Tonight was another scramble to find something that might possibly pass as dinner at five to six. There were some garlicky bison smokies in the fridge from Valta, and an aluminum take-out container I had forgotten about that contained half a slice of PB & banana French toast and the mountain of hash browns we got at Palomino on the weekend. A little disgusting, yes, but I felt this sudden rush of guilt that I had a) asked the waitress to package the leftovers, and b) we had used up a perfectly good take-out container. So when the smokies were getting crispy (they are very lean, so I skimmed the surface of my cast iron skillet with a bit of canola oil) I pushed them aside and rejuvenated the hash browns. It was done in under 10 minutes, all while talking on the phone (probably not as stealthily as I thought I was being at the time – sorry Sue). For colour, we ate theContinue reading

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Because: a) it’s far too hot to cook b) I just didn’t want to 3) I have 2 articles to finish tonight, plus a blog post d) we’ve had a $25 Swiss Chalet gift card since Christmas, and I was determined not to let it expire 5) SC is one of the few places I don’t feel sheepish walking into with a 2 year old 6) they have the best fries in the world, especially if you ditch the Chalet sauce (I never understood the appeal) and ask for gravy and sour cream instead to make this delicious but slightly grotesque Swiss Chalet poutine (with sour cream instead of curds – hey, it works on a baked potato) But half a dinnerplateful is too many, so I got a spinach salad and we shared Mike’s. We used to go to Swiss Chalet when I was a kid, and were allowed to order a dessert that was under a dollar. A decade or so later itContinue reading

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