Sunday, July 29, 2007

I have this weird tradition... Actually, my brother and I have a weird tradition. It started about 8 years back, during the Christmas-Shopping-Gauntlet, where after hours of getting fisted by every retailer in existence we just stopped at the first restaurant we saw.

(ahem) Red Lobster.

Okay, not exactly the business you were expecting me to reveal but there you have it. Red Lobster... And the tradition became, for whatever reason, that every year after fighting hoards of soon-to-be-ex-boyfriends and junkie-single-mothers, we just went to Red Lobster.

It was and is an odd once-a-year ordeal where I feel I must seek out and -=gasp=- enjoy an afternoon of Scampi, cheddar biscuits, and lots of whiskey.

And so, with the passage of time, I became accustomed to a certain order I would make every year: Cutty on the rocks with a slice of lime, Caesar Salad, Cheddar Biscuits, Aztec Chicken and Broiled Scampi with French Fries and Mixed Vegetables. This has never changed, and as John Cusack once said: "...Eventually, you get to... like it."

So recently, I felt like having that meal. Don't ask why, the urge just hits me sometimes. And being that I like my kitchen and the things I can do with it, I made my own faux-red-lobster dinner.

Personally, I like my meal much better. I can drink a lot of Cutty and not worry about driving anywhere or punching a waitress. Plus, the cheddar biscuits are bigger and more plentiful. All in all, maybe I need a new tradition. And that new tradition should be me, at home, making this meal and then unwinding in front of the fireplace when it's all over...


"Don't you judge me Earl!"
- From My Name Is Earl


Rebecca said...

How did you do your cheddar biscuits? I do mine with generic Jiffy baking mis and I use the biscuit recipe with shredded cheddar thrown in, then I brush them with a mixture of melted butter, garlic salt and parsley right out of the oven. We are cheddar biscuit whores at our house. Hell, everyone who comes to our house is a cheddar biscuit whore, given that there are never any leftovers when I make them. Damn it, now I may have to make some tonight. This is why we can't have nice things.

BGslum said...

My CB recipe is basically 1 cup of bisquick, and then I add butter milk, a little granulated garlic and cheddar cheese till it looks right. Like you, I use a little melted butter afterwards and wah-lah! A guy I used to work with spent a summer at Red Lobster and explained it all to me. Apparently, they use Bisquick but they don't call it bisquick. Basically, Bisquick makes the mix and puts it in a specially labeled box for RL. How lame, yet utterly enlightening is that?