An Every Night Meal

Matt and I took a cruise for our honeymoon. At our dinner table, we sat with four other couples that were married two days prior as well. It was kind of fun to meet other newlyweds. One of the couple said something that really struck me. She loved to cook, but her husband wasn’t always a fan of what she made. They had a catch phrase, “it’s not an every night meal” to make it sting a little less when the dinner just didn’t turn out well.

Matt and I have adopted this and we use it often. Not as often lately, because after four years of living together and into our first year of marriage, I’ve finally started to learn what he does and doesn’t like. Mushrooms? No way Jose. Spicy food? Have to add the spice after I dish out his food. He’d rather eat sandwiches for every meal, and I’d probably cry if I had to eat sandwiches at every meal. So, we’re adapting and trying out new things. He’s even in the kitchen helping me cook more often.

This week, I gave Matt a copy of Breakfast for Dinner for Valentine’s Day. It was a double win. He loves breakfast anytime, and I really wanted this cookbook. Last night, after a little bit of prodding, he chose Bacon Fried Rice for today’s lunch.

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It’s an every day meal. It’s definitely the best fried rice I’ve ever had. My favorite part of any cookbook is learning a new recipe and being able to adapt and change the recipe making it my own. With this recipe I can change the protein and adapt it to the veggies I have on hand, but right now I think we’ll be making this bacon version for quite awhile. Maybe I can even teach it to Matt to have a night off.

I can’t wait to try out more of the recipes in the book. Matt has his eye on the mint chocolate pancakes. I can’t wait to try the shrimp and grits. I’ve never tried a Love & Olive Oil recipe that wasn’t fabulous, so it’s no surprise this cookbook is filled with amazing recipes and photos to match.

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