Monday’s Menu…


Monday is kind of a work/play day for us…it’s still weird for both of us to be at leisure…Den tends to want to run us like a corporation…while the kitties and I want to run us like a freelance operation…a summer camp or a long vacation.  Today…we gave in to Den’s whims and cleaned, vacuumed, dusted and did laundry.  I made my dad’s salmon patties for lunch…only mine are never as good as my dad’s.  Salmon patties might be an Ohio thing but I loved my dad’s…he tossed stuff in a bowl and sautéed them and they were so good…with my mom’s stove top macaroni and cheese…which was the only way she made macaroni and cheese and always with this box of “elbow macaroni” and of course Kraft American slices!  Yum!



I have been trying desperately to save this book at least until the end of March but I gave in to it…what can I say?  I am weak…I would read Lisa Jewell’s grocery list.  Her books…they are too good for words…I still remember reading and loving one of her first books…Ralph’s Party…and ever since then I have been a huge fan.


I just received two new books…from NetGalley…

A dazzling epic that follows two very different families in Cleveland across generations, beginning with their patriarchs, who become irrevocably intertwined one fateful night.


This one is a continuation of Caraval…which I started, loved, put down and never finished…uh oh…I may have to start it again!

I received these books from Edelweiss…

A rehearsal dinner brings together two disparate families in a sparkling, witty novel set over the course of a single day.


In this highly atmospheric mystery, Ruth Galloway—“a captivating amateur sleuth” (Louise Penny)—and DCI Nelson investigate a murder in a medieval Italian town where dark secrets are buried as deep as bones.


As a new series debuts, a young lawyer races to save his client from execution, putting him at odds with his own father: Thomas Pitt, head of London’s Special Branch investigators. 


So…that’s it for me today…I walked on my treadmill.  Den is leaving to walk outside…Lucy is napping but only because I just gave her a “kitty relax” pill.  In her elder years she tends to scream at us in a very loud Tonkish voice…the pills help all of us.  Roxie is crying because Den is leaving.  Roxie does not understand the concept of “I will be back soon”.  I want to zip through blogs and email, because I need to get back to my Lisa Jewell book!

Two curious questions for you today…

Is there an author that you love above all others?  And…

I need to know your fave childhood food memory!





34 thoughts on “Monday’s Menu…

  1. LisaD says:

    I used to love John Grisham books. Now, I’m a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan. Favorite food memory. Geez I actually have a couple. One was when we went on a cruise when I was in first grade. I ordered hot chocolate at every breakfast and on the last few days it was already waiting for me at our table when we came to breakfast! As a 7 year old I was amazed by this!

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  2. DEZZY says:

    Who does not like macaroni?
    My granny used to make them with fried cabbage (just that cabbage shredded and fried with salt in a bit of oil and them mixed with macaroni).
    OMG my cats would claw my eyes out if I’d try to put a cap on them! And they’d probably plan my death if I gave them any pills and they found out…..


  3. Stefanie says:

    Hmmm…author? That’s a hard one. There are series I love and can reread over and over again, but I may not like all of the author’s works. Favorite childhood food memory? I say when my mama would make peanut butter blossoms, those circular peanut butter cookies with the kiss in the middle. She used to make those for classroom parties and such.
    Your dad’s salmon patties sound yummy! I used to make Ellie Krieger’s Salmon Cakes with Creamy Ginger-Sesame Sauce. I have her cookbook that I had bought a long time ago because I used to watch her show on the Food Network.


  4. BermudaOnion says:

    I’m kind of between you and Den with running the household. I want all the work to get done but I don’t want to have to schedule them.

    Favorite author to read or personally?

    My favorite childhood food memories are cabbage and tomato soup and vertinu (I’m not sure that’s spelled right.) I’ve never been able to duplicate either one.


  5. Shirley Cantriel says:

    I know what you mean by elder years and crying. My girl was a very quiet cat until about a year ago. I was always do pleased with her. Not so much now.


  6. Debbie Rodgers @Exurbanis says:

    I love Michael Crummey: Newfoundland authors do something to me.

    My mom grew up in a bigger city than I did and she learned from the Italian immigrants in her neighbourhood. She made homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs when everybody else in my small WASP city was using Ragu. I still make that today although there are many good canned sauces on the market now.


    • Patty Magyar says:

      I don’t know Michael Crummey! I love your food memory. Here is a funny thing…my mom was Italian but she always added a jarred sauce to her homemade sauce…I think her sauce of choice was Ragu!


  7. Laurel-Rain Snow says:

    I loved Then She Was Gone…and I am curious about The Dark Angel, as I’ve enjoyed a couple of Elly Griffiths’ books.

    As for childhood food memories: I loved Sunday breakfasts (waffles) and Sunday lunch, which was more of a dinner, with pot roast or chicken. This probably explains all of my comfort foods lately.

    A favorite author is more challenging: I love Joyce Maynard’s books, and Marge Piercy is another favorite, although I haven’t read anything from her in ages. Paula Daly is one whose books I never pass up, and Gilly MacMillan is another one.

    It’s probably safer to say that psychological thrillers are my favorite books, and the authors writing them would fall into a favorites category.


  8. Ti says:

    Years later I see that what my dad did was really neglect by our standards today. You know how I’ve mentioned a rocky childhood. Anyway, my fave memory is when he would leave me at the Central library, a huge maze of a building downtown and I would just wander around at the age of 5 and then he would pick me up at the end of the day.

    Tell me about that mac and cheese? You just keep adding cheese? No milk or butter?


  9. Carol says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had salmon patties – when I was a kid I tended to avoid fish and now my husband’s allergic to salmon.
    My favorite food was (and is) my mom’s spaghetti and tomato sauce.


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