced. I am definitely stocking up the freezer. It might be October before I have to buy hamburger or Kaiser rolls.
July 11th– Petey, The Kid and I went over to Crabtree Valley Mall for lunch after a morning at the flea market. We ate at Kabobi, in the food court. When I haven’t visited for a while I tend to forget just how good their food is. Lemon chicken, lentils and rice, grape leaves; it’s a Mediterranean wonderland.
July 23rd– Major bummer! My favorite guilty pleasure while shopping at Brier Creek is to get a salted caramel milk chocolate candy at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company. Stopped by today and was terribly disappointed to find they had changed the recipe. The caramel is stiffer and much larger, which since each piece is sold by weight makes it about twice the price.
August 8th– Dined at Golden Corral. They now have breakfast on the buffet all day. And…they have cotton candy on the dessert bar. Woo Hoo!
September 7th– Had a sample of Panera’s new green passion power smoothie. Even though I think mango tastes like baby food, I really liked it. And at only 200 calories, it’s an awesome lunch on the go.
September 28th– Lowes had a new brand (Promised Land) chocolate milk on sale. I picked up the 2%. It’s rich, yummy, and less than 150 calories per serving.
October 17th– Went to the wedding of one of my oldest, closest friends. The reception was held upstairs at The Pit, in Durham (321 Geer St). There was a gorgeous view of downtown, and the finger food served was delicious.
Later on the 17th– Swung be Mickey D’s on the way home. The order was wrong and the fries were left out. Joe Pesci was right in Lethal Weapon. They will make you most displeased at the drive-thru.
November 3rd– Halloween candy is 75% off and Boo Berry cereal is half price. I knew I loved the fall.
December 16th– Made Salisbury steak from scratch. It was really easy, and very tasty. Serve it in a divided aluminum tray in front of the TV and you’re six years old all over again. All you need is footy pajamas.
December 23rd– I hope all the readers of the Henderson Daily Dispatch have the very happiest of holidays.
Thanks for your time.