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In Europe they eat salad last

Posted by laurie on July 10, 2013


I remember when I was little my mother would say “What am I going to make tomorrow?” as soon as the dishes were done. She didn’t like to cook, and it showed.


How many dinners do you serve at least once a week?

20 Responses to “In Europe they eat salad last”

  1. Marci said

    We’re on a two week rotation at our house. And Brad will cook several times in that rotation, which helps. And Luckly ALWAYS helps with the dishes. Sometimes if we have missed a spot or two she’ll climb up in the dishwasher door to make sure it’s clean.

  2. Patr said

    Growing up the menu was:
    Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green peas
    Fried Pork Chops, mashed potatoes, gravy, green pea salad
    Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn
    Meatloaf, green beans, fried potatoes cakes (from left over mashed potatoes)
    Ham, mac-n-cheese, potato salad (again, left over mashed potatoes)

    We really don’t cook at our house very often – but each week we usually grill small steaks and have some kind of vegetable and then some kind of chicken dish. We eat out too often.

  3. Susan in DE said

    I’m very lucky, Rob enjoys cooking and he’s good at it! I cook at least once a week, and the menu is pretty varied. But since he got the electric smoker last year (with interior light and remote control! A true “guy toy”!), there’s always some kind of smoked meat on the menu during the week. Oh, and smoked cauliflower is very good, too! Of course, the hounds think the smoker is wonderful. When Rob brings the tasty hunks into the kitchen to be cut up and put into containers, there is much rejoicing. Honestly, Josie gets three inches taller and ten years younger during that ritual!

  4. Cody and Henry's Aunt said

    Exactly zero. Luana and I “scrounge.” I try to scrounge for fairly healthy stuff.

  5. Rebecca said

    My mom and grandmother LOVED to cook, and they passed it down. Its a good thing, because my youngest child as a slew of allergies and I have to cook EVERYTHING from scratch. We eat some sort of sandwich every day. I used to try to make a more square meal for lunch as well as supper, eons ago, as my husband works at night and we are homeschoolers as well. So everyone is home. I got tired of making 14 entree/side meals a week and we decided if school kids used to eat sandwiches every day for lunch, so could we. For suppers we have a huge variety of food, but the meal that happens MOST often is pizza. Of course, as mentioned above, this pizza is made from scratch, down to the pizza crust!

  6. Gypsy & Trents dad said

    Sadly for the Beagles, we only cook dinner once a week, usually grilled something or other. We both eat late lunches…
    My mother used to say the same thing! Must have been a generational thing..

  7. Jackson Pack - Abilene Texas said

    Cooking?…hmmm…so that is what the big white thing in the kitchen is for!

  8. Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

    We cook 6 out of 7 nights. In the summer it usually consists of something on the grill. Traditionally, Charlie does the grilling while I do the stove/oven cooking. We (Charlie mostly ,take a packed lunch) Of course the Beags love to do the dishes no matter what we are eating :). Charlie got an electric smoker from Santa a couple of years ago, yes our pups love it too.

  9. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

    We have a cooked meal seven days a week, always at home so we can share with the beags!!! My mum and mother in law always cooked every day, so I guess I’ve just carried on the tradition. Over here in the UK ‘ready meals’ are quite expensive compared to fresh food and not nearly so nice, so I don’t mind making a bit of effort. If I lived in the US though, having sampled restaurants like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Sizzler, Dennys etc I’m sure we’d eat out more, because they offer such good value for money.

  10. C Siding aka Generator-man said

    the second picture is calendar worthy

  11. Joan said

    My husband and I do every other night. Love not having to cook every night. I enjoy it but there are days…

  12. Baci's mom said

    I live alone now, and I still cook most nights. Or put leftovers together or make something out of the fridge. I’m learning to discipline myself as to quantities. It may be cheaper and more efficient to cook in bulk, but you very quickly have a stockpile of the same couple of meals coming out your ears. I just like to know what’s in my food.

  13. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    I cook most nights, that includes a leftover fiesta every week. I love to cut recipes out of newspapers and magazines to try. Some are better than others….last night the food never made it to the table. My husband had to stop and pick up some fried chicken while I dumped the “new recipe food” down the garbage disposal. Of course, Eddy loves everything I make 🙂

  14. harperlea said

    We cook dinner mostly every night. Rick does 99% of the cooking, though I love to cook. I love to BBQ too, but since getting together with Rick, I don’t get to often.
    We do occasionally get pizza or pick up sushi to go and sometimes I can convince him to eat out 🙂
    I typically take leftovers for lunch and cook enough fritattas on Sunday eves for breakfast M-F

  15. JC said

    I make something called “yuppie mac and cheese” – basically just pasta, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and some salt and Italian spices. And salads. And grilled cheese. I know how to make better food, but I work a LOT of hours… 😦

  16. Linda UK said

    We do indeed eat salad last in Europe, but in the UK it’s more commonly with a meal. In fact a salad is often the meal in itself!
    Dylan only likes lettuce if it has dressing on, otherwise he likes all salad items (surprise, surprise) No problem with beagles having the same meal every night…..
    Our evening meals don’t follow much of a pattern, just based around whatever is in the fridge at the time. We’re veggie, so no meat involved 🙂

  17. Karen S. said

    Where did you get your love of cooking?

  18. Sue K said

    Each Saturday I make up a meal plan for seven days. I don’t go into too much detail, just the main item. Then I do my grocery shopping around that menu. That doesn’t mean that we eat everything on that menu. Usually one night a week, we order out or go out to eat. On the weekends the meals are more time consuming to make and the weekdays is usually something that can be cooked quickly or done in my convection oven which also has a slow cooker feature. I grew up with a mother who loved to cook and I guess I inherited it from her. It makes my life easier because I don’t have to figure out what to prepare for dinner – I just look at the list and figure it what I feel like cooking.

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