Meals from the Month of May

by Maggie Griffin


One of B and I's favorite things to do together is cook! He is unbelievably helpful in the kitchen, willing to try whatever I decide to make, and he cleans his plate. He is, however, a child at the grocery store.  

In May, we were gone quite a bit, but we did have two full weeks at home to figure out how dinner time would go for the Griffins. I had the sincerest of desires to meal plan and pick out every recipe for the week; but sometimes, the stomach wants what the stomach wants; and sometimes, you just don't want to put that much effort into food. 

I work from home most days, and Byron has yet to start summer school, so we have been home with each other for almost every breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some meals have been successes, some have been mixing up whatever is left, and some have been random concoctions that were mostly hits! 

Below are a few of our favorites...as we have said, Maggie is a vegetarian, but not because she thinks killing animals is bad, she just opposes how they are treated and the condition they are kept in. So, meat from our local farmer's markets is a go! Anyway, feel free to look at our comments, and make sure to ask us about anything that looks delicious! 

 

Farmer's Market Hot Italian Sausage + Marinara and Provolone Subs + Cranberry/Cherry Tomato/Cucumber Salad

Farmer's Market Hot Italian Sausage + Marinara and Provolone Subs + Cranberry/Cherry Tomato/Cucumber Salad

True Texans. Sour Cream Enchiladas + refried beans and avocado slices

True Texans. Sour Cream Enchiladas + refried beans and avocado slices

Maggie's method of cooking most days: consult multiple hits from a google search; see the similarities, make it similar. She rarely measures anything, but no spice has killed us yet. These sour cream enchiladas were her favorite meal of the month. We had a ridiculous system for moving the tortillas from the fry in oil stage to the dunk in enchilada sauce stage. TONGS are a most. 

(Side story: Once Maggie's sister gave their Aunt a pair of Kitchen Tongs in a Victoria's Secret box. Clever and funny gift!) 

Farmer's Market Sausage + Mashed Potatoes + Corn on the Cob + Asparagus + Corn Bread

Farmer's Market Sausage + Mashed Potatoes + Corn on the Cob + Asparagus + Corn Bread

Byron's favorite meal. He is adjusting quite well to a mostly vegetarian menu, but he sure does love it when Maggie is willing to cook meat, plus he gets to experiment with our in-house methods. Special shout-out to Antonia for letting us use her lean-mean-fat burning George Foreman grilling machine! It added the so much to our Southern Meal!

One of M's favorite breakfasts! Popovers! 

One of M's favorite breakfasts! Popovers! 

Maggie DID NOT consume all of these. 

Maggie DID NOT consume all of these. 

Classic. Mac & Cheese. Broccoli and Guac. Griffin House Salad...not really, I need to come up with that.  

Classic. Mac & Cheese. Broccoli and Guac. Griffin House Salad...not really, I need to come up with that.  

We end with popovers! and a frozen thrown together delight. Popovers are such a treat for Maggie. They remind her of her grandmother and slow, easy mornings. Those are the best foods, ones with memories. So much of what Maggie has made is inspired by her adolescent evenings atop a tall red chair in the kitchen watching her mom make meals every night. 

Maggie had a flashback moment one evening. The loft window was open, a warm summer wind flooding in, kitchen hoppin', the local news and ABC nightly news was in the background--it felt perfect, it felt familiar and wonderful. These small moments are now our own. This is all so exciting and fun! 

We are excited to keep you updated on our meals; we hope you enjoy it and share some of your favorite recipe and kitchen memories with us!