22 November 2006

frozen dinner.

Originally uploaded by deepfry.
as my regular readers (i.e. my mother) know, sometimes my cooking activities lean towards the lesser end of the culinary spectrum. last night i did some preliminary thanksgiving shopping at Trader Joe's and Albertson's. This year is my first thanksgiving away from the family. Luckily, i've been invited to what will be a fabulous dinner with good friends and a. is coming into town, which makes any weekend more fun. since we're doing a non-traditional dinner tomorrow (duck, scallops, no turkey, no pumpkin pie, etc.), a. and i are making a more traditional dinner on friday. and what says tradition more than jello? nothing that i can think of. jello mold So i went to Albertson's to get four boxes of jello (lime, orange, lemon and strawberry) and four containers of cool whip.

i was planning to drop my groceries at home and go to Provisions to try their pizza. but then, wandering down an aisle in albertson's, i spotted a DiGiorno's garlic bread pizza (new!) sticking out of someone's shopping cart. i feel strongly that a single person living alone should do his/her best to avoid frozen pizzas at all costs. it's a gateway quick dinner. too much frozen pizza and next thing you know, you're eating Hungry Man t.v. dinners, then soup out of a can and eventually your dinner is nothing but a bag of doritos and a 2-liter of coke. i'm also incapable of eating a reasonable amount of frozen pizza...it's just slightly too processed to taste like real food so it doesn't actually feel like i'm eating a dinner. but i caved. that pizza looked too good to pass up. i will say, in my defense, that i spruced it up a bit with some fresh red and yellow peppers, red onion, basil, oregano and parmesan cheese. but mostly i enjoyed it in all its scary processed glory.


Anonymous Ryan Dawe-Stotz said...

I will confess to not only eating soup out of a can, and to not only heating up said can of soup by placing the can directly on a gas burner, and to not only doing all this while employed as the manager of a very high-end restaurant in New Orleans where good quick food is abundant, but to doing so while in a healthy and committed (if collosally bizarre) relationship.

Oh, we also drank some Johnny Drum 15 year old on Sunday. Now that there is some good hillbilly heroin.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous r! said...

I too am guitly of heating cans of soup directly on the burner... The trick is to remove the label first. This is very important.

erm... It seemed like a good idea at the time.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Ryan Dawe-Stotz said...

In the right soup, leaving on the label can impart a delicate smoky note to the finished product.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Frozen reduced-calorie dinners for lunch means I don't end up at the Jack in the Box. I consider that to be a good thing.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous maida said...

it's so sweet

10:02 AM  

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