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A Man, A Can And A Plan

Shortly after I posted the video about my husband Tom’s struggle to prepare canned soup, my friend Carla showed me an e-mail her mom had received from Carla’s dad, shortly after Mom left town for a few days, leaving Dad to cope: “Hi. Too tired to go out to dinner. Found hot dogs, beans and buns. Yum. Just suppose I was going to cook the hot dogs, and I have the beans on the counter, and I have the buns on the counter. How would one go about cooking them all together? If you don’t answer this, I will go hungry to bed. Hungry. ☺.”

So Tom is not the only man deeply in need of instruction, but now there’s a great new cookbook for all male sad sack chefs. It’s my new favorite stocking stuffer that most of you can probably imagine giving to at least one man you know: A Man, A Can And A Plan. (Carla’s dad and Tom were two for three.)

Aside from all its fab can-related recipes even kitchen-challenged guys can cook, the book  is made of cardboard, like a toddler’s board book, so when the man has a toddler-size tantrum because he can’t remember how to operate a stove (or a can opener) and hurls the book on the floor and stamps on it, it holds up nicely.

Don’t just stand by your man (and his can). You gotta give him A Man, A Can And A Plan. Then give him a pan and  take off in your van as fast as you can. (Well, not too fast, or ou’ll end up in the other can with Lindsay Lohan.)

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2 Responses to “A Man, A Can And A Plan”

  1. barbara Says:

    Barbara here – mother of Carla, and wife of the guy with the hot dogs, buns, and beans. When I suggested that he boil the hot dogs, like we did in days of yore, he told me that he’d gone online, googled “how to cook hot dogs”, and they said that boiling was a NO NO! Hence, the 2 burned up Allen Bros. steak dogs (plus burned up all clad pan) that he thought were delicious. And since he is a very impatient man, and naturally cooks everything on HIGH, to get it done fast, the baked beans boiled and sputtered all over the stove top, and the buns burned in the toaster oven. He loved his whole meal, yum.
    If I ever meet you, I will tell you how he developed his impeccable palate. Knowing this, I’m wondering if it’s worth buying the cookbook! There’s hope for your husband – mine is 75.

  2. barbara Says:

    Barbara here – mother of Carla, and wife of the guy with the hot dogs, buns, and beans. When I suggested that he boil the hot dogs, like we did in days of yore, he told me that he’d gone online, googled “how to cook hot dogs”, and they said that boiling was a NO, NO! Hence, the burned up allen bros, steak dogs (all clad pan included) that he thought were delicious. And, since he’s a very impatient man, and naturally cooks everything on high, to get it done fast,the baked beans boiled and sputtered all ove the stove, and the buns burned in the toaster oven. He loved his whole meal. Yum,
    If I ever meet you, I will tell you how he developed his impeccable palate. Knowing this, I’m wondering if it’s worth buying the cookbook. There’s hope for your husband – mine is 75.

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