10 Mar

Right-Sized Food

Big Chocolates


One thing that many people don't realize is that every food has a "right size."

For example, this is about the right size for chocolate (maybe even a touch bigger would be perfect.)

Some other size guidelines that might help:

  • Cookies: These should be big enough that one cookie can be substituted for a whole meal, but not so big that they are hard to pick up.
  • Broccoli: This should be as small as possible. It should be so small that I can't even make out the green color on my plate.
  • Cheese: the current size of most cheese is about right, but it can be improved by being cut into small, easy to eat shapes OR served as a stick.
28 Feb


Green Beans


The Chef often looks to me for advice and criticism on how best to prepare food. I know she counts on me to help shape her culinary path.

She often struggles to create something I find palatable. To lift her spirits (and to motivate her to continue to striving) I know that it is important to occasionally say something positive about her work.

So, I gave her a little "birthday" gift. I decided to loudly request more and more green beans. This was taken very well and had exactly the effect I desired.

27 Jan


Eating cookie dough

As I become older, I find that it useful to more precisely describe things so as to get exactly what I want. The key, I think, is to add a "y" to the end of a word to turn it into a useful descriptor. For example, I wanted a sword the other day. The Chef was thinking about pirates. I quickly corrected her, and told her I wanted something "ninja-y." See how useful that is?

I use this technique a lot when requesting food. The number one word I use in my requests is "dessert-y." I am happy to have something that isn't actually dessert, as long as it is "dessert-y." Candidates include cookie dough, frosting off of other people's cookies/cupcakes, and frozen fruit. 

14 Jan

Recipes for the New Year

11 Dec

Kindred Spirit

Usually I don't suggest posts to other sites, but this one got my attention as clearly this 10-month-old shares a lot of my interests:


08 Dec

Menu Plans by The Tiny Diner

I have started planning meals for my family (mostly Phil, although he isn't always appreciative.) You may want to use my menu plan for today, so I am providing it to you in this informative video.


28 Nov


Me, on Thanksgiving, with a empty plate.


All I heard for weeks (or maybe even just days or even hours, I haven't learned to keep track of time yet) is Thanksgiving this and Thanksgiving that. The Chef maybe even said something like, "No, I am not making you Mac & Cheese. I am making you a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Deal with it."

And, what did I eat that evening? Nothing. Not one thing.

Might it be that I was offered food and I refused all of it? I don't recall.

27 Nov


Me with my buffet


Don't get the wrong idea from the title of this post: I am not looking to sample new and exotic foods. In fact, I pretty much have been going out of my way to avoid anything but food I know I already like. 

But, as I have been trying to explain to The Chef, when I am in the mood for a snack, I really can't settle on just one thing. So I have started requesting that she bring me "a selection of food."

The selections I like best feature something crunchy, something cheesy, maybe a dried fruit or two, and some gummy vitamins.

My Chauffeur thinks my requests are ridiculous and that I should just tell The Chef exactly what I want, but I refuse to be pinned down. The Chef was hired for her creativity. Let her earn her keep!


01 Nov

House to House Snack Shopping

inspecting the goods


Usually we go to the grocery store to get snacks. The Chef took me "trick-or-treating" the other night. It was much better than the shopping we usually do. 

Now don't get me wrong: there are some great things about the grocery store. Often we go to a store where I get a bread sample (which I love) and, in addition to food, there is a toy aisle I can browse.

But going door-to-door with a bag and a costume yields much better results. First off, I get to do it with my friends (The Chef NEVER brings my friends grocery shopping!) Secondly, we got a truly terrific amount of candy.

I have to admit, I don't like about 60% of the candy I received. But the 40% that I consider edible was well worth the trip.

29 Oct

Dining en plein air

The Tiny Diner on an island picnic spot


As the warm season comes to a close, I wanted to note that one of the great pleasures of life is the "picnic."

What will I do during the long, cold months of winter? How will I keep my appetite up without the extra incentive of the sun and breeze? I think The Chef needs to take me on a few vacations this winter.