A Dinner Diary

Now seems as good a time as any to tell you I’m keeping a dinner diary.  Not like a “Dear Diary, I had pizza for dinner.” thing, but a write-down-what-I-cooked-for-dinner thing.

You see, a few months ago, we were partaking it our favorite Saturday morning ritual of eating breakfast while watching The Kitchen on Food Network when guest Jenny Rosenstrach mentioned she’s kept a dinner diary since 1998.  Mostly, I think she used it as a planning tool, but as someone who loves listing things, the idea struck such a chord.

So a few days later, I went to Target, perused their entire collection of notebooks, planners, journals and finally landed on a simple black one with lined pages and “Notes” written across the front.  “Understated but timeless,” I hoped.  I was having visions of children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren thumbing through this little black notebook, imagining just what “Ginger Cashew Chicken Curry” tasted like when I made it way back in 2017.  Or maybe even of myself looking back through it, watching the evolution of weeknight dinners, holiday meals and cooking frequency throughout the years.


The weird thing is, I’m a perfectionist through and through — I’ll seriously re-write my grocery list if I spell fettuccine wrong — but for some reason, imagining that diary looking all splattered in spaghetti sauce, pages rumpled, like only really well-loved things look makes me so happy.

I’ve been writing in it since mid-January and I kinda love it?  Yep, I’m a list-maker through and through ♥


Are you a list-maker?

Do you keep a diary/journal of any kind?

Also, what are you doing this weekend??  We have snow in the forecast and a bike bar outing booked.  Should be very very interesting!