Tuesday, September 02, 2008

So pathetic

Thatboy is ridiculously, unbelievably spoiled. Regardless of my personal opinions on his father's cooking/serving style Thatboy believes him to be a fantastic chef. We all know he lucked out in meeting me since I keep him knee deep in prepared meals. In fact, he mentioned just the other day that he doesn't know what's in the fridge because "if you haven't noticed, I only go into the fridge to get something to drink. For food, I just sit on the couch and wait for you to bring it to me."

And yet he still whines, begs, and cries for some of his mom's recipes. I have no desire to make her recipes since
a) she gave them to me and like the Actress didn't include vital information in the recipe
b) the woman's idea of seasoning pretty much begins and ends with lemon pepper. Chinese chicken salad? lemon pepper. Meatballs? lemon pepper. Soup? Lemon pepper. I grew up in a house without lemon pepper. We had lemons, we had pepper, but I didn't even know lemon pepper existed before meeting Thatboy. It's not my favorite seasoning.

But 2 years of begging wears a girl down. And so I pulled out her recipe for spaghetti. My issues with this recipe?
1) Lemon Pepper
2) Lack of ingredient amounts
3) The ingredients that do give amounts seem to be...off....
4) One of the ingredients is some local seasoning mix that is un-google-able. There is no indication as to what's in this seasoning mix and of course she's never given it to me. Nice. Makes it really easy to recreate the recipe.

When I made the recipe, surprise surprise, Thatboy thought it wasn't saucy enough. I tried to explain that it's because there was an inordinately small amount of tomato sauce in it but in the end I just shrugged and passed him some lemon pepper with his milk.

Thatinlaw's Spaghetti
  • 2 cans of tomato sauce (16 oz)
  • 1 lb lean hamburger
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 cup slice mushrooms
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 4 Tbsp "Italian Secret" (I used a handful of fresh basil, chiffonade)
  • lemon pepper (I used about 2 Tbsp)
  • Garlic salt (I used about 1 Tbsp)

  1. Saute Hamburger with garlic salt and lemon pepper.
  2. In a larger pan saute chopped and mushrooms, garlic, and onions. (I removed the ground beef from the pan and cooked all of this in the same pan)
  3. Add hamburger, tomato sauce and Italian secret and cook on low for 30 minutes.
Serves 4.
Each serving has:
Calories 417.9
Total Fat 24.1 g
Cholesterol 85.1 mg
Sodium 452.2 mg
Potassium 637.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.5 g
Protein 25.4 g


  1. I love spaghetti.
    All forms.
    All the time.

  2. LOL! I wouldn't dream of trying to replicate one of MIL's "recipes." Considering she only ever serves poached chicken, I think I'm safe!

  3. Oh man, you DO spoil him! My husband is spoiled too...and ungrateful. Not the best combo. Spaghetti looks fab, though.

  4. Well at least you tried. But I say save the mother in law recipes for when your visiting the inlaws:D

  5. Stop spoiling him. You set the expectation way too high :) Somehow, I thought "Thatinlaw" was so funny that I laughed really loud. At work. No good.

  6. I dated a boy who was obsessed wiht lemon pepper--like you I had no idea what it was. Too funny!

  7. My husband makes some MIL requests too...but fortunately she's not a lemon pepper junkie!

  8. Well, that's an A for effort. Lemon pepper in spaghetti, really?

  9. I do not have this problem as hubby's mom never cooks. She stores things in the oven.

  10. hahah what a spoiled hubby. My hubby is equally spoiled.

  11. I take it your MIL does not read your blog....I have a wonderful MIL, but my hubby says I cannot bake chocolate cake, Mac-n-cheese and roast potatoes like her....so guess what????He can go and eat those dishes at her house!!! In my kitchen I cook what I am good at and in her kitchen she does the same and I respect that!!!

  12. i'm dying at the lemon pepper. ew.

  13. I bet her "Italian Secret" is just more lemon pepper.

  14. LOL. Soooo funny about the lemon pepper. I'm with you though...I didn't know it existed until MIL told me how to make her tuna salad.

  15. a) i didn't realize that she puts it in EVERYTHING. that is just gross dude. i'm guessing i'm preaching to the choir when i say that, though

    b) did you ever watch 'everybody loves raymond?' this totally reminds me of the episode where the mom, marie, gives debra (the DIL) the recipe for one of ray's favorite dishes and she keeps making it and she can't figure out why ray says it doesn't taste the same... until she finds marie's original recipe and realizes she left out a key ingredient. if you haven't seen this episode it's worth seeking it out b/c i'm guessing you'd really relate to poor debra ;)

  16. Thatboy is lucky he wasn't wearing lemon pepper. ;)