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On Ryan’s Plate: Let the Cravings Begin

November 4, 2011

Last night, I came home to this:

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And you know what that means…here’s Ryan!

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One of the first things I remember learning about pregnancy, aside from what I gleaned during my own 9+ months in the womb, was that pregnant women have irrational, hilarious cravings. I learned this from television sitcoms, which gave me the kind of real world, street-wise education you can’t get from books and school.

Anytime a television sitcom character gets pregnant, you can bet that wacky cravings will follow. Ms. Belding craves fries and hot fudge (check out the SBTB clip at around 3:04 for this side-splitting example). Aunt Becky wants salt and vinegar chips, but then keeps changing her mind and absurdly demands chips with ridges! (again, 3:04 on the Full House clip). Doesn’t Aunt Becky realize that Jessie is never going to put his badass band back together if he keeps making grocery store runs for ridged chips! (Still, who could resist Aunt Becky? She is just below Kelly Kapowski and way above Six from Blossom on the scale of 90s sitcom hotties).



So when Anna got pregnant, I was well-trained by experts to expect cravings. What TV didn’t anticipate is that my wife would crave such delicious things. Anna told me a few weeks ago that she had been craving a grilled cheese sandwich with white cheddar and pickles (pregnancy cravings often involve pickles because they are an inherently funny food). That sounded like a mighty good sandwich, pregnant or not. No Jello and onion cravings for this girl (we’ll save that for Sam after he Quantum Leaps into the body of a pregnant woman).

To satisfy the grilled cheese cravings we now both had, I decided to make some high-class comfort food: grilled cheese with sharp white cheddar and pickles, some roasted tomato soup, and a Caesar salad. The sandwiches were made on nice, thick slices of English toasting bread, with just a little garlic powder and pepper sprinkled into the butter covering each slice.

For the roasted tomato soup, I made a version of this recipe from 101 cookbooks. The tomatoes, garlic, onion, and pepper were all roasted for about 50 minutes, and blended in the food processor with vegetable stock and a little salt, pepper, and paprika. A little sour cream and basil topped it all off.

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I might be craving this meal again soon.

But the real lesson here is that the hours I devoted to TV during my childhood have paid off. That TGIF comedy block was time well spent. Check back for future posts about my hilarious incompetence in Lamaze class, my pratfalls after Anna announces she’s in labor and I run out the door and forget both the suitcase and my wife, and the delivery of our baby in a taxicab while Anna screams “You did this to me!” Meanwhile, instead of reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I’ll be watching old episodes of the 1994-1995 season of Step by Step for an accurate, informative portrayal of pregnancy.

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In all fairness to myself, I would like to say that the grilled cheese with pickles has been the ONLY craving I’ve had so far. 

Except for the Arby’s sandwiches.  And cajun fries.  And pineapple.

Damn. I guess those sitcoms had it right all along.

Happy Friday!!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2011 3:16 pm

    Cute post and that sandwich looks good! I remember the TGIF TV block and can’t believe how much I liked Full House then and how corny it seems now. 😛

  2. November 4, 2011 3:38 pm

    It’s almost lunch time and now I’m craving grilled cheese with pickles! And, I am NOT pregnant 😉

  3. November 4, 2011 3:41 pm

    Dang that sandwich looks delicious in a white trashy kind of way. I love it. 🙂 Keep up the good work Ryan!

  4. November 4, 2011 4:30 pm

    Love Saved by the Bell, love TGIF, loooove grilled cheese. Never had it with pickles, but I do love me some pickles so perhaps I’ll have to try that soon.

  5. November 4, 2011 9:39 pm

    Pickles belong of every sandwich…pregnant or not! Now I’m craving this meal! I don’t think I craved anything weird when I was pregnant. Although I ate a ton of baked potatoes with ranch dressing. Oh gosh that sounds so good. Darn dairy issues cause me too many problems! Dinner looks delicious Ryan!

  6. November 4, 2011 10:09 pm

    Haha-im jealous! I didnt really crave anything….. But i will take some of that soup please

  7. November 5, 2011 4:04 am

    I love the old-school TV references 🙂 And this is the fanciest response to a craving I’ve ever seen. I want in…and I’m not pregnant!

  8. November 5, 2011 12:16 pm

    I think that sandwich would be perfect with the addition of some kettle chips (IN the sandwich)…I’m also over 40 weeks pregnant…:-).

  9. November 6, 2011 12:54 pm

    haha love this post by Ryan! and that meal sounds amazing!

  10. November 7, 2011 3:33 am

    I swear that Nick had stranger cravings than I did when I was pregnant. Like … pickles and peanut butter? Ha. Hope you are feeling well! And way to go, Ryan, for helping to satisfy Anna’s cravings. Miss you both!

  11. JenATX permalink
    November 16, 2011 3:48 am

    Hey, don’t forget to watch Father of the Bride Part 2! That way you can remember not to take an anxiety pill hours before your wife goes into labor haha

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