The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

October 15, 2008

A Leafy Green Dilemma

Filed under: Food — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 9:11 pm

One of the trickier parts of being a bachelor (whether I like it or not) is keeping up with food supplies.  Even though I have been living on my own for a number of years now, for some reason I haven’t quite been able to shake the mentality of cooking for a small army that seems to come from growing up in a family of seven.  This means when I get around to doing actual cooking, most of the time this results in enough leftovers to cover several additional meals.  This is great if I make something that turns out good, but when I start meddling with things that I cannot comprehend in the kitchen as I tend to do on occasion, it usually means that I find myself eating my mistakes for the better part of a week, assuming that I don’t just conveniently forget they exist until they get tossed out a few weeks later.  Either way, the problem far more often tends to be too much food rather than not enough.

As I mentioned in the post below, on Sunday our family had a get-together to celebrate the blessing of Jeff and Valerie’s new son Zachary.  As is usually the case, this occasion warranted a significant quantity of food, and the theme for this particular gathering was some sort of bizarre reenactment of Olive Garden’s vaguely famous never-ending pasta bowl special.  This meant that people brought in a number of pastas and salads to the party.  Since the whole thing required driving 40 miles down to Federal Way for a 9AM meeting  (something that I am definitely not used to after years of having church at 1PM,) I decided that salad was the way to go, and prepared a rather large quantity of it the evening before.   That would have worked out just fine, except for the fact that the salads were already pretty well covered by the time I got there, and mine never even made it out of the fridge down there.  As a result, this is what my fridge looks like right now:

What the heck am I supposed to do with all this salad?  At this rate, unless my kitchen gets raided by a horde of ravenous bunnies when I’m not looking  I’ll be eating this stuff for at least a week.  So far, my (admittedly halfhearted) efforts at consuming some of the stuff have barely put a dent in the pile.  I guess I should look on the bright side though.  If I manage to get through all this, maybe I can average it out and claim that I’ve got my five daily servings of veggies covered for the next month or so.  In the meantime, anyone got a favorite brand of croutons to recommend?



  1. Darn Brian – I bought 2 extra bottles of Olive Garden salad dressing – you chould have taken one. That would make me eat more salad…..which probably isn’t the point in eating salad.

    Comment by Aunt Valerie — October 16, 2008 @ 7:51 am

  2. Homemade croutons are the best! I don’t cook hardly ever, mind you. Just take french bread, slice it up, coat with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese, and pop in the oven. 350, if I remember right. Very worth it. =)

    Comment by Amy — October 16, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

  3. The caesar croutons (Kroger brand) from Fred Meyer are pretty good…

    Comment by Stephanie — October 21, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

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