I cook dinner for my husband and I every night, so you would think having things to post on my food blog would be easy. But it’s not easy. I don’t follow very many recipes for everynight dinners. We eat a lot of fish, salmon, halibut and rockfish. And a lot of shrimp. The fish is usually grilled with an easy marinade, salsa, or sauce. I rarely buy beef, and we don’t even eat chicken that often. But because I just throw things together, I am hesitant to put those things on my blog. Tonight, for instance, dinner turned out really good. For the main dish, I grilled halibut with just olive oil and salt and pepper on it. I sliced a few pieces of ciabatta bread, brushed on some olive oil, and sprinkled with salt and pepper and also grilled those. Then I made a salsa-type topping-thawed frozen corn, chopped tomato, sliced green onion, chopped garlic, siracchi sauce, salt and pepper. I placed the toasted bread on the plate, placed the halibut on top, then the salsa on top of that. It was delicious. The side dish was kind of bizzare, but again, tasted very good. I was trying to use what was in my fridge. In a little olive oil, I sauteed sliced celery, chopped red pepper, sliced mushrooms. I added a little chicken stock to help them soften, but cooked until it was completely absorbed. Then I added a big spoonful of sour cream and a smaller spoonful of artichoke-spinach cream cheese (I just discovered that-it’s great on wraps). Before serving, I topped with a mixture of ground almonds and breadcrumbs that had been toasted (leftover from something I had previously made). Again, it was very good. I don’t usually take photos of these dishes that I throw together, and again, rarely put them on my blog.
So I’m curious-how many of you follow recipes for all of your dinners, or like me, how many of you just throw things together? And for those of you who have food blogs, do you post those recipes that you throw together? I don’t measure anything in these dishes, so it would be really hard to post a recipe.



  1. Does cereal count? I usually just eat chicken. Chicken, chicken chicken! I’m sick of it! I usually ad lib in the kitchen, but when I’m in a non cooking mood its chicken, chicken, chicken.
    Lately I’ve started cooking again. I tried Jerry’s recipe for pasta, aspargus and goat cheese. It was really good.
    I’ve just started blogging but haven’t posted about food yet. As soon as I learn to load pictures I may do so.

  2. I’m about half and half. Because we’ve been eating low-fat I’ve been using more recipes than I generally would.

  3. We have MANY nights like that where I throw together whatever is in the fridge.I often think, “this isn’t worth blogging” too, but for non-cooks, some of those easy dinners might be the best!

  4. Rarely do I follow a recipe. I often get one out thinking to follow it, but mostly get off track because I can’t be bothered measuring, don’t have the right ingredients, etc. So make it up as I go along, throwing in whatever strikes my fancy. The first time I made peanut butter burgers (ground beef with pb added), people thought I was nuts, but then a local restaurant started serving pb burgers and suddenly I was not so crazy after all!
    I never post these things, but now, thanks to you, I think I might do so! Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

  5. I mostly follow recipes, but adjust them at times. With teenage boys around, I rarely have too much laying around to throw things together. When we have no kids at home in the fall, I think that I will enjoy throwing things together more often,

  6. I completely understand where you are coming from. After blogging for several years, I get into the thinking that I have to top my last post. Sometimes though the simple and spontaneous recipes are the most widely recieved.
    BTW, nice to meet a fellow Alaskan food blogger.