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Guilt for Dinner 
Jun. 5, 2009 10:59 am 
Updated: Sep. 6, 2009 12:08 am
Have you ever ignored something in your fridge because A) you bought it without figuring out what to do with it, or B) you went on a diet immediately after buying it? That's what happened to some new red potatoes that I saw in all their cuteness at the market and bought on a whim. I figured inspiration would hit when I got home.

What hit me instead was shock when I casually stepped onto the bathroom scales. Scratch potatoes off my menu.

So there they sat like those baby bunnies people buy for Easter then don't know how to care for. (But they don't eat them, do they? Don't tell me if they do. I'm not willing to give up some illusions.)

But the guilt of wasting food finally got to me. I mean, just because I need to live a starch-free life for a while doesn't mean my rail-thin husband and son have to suffer. So I made a main dish salad of rosemary chicken kabobs, grilled asparagus, greens from my garden, and some tomatoes. The potatoes got cut up, tossed with curry, cumin, salt, pepper, and olive oil, then went for a hot ride in a wok until they were tender. Easy.

The boys got the potatoes and I scratched guilt off my menu.

Come on now, let's hear your stories of guilt and redemption. I know you've been there.

Thanks for the visit, and happy guilt-free cooking!
Main dish salad with grilled rosemary chicken, asparagus, tomatoes, apples, and curried potatoes.
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Jun. 5, 2009 6:12 pm
I had some heavy whipping cream that wasn't getting used up ( my scale is not nice either) & there were some potatoes-great buy-couldn't pass them up. So enter a neat recipe for Scalloped Potatoes-made them for tonight's dinner & they were great. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to work those "extra" calories off my body!
Jun. 6, 2009 4:40 am
Your dish came out so pretty! I have some buttermilk that I let go bad. I wanted to make more cornbread, but my guilt won and my wallet suffered...and I hate wasting food!
Jun. 8, 2009 8:16 am
Hi goodeats. You know that old saying, "A moment on the lips; forever on your hips." It's so true and so unfair! If only I craved celery as much as I crave chocolate. *sigh*
Jun. 8, 2009 8:28 am
Hi Booschmoo. Yeah, I hate wasting food, too. Good thing I live with two people who seem to effortlessly burn through calories. "Here, finish up this ice cream so I don't have to look at it every time I open the freezer!"
Jun. 8, 2009 9:52 am
I have bread dumplings in the freezer and a can of gravy in the cabinet that I have been meaning to use with a pork tenderloin for almost a year now. One day I'll remember to buy that meat...
Jun. 8, 2009 11:20 am
Hi alyssa! Once in a great while my husband, who normally does not cook, will make a batch of his uncle’s bread dumplings ( and then I have to make a pork roast to go with them. Well, eating those dumplings with rich pork gravy is like pasting bread dough directly onto your butt, so I usually put off making the roast until he forgets he made the dumplings, or at least stops talking about them. And there they sit in the freezer, silently accusing me of ignoring his family's heirloom recipes. Wicked, wicked me.
Jun. 8, 2009 12:27 pm
Its actually a common misconception that butter milk in unhealthy. Butter milk is simply the liquid that is left after making butter. 99% of the fat goes into the butter so its really not as bad as the name would imply.
Jun. 8, 2009 4:57 pm
Hi Rocks. Great there a story to go with it? I usually make my own buttermilk when a recipe calls for it (the old milk and vinegar formula) but one time I had access to real buttermilk for a coffee cake I was making. It was so rich and creamy, I swear my cake came out that much better for it. Could have just been my imagination, though. Thanks for the visit!
Jun. 9, 2009 4:52 pm
My last red potatoes got combined with bacon, gorgonzola, and a vinaigrette as a salad. Not exactly good for the bathroom scale, but where there's bacon and blue cheese, you'll typically find me...
Jun. 9, 2009 10:50 pm
i've developed a fondness for funky dessert items. and that's guilt. major guilt. so i made my husband a chocolate mint cake (from the hershey's website) and i can't even bring myself to hack off a chunk of it, instead going at it in bits and pieces. result? fruit and yogurt for my dinner break at work and cucumbers and hummus when i get home.
Jun. 10, 2009 8:40 am
I bought some cheese that was really, really, really on sale a couple of days ago, forgetting the reason it was on sale is because the expiration date is soon approaching! My solution is to make lasagna tonight with all the cheese and invite over some of my husband's friends with healthy appetites to help me finish it off. That way, the cheese gets used AND his friends will love me! I'm just like you - I HATE to waste food. Thanks for the blog :)
Jun. 10, 2009 8:51 am
Hey Noel - Thanks for making me drool all over myself. Bacon! Gorgonzola! Potatoes! What is not to love? I just gained 5 pounds reading your post.
Jun. 10, 2009 8:53 am
Hi Squeakycat - I follow the philosophy that rich desserts taken a crumb at a time don't count as calorie intake. Now if only I could get the scale to fall in line with my deeply held beliefs. *sigh*
Jun. 10, 2009 9:18 am
Hi Nashville Nosher - Nice hat! You've got the right approach with that lasagna. Make it and get rid of it quickly! Now that I'm really trying to reform my eating habits (yeah, how's that going?) my husband and son are reaping the benefits as I keep saying, "Please eat the rest of this before I do!" Of course, once they finish off what's left of the chips and cookies, they're on their own because I'm not buying anymore. (She says.)
Sep. 6, 2009 12:08 am
This typifies many of my purchases esp at farmers' markets. Unfortunately some of them were a bit lofty: those 5# of multi-colored fingerling potatoees. What was I thinking, lol?
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