Cornhole + Cracker-Noodle-Do

Good Eats (Camaraderie)

First off, we’re in the middle of our fifth month of this experiment in marital bliss. If you’re looking for a great book with some wonderful meals, we would urge you to pick up Good Eats: The Early Years. We haven’t been disappointed with a meal yet! Cracker-Noodle-Do was a simple and perfect meal for an early summer/late spring meal. The recipe is only in the book and was never mentioned on any episode of Good Eats…which means I probably can’t write much about it. However, if for some random reason you didn’t mean to boil up some linguine noodles, accidentally melted some butter in saucepan, unpurposefully crumbled a handful of crackers into the melted butter, had the slight mishap of combining the noodles and butter/cracker mixture with some salt and pepper, and haphazardly added a favorite shredded cheese of your liking, then you may be somewhere near the ball-park of what we enjoyed. This isn’t part of the original recipe but we also browned some ground beef for a bit of protein. This meal was excellent, easy, and a repeat! We served dinner outside during sunset with John Mayer Pandora playing in the background.

Butter & Crackers Prepped Cracker-Noodle-Do

Melting Cracker-Noodle-Do Butter

Sauteeing Cracker-Noodle-Do Crackers & Butter

Finished Cracker-Noodle-Do Saute

Cracker-Noodle-Do

An added bonus from our date night camaraderie particular, our food and cooking IQ has increased together! Usually one of us learns a good deal about a subject and the other something else, however, in this season, we’ve learned a lot about a subject together. We like this and are trying to figure out way to cultivate it more. We are even finding ourselves pondering ingredients and critiquing recipes. We were at the grocery store this morning and as Britt was picking up some lunch meat, I was glaring menacingly at the odd-shaped fruits next to the apples saying something to the effect, “I could take you and cook you into something…” We’re beginning to realize that we actually may know what we’re talking about in the kitchen. We also have a good time doing it. Together. We’re aware that this must mean a meal/recipe/kitchen disaster is forthcoming as we need to be humbled.

Good Plan (Initiative)

Nothing extravagant tonight but still a fun plan. We have a cornhole set so I brought it into our front yard and we played a couple of games with Britt. Unsurprisingly, we had a great time together and the games even had a level of competition to them. We even began to attract the neighbors, so I had to tell them, “Nope, go away, its date night!.” We had a sweet time together and haven’t had that much competition in a game since playing Settlers of Catan.

52 For Two Cornhole Date

Good Conversation (Depth)

1. Is there a craft or skill you would like for me to cultivate in the coming years?

Britt: I would like for you to become an expert on eating healthy.

Matt: I would like for Britt to increase her understanding in the world of horticulture. I’ll dig up, plant, and cut whatever, however, I just don’t have much vision for how to make our yard look cool and inviting. I feel like Britt would be good at this.

2. If we snuck off to a summer concert, who would you want to see?

Matt: John Mayer or some sort of symphony

Britt: Page CXVI