Today, April 14, marks 8 years since I started this blog. Eight years is a long time. It's obvious that over time, us trying out new meals and desserts dwindled and so the posts dwindled. We also have been to a lot of restaurants in the Pittsburgh area and we have a list of favorites, so with limited dining out nights (usually we only eat out once/week), a list of favorites, family birthday dinners and/or seeing friends out on our one night/week, trying new restaurants has decreased as well. I always feel like I'm on the verge of quitting the blog, yet I don't. Mostly, I like having this space as a reference for the recipes we've made and the restaurants we've tried.
Today is also Good Friday, the one Friday a year that I do not eat meat on Friday. Or at least I try. One year I was out doing errands and got super hungry so I went through the Wendy's drive thru and got a junior bacon cheeseburger because that's what I always get. It wasn't until I was chewing the last bite that I realized what I'd just done.
I grew up Presbyterian, and while I remember a lot of frozen fish stick Fridays as a child, I do not recall that being a Presbyterian "thing." Just like we never gave up anything for Lent. Our meat-free Fridays may have been influenced by extended family/friends who were Catholic or by my mom's dad's family being Ukrainian Orthodox, I've no idea (he died before I was born, before my parents even married). But gosh did I come to loathe Fish Stick Fridays as much as Meatloaf Mondays.
This year, I planned. I made a reminder note last week when we started planning the shopping list. "No Meat On Friday!!!" Today I'm having yogurt for breakfast, grilled cheese & tomato for lunch, and crab cakes with spiralized squash for dinner. Popcorn for dessert. Not a very foodie-like blog-iversary celebration, but a meat-free Good Friday. Plus, there will be (hopefully) tasty food at a new-to-us restaurant on Saturday plus Easter dinner & dessert (and maybe the bunny will bring a basket of treats?) and Monday is our wedding anniversary. So there is plenty of good food in the next 3 days.