I have a confession to make.
I really, really hate checking the mail. It's always 90% crap, 10% things I need to deal with.
Earlier this week, the mailman decided to slap me on the wrist, and left me a pink postcard telling me that my mail was at the post office, so I had to go there to claim it.
Nice. It'd only been a couple of days, I think. (I know, it's a mail-fraud-stealing danger, I know...I'll be good from here on out...)
But 'tis the season of the catalog, and it filled up fast.
My, my, what's this??
It's the Kraft Food and Family magazine. The holiday issue. "OVER 50 of our favorite Holiday recipes" the front cover exclaims. Oooh! Goody!!! (claps hands)
Have you ever seen the pictures in this thing?
It should come in a plain brown wrapper, this tasty bit of food porn.
Not that I'm one to necessarily buy a lot of prepackaged stuff, because I usually don't. I might cheat a bit, and use something as a side, but usually I use this book for inspiration. Quick weeknight ideas. Yummy "gotta take that dessert in to work" ideas. It's just a perk that if you need to rely on it, the Kraft products-you-need-to-use propaganda is spread throughout, so you don't have to think, just write it on your shopping list.
And it's so fantastic to look at. Nothing could ever be that perfect, could it?? I mean, once a child sticks his/her finger in the side of the cake, it's all over, isn't it?
I love Martha Stewart Living, and her FOOD cookbook that is the size of Reader's Digest but a much better read. But that stuff can sometimes get complicated; and we all know that Mr W isn't going to try anything entitled "Goat Cheese and Red Pepper Pasta," or anything containing the words "balsamic vinaigrette." Come to think of it, the kids would probably have issues with it, until they take the first experimental bite and proclaim "Mommy, you're the best cook. You should open a restaurant." (Yeah, right. Right after I open up this can of soup, and accept the Nobel Peace Prize. There's nothing like keeping all these kids happy to give one lessons in diplomacy, afterall.)
"Do you believe in holiday magic?" the front page asks.
I don't know. Let me take a look....
pg 22...(choc peppermint cake)...pg 41 (italian veggie bake)...pg 47 (chops-on-top pork & stuffing supper)....
Anyone got a cigarette?