Last night was our big company Christmas party. With the bad economy and all the shit going on this past year, with lay offs and our fucking CEO replaced with this new guy, I wasn’t sure how this party thing was going to play out.
Last year we had the party at the big Sheraton hotel downtown. We had the big ballroom and open bar and a live band. This year was nothing like it. Instead of at a hotel we had a big fancy dinner at an old restaurant downtown. They gave us our own private room at the restaurant and we all got to order whatever we wanted from the menu. So of course, most of the people ordered an expensive steak and some guys even ordered surf and turf. If we wanted a mixed drink we had to pay for it ourselves – that really sucked. But the tightwads did at least pay for a few bottles of wine that were on each table. So we had some spirits and people like me who love wine were able to drink plenty because some people don’t really like wine and they forfeited their shares.
There were not big speeches or anything, just everyone eating dinner and talking amongst ourselves. Dessert was pecan pie and coffee, and after that all the executives left and went home. But the rest of us who wanted to party longer went down to the basement nightclub and took over the joint. They had a pretty good DJ who was taking requests and the place had a couple of other small groups there for company parties like ours. We all just hit the dance floor and cut loose.
The guys in the sales department started throwing around their company credit cards and buying drinks for everyone, so some of them got really fucked up drunk and started doing stupid shit on the dance floor. Have you ever seen an old white man try to break dance? It was hilarious!
Turned out to be a crazy ass party once the ivory tower guys left us alone to our own devices. I have a hangover from hell because I drank so much wine, but it was a good time and I don’t give a fuck if anyone at the office is embarrassed on Monday. We saw some crazy shit – but that will give us all something to laugh about for a long time into the new year.
Recipes are not my thing – I guess you could say that I have a little trouble following instructions. But I am hungry and nothing sounds good, so I am going to find a recipe and try something new for dinner tonight.
My dinners are usually built around some kind of chicken or fish. I love chicken and eat chicken at least three times a week. I also love fish, especially salmon. I wish salmon was more affordable around here. I know it costs a lot because it is caught half the country away from here and has to be flown and trucked across half of America.
Sometimes I get a small salmon fillet from the seafood counter at Kroger, but most of the time that I shop for groceries it is so late at night the deli and seafood counters have packed up and shit down for the night before I get there.
I picked up a small tray of Tilapia fillets at the store, so I am looking for a recipe for the Tilapia. My cousin told me that she cooks it up by mixing equal parts of mayonnaise and Parmesean cheese, then spreading that mix over the Tilapia and baking it in the oven for 20 minutes. That sounds easy enough, right? That’s my dinner plans – I hope it turns out as good as it sounds.
The idea of one more burger for lunch is making me just sick. When did hamburgers become the only lunch choice for people who work 9 to 5? Doesn’t anybody go out to a full service restaurant and just order a real meal and enjoy a proper lunch any more?
When I was a kid, my dad used to invite the family out to lunch with him a couple of times every month. It was always exciting to get dressed up pretty and go to his office. We were paraded around the building and introduced to new employees and expected to exchange pleasantries with the employees we already knew.
Then we went to a nice restaurant for a proper meal. We were given menus and allowed to choose whatever we wanted to order. The only catch was that we were expected to eat the whole thing, and if we couldn’t finish the meal, it was put in a box and taken home and that was our next dinner. That would not have meant as much to any of us if all we did was drive through a fast food joint and get a hamburger.
How many ways can you list to make dinner using hamburger meat? I am stocked up on ground beef and need to find a few new ways to cook with it. I have obviously made hamburgers and cheeseburgers. I also have made spaghetti and meatloaf. Now I am stuck for new ideas.
I don’t buy Hamburger Helper because it has so much salt and other chemicals in it. Does anyone know how to make the different Hamburger Helper dishes from scratch with fresh ingredients? I would like to learn how to make stroganoff and a couple other meals that are some kind of sauce and pasta or rice.
Would appreciate any first hand recommendations about what to cook for dinner this week.
Most nights I eat dinner like a proper young woman. I have a table set with the proper silver ware, on a place mat, with a glass of water and condiments. If I am alone, I serve from the stove top. If I have company, I serve from the table. And if I have company, I use candles and dim the overhead light. Sometimes I turn on the stereo and play soft rock or smooth jazz to add to the mood.
But once in a while it is fun to mix it up. I like to eat on the couch in front of the TV. If I’m doing that, I fix a variety of finger foods in stead of a formal plating. The finger foods can be anything from steamed dumplings to hot wings. Tonight I’m thinking it will be a finger food night with a cold beer and a movie from Redbox.
What sounds good to you?