I want to tell you about a meal that brought Daiku and me an inordinate amount of pleasure recently. It was that time of the week when our refrigerator was looking pretty empty, and we had to raid our pantry to make something for dinner. I grabbed a box of this tofu burger mix and set about making patties, thinking we'd have burgers. However, that plan changed as we tried to come up with a vegetable side. We had a couple of carrots and half a bag of frozen peas. Daiku remembered something his grandmother used to cook with these ingredients- we sauteed the sliced carrots, and then added onions and peas. We took the other half of our onion and roasted it in the toaster oven. We realized that these were very old-fashioned sides. So we decided to make our entree old-fashioned as well. As the patties stayed warm in the oven, we added some cheese to the top (veggie mozzarella for me, dairy cheddar for Daiku). The result looked amusingly like an old salisbury steak t.v. dinner right out of the 1950's. As we had dinner that night, we kept giggling at how ridiculous yet sublime our old skool meal was. I think mixing gourmet foods with more simple, kitschy ones is a great way to keep things interesting!