Archive for March, 2011

Too much assembly required

I want to make well-balanced, nutritious meals for my kids, so I tried a meal-preparation service. It didn’t prepare me for all the work.

I think this sums up what meal assembly has turned into. A good idea that still requires far too much assembly at home and more planning than many people are willing to invest.

Too Much Assembly Required

Gas has gone up 40 cents in the last couple of weeks

Gas prices have pretty much gotten out of control. I thought things were bad when we crept up to $3.00 a gallon and now we’ve crushed that threshold and are rushing headlong into $4.00 a gallon. And I’m not so sure that’s the cap. With all the international trouble and a slew of other factors I think $4 will just be the beginning of our troubles. And of course that means food prices are going to go through the roof. The grocery bill has doubled in the past couple of years and it looks like it may do it again this summer.

Summer is a horrible time for the food industry anyway so this will just make it even worse. And it won’t just be restaurants it will be all of us. I don’t think there’s going to be a way to escape getting gouged this summer both at the pump and in the grocery store.

Just when you think things might be starting to level off, gas prices go all to hell and set things back again.

Act now and get customer recipes from Dream Dinners

I find these recipe contests that Dream Dinners holds to be incredibly ironic as well as moronic. It’s ironic that they try to get recipes out of a customer base that admits to being kitchen and cooking hostile. They have no time to make meals for themselves and in many cases they lack the skills, yet Dream Dinners wants them to hand over recipes so they can increase their own menu because it’s cheaper than hiring an actual chef and they fired everyone who held the position previously. Or that person ran away, it’s hard to say sometimes.

The other part I find funny is that almost all the recipes come from someone’s grandmother. It’s not a recipe the person submitting developed, nor is it a recipe they normally prepare for themselves – because they don’t have time. It’s something they wish they could make so they send it off in hopes of winning a few bucks worth of canned food.

It’s sort of sad that the ability to cook, and by that I mean follow directions on a label or from a book, has come to a screeching halt. But yet there are more cooking shows, cookbooks and cooking competitions around than ever before. Interesting how that worked out.

But in the name of recycling and lowering costs, Dream Dinners is cutting costs, getting other people to do their work and is now offering their contest winning recipes as part of their menu. Funny how that works out. If only there were another place you could to go get an almost endless supply of user submitted recipes for free …

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