I Love This Husband & Wife Stuff


#340: My husband thinks Indian food tastes better when he’s not there May 5, 2012

I love Indian food.  It’s probably my favorite cuisine.  Next would be Ethiopian and Italian.  Then everything else.  There are not many foods I don’t like.  My husband will eat Indian food but he doesn’t love it.  We’ve been many times but I am realizing  that it’s best not to ask him to go with me.  I have plenty of opportunities to eat Indian with friends or by myself.  The other day I had lunch at an Indian place in Bethesda.  I really enjoyed it.  I thought how lucky

Indian food set

Indian food set (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

my husband was that he didn’t have to go.

Marriage doesn’t mean that you have to do EVERYTHING together.  We may be two souls that meet as one but we are also individual people and Indian food does not have to be part of our marriage.


#297: My Husband’s Fried Fish March 23, 2012

The other afternoon my husband called me at work and said, “How do you want me to cook the fish.”  We had thawed some fish. Of course, what I should have answered was “Bake it.”  Instead, I said, “You can fry it.”  And he did.  My husband makes the most awesome fried fish (and fried chicken and fried pork chops). You get the idea.  Anyway, the fish looked lovely frying in the pan in all that magnificent grease!  I just had to take a picture but I don’t think I did it justice.

I know, frying is not good.  But every once in a while…  🙂


#288: Blackberry Smoothie March 14, 2012

I am a smoothie lover.  I like all kinds: banana, spinach & fruit, peanut butter chocolate, pumpkin,  You name it – the skies the limit.  My husband is a bit more selective.  His favorite is the classic Banana-Strawberry.

One day I made a banana-blackberry smoothie.  I loved the texture of the seeds.  I handed a glass to my husband.  He probably asked what kind is it as he suspiciously looked at the color.  I probably said “Just try it,” wanting him to get his anti-oxidants.

He took a sip and said, ” You put little rocks in here.”

Smoothie og kaffe

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#270: Kitchen Table February 23, 2012

If the kitchen is the heart of a house, the kitchen table is the heartbeat.  

I love a kitchen table.  When we first moved into our house, we didn’t think we had room for a kitchen table.  We don’t have much cabinet space so we opted for an open shelved pantry instead.  After being here almost a year, I just couldn’t take it any more.  I longed for a kitchen table.

One day I came home from work and my husband had set one up.  It made me so happy!  It’s tiny and cozy and oh so sweet.  We all love it.  Even the cats!  🙂


#237: My husband’s famous cornbread dressing January 3, 2012

A stuffed turkey

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White bread, made and photographed by ElinorD
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I wasn’t feeling very well on Christmas Day.  I caught my husband’s cold.  I still wanted to cook dinner but I ended up making one less side dish.  I had wanted to try a friend’s asparagus casserole dish but just wasn’t up to it.  I had also planned to make cornbread stuffing – the one my husband usually makes – but wasn’t up to that either.   I took him up on his offer to make it.  It is nice to have a husband that knows how to cook. 

We have a stuffing conflict in the house.  It’s a bit of a northern-southern rivalry.  Northerners like stuffing made with white bread.  We call it regular stuffing.  Southerners like corn bread stuffing, which they call dressing.  In fact, they all it regular dressing.  Me, liking all foods, like both.  But I am a rare bird.

Anyway, my husband made his famous cornbread dressing and it was yummy, even though I didn’t have all the ingredients he wanted.  I had one less thing to make and was able to retire to the couch more quickly for vapid staring into the television set.  Oh, the holidays.  🙂   

He doesn’t use a recipe but here’s what’s in it:


chicken broth



boiled chicken thighs, chopped

salt and pepper


#201: Dancing to Al Green in the Kitchen November 14, 2011

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Red Velvet Cake Cooling in Pan

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The words of Al Green‘s Let’s Stay Together come to mind. 

