A: The WordPress challenge-of-the-week is all about expectations. What they are, how we achieve them, and how they can sometimes go terribly, horribly wrong.
D: Pessimist. They can also be exceeded.
A: Indeed, they can. But when I saw the challenge, my first thought immediately went to my expectations for the blog. What do I expect with each post? Something humorous, usually. But what do I get?
A: (Sigh) Something humorous, but not always in the way I had intended. My conversations with D are, more often than not, off-the-cuff. When I started, I scripted a few, and I still have bits and bobs tacked all over my Google Drive, but for the most part, what you see is what I wrote 10 minutes before posting. Because they’re a conversation–
D: Are you quite done chatting up the internet? This is boring.
A: See what I mean? I wasn’t even done with the thought before he interrupted. Now, it could be argued that because I’m the one typing, he really shouldn’t be allowed to interrupt, but when I get the snark, I have to type, for fear I’ll lose it.
D: You already lost it, woman.
A: Oi! Watch it, Druid! This is about expectations, and frankly, you match up to my expectation of you almost all the time.
D: In that I’m wonderfully dashing?
D: What about a sparkling conversationalist?
A: Uh, no.
D: Fine, what about my stunning sense of the epic?
A: . . . D, we’re talking about my expectations… not your over inflated sense of self.
D: Well, obviously there is no accounting for taste.
A: (Eye roll) This is, of course, exactly what I mean – I expect you to be exasperating and somewhat arrogant. And you deliver every time.
D: Every time? What about that time I made you cry?
A: Time? Don’t you mean times? And are we talking about sad crying or the weeping of abject frustration?
D: . . . both.
A: Point taken. Every once in a while, you exceed and even alter my expectations–
D: But of course I do – what else could you expect from a warrior – nay, a mastermind – of my caliber?
A: Briefly alter. Oh, so very briefly.
You know what else exceeds my expectations every single time? The following recipe. It is my father’s Easter casserole, which we make but once a year. It’s Italian in origin, but given that we’re Irish, I call it the …
Sullivan Family Italian Easter Egg Bake
Italian Cooking with Irish Flair
Preheat oven to 350F
- 1 dozen eggs
- 4 c. mozzarella cheese
- 16 oz ricotta cheese
- 12 oz parmesan cheeses
- 1.5 lbs sweet Italian sausage – crumbled and cooked
- 1 stick pepperoni, sliced
Whip eggs until frothy. Add cheeses and mix gently until incorporated. Add cooked and crumbled Italian sausage and mix to combine. Pour ingredients into a greased baking dish (9×13) and dot with pepperoni to own satisfaction.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes at a 350F oven, or until the top is set.
Enjoy – I hope it meets with your expectations, too!