Monday, October 31, 2011

Still baking bread.  Yeehaw!

Soccer season wraps up this week.  That means LEISURELY meals AT HOME.

But...this is what I'll be up to for the month of November.  See my post at Wish You Were Here.

See you on the other side.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spaghetti Square Pie

About a week ago, my youngest son and I are visiting the local drug/craft store.  He asks me if I will purchase this:

Elliot's Request

At first, I said 'no'...because it cost $19 dollars.  But then, I came to my senses...remembering WHO I was, WHAT blog I wrote, and WHAT my responsibility is to my readers.

So, yes, I splurged.  Because, honestly, when your SON asks for a COOKBOOK...what else do you do?

Tonight's dinner?  Page 38 - known as Spaghetti Pie.

An interesting twist on your typical spaghetti and meat sauce, the before-baking product looks somewhat like this:

The meat/bread crumb mixture forms the pie's "shell", while the cooked spag/egg mixture makes the "filling".  Spaghetti sauce and mozzarella top the concoction!

Here, later on tonight, I'll post the final judgment.

Later on:  the consensus regarding the above dinner was very positive.  Seasoned breadcrumbs gave the shell a different savor.  In many ways, though, it tasted much like standard ol' Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.  However, the presentation was fun - the longer the dish sits, the easier it sits up like a piece of cake.  All in all, thumbs up from everyone at the table.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Don't Stop (Re)Readin'

Sing above blog title to the chorus tune of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"

I am slowly, surely making my way back here.  Life is slowing down a little, and we have eaten three consecutive dinners here in the house.  So, yay for small victories!

But, I admit, I feel a little rusty in the kitchen.  For tonight's Tater Tot casserole, I forgot to mix the cooked hamburger into the soup/cheese/green bean mixture.  As I'd already spooned the soup mixture into the pan, I didn't want to rescoop it to add the meat.  So...I layered the tots on top of the meat on top of the soup.

Not gourmet.  I know.  But, where the dish lacked in aesthetics, it made up for in taste.  A 9 x 13" pan would have been nearly demolished had I not rescued a spoonful for my husband's lunch tomorrow.


Monday, October 3, 2011

Back In The Saddle Again

It has been two weeks since my last post.  About food!  Egad!

Well, I'm back with a vengeance.  For now.

Yes, life is still busy and there are days that we aren't eating until eight o'clock at night, but I'm managing to make miracles in the kitchen.  My sourdough is going strong still and my loaves are getting prettier and prettier and tastier and tastier every day...or at least, every time I bake bread.

But, I've had two consecutive days of culinary awesomeness.  By awesomeness, I don't mean Food Network awesomeness, I just mean homemade-from-scratch, not restaurant, awesomeness.

Last night was a Nacho Cheese Taco bake that was an absolute hit with the kids.  Tacos in casserole form?  Heck yes.

Tonight, though, pulled pork sandwiches in the crockpot and Butternut Squash Soup.  The squash soup thing was kind of on a whim...and I just made it up!!

*Two squash, cut up and boiled about ten minutes (until fairly soft).  Then, pureed in food processor.
*Chicken broth, garlic salt, a block of cream cheese - heated and melted.  Pureed squash added and stirred in, along with thyme, pepper, and chili powder.
*Mixture heated through and then repureed.  This was my personal preference - I dig the creamy texture.

In the end, you get this:

And it was enjoyed by all.  Even the kids, whom I wondered about.  Welcome fall!