I’m so in love with you

whatever you want to do

is alright with me

You make me feel so brand new

I want to spend my life with you

Let’s stay together
Loving you whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad

It’s Saturday morning.  Chili is cooking in the crockpot.  A cake is cooling on the server in the dining room.  The sun is pouring into the kitchen and I’m dancing with my husband.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.


#187: Making meatloaf for my guys October 25, 2011

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A meatloaf with a tomato sauce topping.

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Why do men love meat?  It follows that men also seem to love meatloaf.  I like meatloaf for two reasons: 1) it is comfort food and 2) making meatloaf is like baking a cake – a big old meat cake!

In all my talking about Alton Brown, his faith, and his biscuits, I stumbled upon his recipe for meatloaf.  People raved about it.  He has a nice recipe so I decided to make it for my husband and son over the weekend.  I have another go-to meatloaf recipe that I like and have made a few times.  It’s a french meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs in the center and an orange marmalade glaze.  It’s pretty yummy.  The Alton Brown recipe has spices like cumin,  chili powder, cayenne and thyme.  It’s also good.  What I liked about it:

  1. it’s got onion, carrot, red bell pepper, and garlic
  2. you form the loaf in a loaf pan but then turn it out on a cookie sheet before baking – this allows the fat to run off it instead of your loaf baking in the grease; it also allows you to put glaze not just on the top but the sides as well
  3. the  flavors combined well
  4. we are eating leftovers tonight!

There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about it.  My husband couldn’t say which recipe he liked more so now I’ve got two great recipes for meatloaf.  Two is definitely better than one.  Variety is the spice of life.  And as Alton Brown says hunger is the best sauce!


#185: Wake up – the biscuits are ready! October 21, 2011

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I tend to be a pushy broad at times.  I’m also a bit impatient.  So about a year ago when I first baked Alton Brown’s Southern Biscuits, I was in a bit of an urgent tizzy to serve them to my husband.  Fortunately for him, he likes biscuits.  Unfortunately for him, it was 8 a.m. and he was sound asleep.  I like getting up early and there’s nothing better than baking early in the morning when I am fresh and full of energy. 

I’ve had a sad history with biscuit baking.  The first biscuits I made for my husband were heavy, flat rocks.  Skipping stones anyone?  He had even walked up to the grocery store to get me buttermilk for the recipe.  I think I mixed them too much.  Heavy-handedness is clearly not a plus with biscuits.  Whatever the reason, they were barely edible.  My next batch of biscuits were better, but still not great.  I had seen Alton Brown’s recipe in Southern Living magazine and online and was dying to try it.  My first clue that these were going to work was that they rose so tall.  I tried one and was delighted!  I had successfully baked a decent biscuit!  Thank you Alton Brown! 

Next up, my husband needed to try them.  I couldn’t possibly wait until he woke up.  They would be cold.  Maybe they would even fall or shrink.  Psycho chick that I am, I decided that I was going to have to wake him up.  So like Little Red Riding Hood (a 6 foot tall Little Red Riding Hood, let’s call her Big Red), I filled up a basket with a cloth napkin, three biscuits, some butter and jam, and hopped up the stairs to the bedroom.

Poor husband was there sleeping, so calm and so peaceful.  In a sweet, sing-song voice I whispered “Walter, wake up!  I made you biscuits!”  He looked up at me like I was absolutely crazy and said “I know you didn’t just wake me up to try your biscuits.”  I said, “Yes, I did.”  What can I say? I am sort of crazy.  I’m sure June Cleaver with her ironed apron and pearls would never have done this. 

Needless to say, he liked the biscuits.  All’s well that ends well.  🙂


#142: He cooks too! August 19, 2011

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My husband knows how to cook.  And he’s a pretty good one.  He makes awesome fried pork chops and fried chicken and can bake a mean German Chocolate Cake!  He knows his way around the kitchen.  I enjoy cooking but it’s nice that he cooks often and takes some of the burden off me.  Sharing the everyday household tasks is what marriage is all about.  The more each of us can do, the better!