A Harlingen area family that has collected no less than 50 cookbooks over 20 years is having another uninspired dinner of chicken and macaroni with cheese for the fourth time in three weeks.
According to Mrs. Adriana Baker and her husband Christopher, most of the cookbooks have never been opened.
"They just sit there on the shelf, more like decoration really. Or something like a constant reminder of what could be", Baker mused.
Sadly, the menu has become more limited in recent weeks with their alleged busy schedule as the school year came to a close.
"Some days we'd forget to take anything out of the freezer and just end up pulling a package of chicken down to thaw out as it cooked away in the oven," Baker said. "Other days we just stop and get a $5.00 pizza from some back alley pizza joint. The kids think its a treat and we just don't have the heart to tell them the awful truth."
Although they have discussed broadening their culinary horizons on many occasions, failure to plan and lack of follow through ensures that chicken will be a supper certainty for the foreseeable future at the Baker family table.
"Sometimes we open a can of corn or green beans," Baker noted. "Adriana worries about scurvy and I guess it helps [to eat vegetables]."