Bringing Home the Bacon!

5 Mar
Brinner at its best

Brinner at its best

I like to cook, I might be able to grill a mean burger, but I’m not going to pretend to be America’s next Top Chef.  I have the problem that probably too many of us have:  get comfortable cooking 4-6 cheap, easy, good meals, and never branch out.  I eat out about once a week, I have a frozen pizza probably once a week, and the rest is filled with quesadillas, pastas and stir fry.

But last night, when I invited a few people over, I had to come up with a cheap alternative; breaking away from the usual, but still within my recession price range.  Breakfast for Dinner.  Why in the world don’t I cook Brinner more often?  Eggs, bacon, pancakes, they are just so good!  Best part is, you can cook a dinner for 4 and throw back a few mimosas from a cheap bottle of bubbly, all for under $20.  Last night we scrambled the eggs, fried the bacon and flipped up some strawberry pancakes.

It is so easy, everyone enjoys it, and people don’t feel like you are being cheap.  When times are tough, it is important to be cheap, without looking cheap.

Let’s dissect a small dinner party.  When people come over, they want to be:

a) Comfortable:  There is nothing more comfortable than a hearty meal people know well.  Breakfast is just that.  No surprises, no ‘what’s this’, and no ‘hmm, I don’t know if I like that…’

b) Pleased (by the meal):  You have meat, eggs, and a filling batch of pancakes.  Throw a little something special like strawberries in there, and you really look like you care.

c) Pleased (by a drink):  Nothing fancy, just tasty.  Good thing about mimosas is that when you mix it with the orange juice, you can’t tell the difference from a good bottle of champagne and a bad one.

d) Entertained: Don’t you just love board games with friends?

The bottom line is that a good meal with friends and card games, will beat out any fine dining experience elsewhere.

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2 Responses to “Bringing Home the Bacon!”

  1. V-bear March 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I don’t know, steak from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse might beat out breakfast for dinner with friends….call me rude.

  2. Justin March 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm #

    My qualm with breakfast for dinner has always been the following: No human, that I can imagine, ever made a conscious decision to eat certain foods at one point in the day, another class of foods for another point, etc. But, rather, over time, through a gradual evolutionary process, humans simply develped tendencies … tendencies to eat starchy, high simple-carb-based foods earlier in the day, etc. The reason for this is simple: in order to be alert and not be eaten by a wolf or dinosaur, humans that choose…maybe at random, to eat simple-carb-based foods earlier in the day tended to be more alert and, thus, tended – at a higher rate then their counterparts – to avoid being eaten by dinosaurs and wolves. Over time, whether through custom or through the passing on of genes that “encourage” people to select high-simple-carb foods either more often or simply earlier in the day (or through a combination of both of these mechanisms), eary meals – i.e., “breakfasts,” tended to contain the types of foods that we now associate with breakfast, mid-day meals, i.e., “lunches,” tended to containt the types of foods taht we now associate with lunch, and later meals, i.e. “dinners” or “suppers” (depending on your regional dialect), tended to contain the types of foods that we now associate with dinner. Thus, breaking with this has two implications. First, we will tend to lose the advantages, embedded in our social and biological structures, associated with starchy foods early in the day. Simply put, we will remain awake longer at night, lose sleep, and wake up less alert as a result. Second, and as a result of this, by eating starchy foods late and, thus, compromising our standard sleep patterns (which are, of course, are also the result of the evolution of the optic eye and, thus, the greater liklihood that we will survive by resting during the darkest portions of the day), we increase the liklihood that we will be eaten by wolves or dinosaurs. Thus, on these grounds, I respectfully disagree with your insightful and charming essay on “Brinner.”

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