menu: drinks with a side of dinner

bottle o' prosecco

two loaves sweet baguette

three asian pears

half pound hot coppa
thinly sliced

variety of cheese ends from local cheesemonger

cube of ski queen sweet cheese

end of the season shishito peppers
blistered with olive oil and salt

hot mustard and a bowl of olives
not pictured

bag o' walnuts

This was dinner two nights in a row last week. The first night was premeditated, the second was a result of having a late afternoon glass of bubbly before making dinner, and happily realizing I wouldn't have to cook if everyone was willing to eat the leftovers from the night before. I had Stella make cheese tags for all the little bits of cheese so we knew what we were eating. Those cheese ends are the way to go if you want to sample a bunch of amazing cheeses without paying a lot of money. Each of those pieces were less than two bucks. Good deal.

People around the globe eat these types of meals all the time, but it only occurs to me every now and again to just throw a whole lot of little things together on a platter and call it dinner.

I rarely ask outright questions here, although I always love to hear whatever people have to say about what I write, but I'm curious about this. Do you have an easy, throw together meal that requires little or no cooking? David and I both marvel at how hard it is to remember what I know how to cook, and I'm always panicking at dinnertime. I used to keep a binder full of go-to recipes, but I'm looking for new, super quick ideas. Got any?


  1. We do a dinner like this (cheeses, cured meats, raw fruit/veg) fairly often. Another go-to quickie we do is sliders on lettuce 'buns' and deviled eggs (with the eggs boiled and peeled in the afternoon). Quesadillas with leftover meat/veg and avocado slices. Sausages and stir-fried onions and peppers.
    A hunk of spiced meat thrown in the slow-cooker in the morning saves my ass at least once weekly.

    1. That all sounds awesome. I always think about how you and Patti have this housewifery thing down so well, so it figures you would have these great ideas! :)

      I wish you were still updating your blog, I cooked from it at least a few times and everything on there was delicious looking!

  2. Meals like this are my favorite! My husband and I do have a couple of go-tos for fairly quick meals that we don't have to think about. 1--is my version of ratatouille. I usually use a couple of summer squash, an onion, an eggplant, and maybe any other good roasting veggies that are in season.. slice them up, lay them out on a baking sheet, drizzle some olive oil salt and pepper and bake for 20-25 minutes. Usually we will serve this with a sweet potato (stuck in the oven as soon as we get home) and either fresh bread or brown rice cooked in our rice maker. 2--Omlettes. Anytime we have some extra cheese and produce in the fridge we will just throw together a couple of nice big omlettes for dinner. Serve with fruit/toast and I call it dinner :)

    Dianna @ Virginia is for Lovers

    1. Hi Dianna,

      Thank you for taking the time to write that all out! I think there are some awesome ideas there, especially since right now I have all of those types of veggies in the fridge in abundance from our veggie box and want to get to them before they start to go bad. I really appreciate your comment. And YES TO BREAKFAST FOR DINNER! Lately I'll throw a fried egg on top of anything and that's a good one, too! :)

  3. This is great! I do something similar and my kids call it variety plate. Love the idea of cheese ends! Also I always have frozen meatballs in the freezer to make subs or spaghetti. Hope you don't mind if I add my meatball GIVEAWAY link... http://www.doodlesandjots.com/2012/10/04/frozen-meatballs-save-the-day/

    Cheers to EZ family dinners!

    1. Variety plate! Love it! Thank you for posting the giveaway link, I'm coming over to try it right now!


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