What’s for Dinner?

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If there is one question I dread more than any other it would have to be, “What’s for dinner?” As soon as those words are spoken, my entire mood changes and I think, “Ugh. Here we go again.”

I usually hear this when Hubby is on days off, as our daughter isn’t hard to please and our two-month old son is happy with his formula. Our conversation usually goes like this:

Hubby: “What’s for dinner?”
Me: “I don’t know. What do you want?”
Hubby: “I don’t care.”
Me: “I don’t either. Ashley, what do you want for dinner?”
Ashley: “CHICKEN NUGGETS!” (This is also her response to “What do you want for breakfast?” and “What do you want for lunch?”)

This conversation is usually followed by twenty minutes of walking around the kitchen, looking in the refrigerator, deep freezer, and pantry about a dozen times. I’m not sure why I look so many times. It isn’t like new ingredients are going to magically appear. (I wish!)

One of the only good things about Hubby’s time at work is that I don’t have to hear that question. I usually just make something small, and Ashley probably eats more chicken nuggets than she should. (I’m sure some of you out there can relate!)

I have never been big on cooking. I didn’t bother to learn from my mom and I ate a lot of take-out when I was in college. While I have come a long way from when we first got married (think Hamburger Helper or spaghetti every night), I still haven’t moved much past stuff loaded with cream-of-whatever soup or canned vegetables. I have read cookbook after cookbook, I have watched hours of cooking shows (LOVE The Pioneer Woman!), and I’ve even tried to just be inventive in the kitchen. (Ask me about the hash brown casserole debacle. End of being inventive.) Nothing seems to really work and we end up eating the same things over and over again.

One of my main obstacles is that my husband and I have differing tastes. Hubby is from Louisiana and grew up on the spicy Cajun food that was made by the women in his family. My mother-in-law makes some of the best gumbo, and Hubby absolutely loves his Nana’s tamales. I am from North Carolina and had never even tasted crawfish until after we were married. I’m used to my Momma’s chicken and rice or fried pork chops, none of which was spicy (Or “spikey”, as Ashley says).

I have tried to make the foods Hubby loves, but the only recipe I have been able to duplicate is his Nana’s pistolettes (meat, cheese, and broccoli stuffed inside fried bread rolls). Everything else has been a disaster, but I hope that I will get better with practice. While I will never be able to make Nana’s tamales, I have high hopes of at least coming close with my mother-in-law’s gumbo.

Great, now I’m starving and, you guessed it, I have no idea what I’m going to cook. I am determined to break out of this rut and change things up. (A girl can only eat so much baked chicken.) What are some of your family’s favorite meals? Where do you find inspiration when your family has different tastes? Share in the comments section or send me a tweet @Ofwjaimie!

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jaimieJaimie is 25 years old, wife of almost five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 3 and Justin, 1 month. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter!

About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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