So yesterday I spent the day demolishing my deck for the new one I am starting to build in a few weeks. It was supposed to rain by noon, so my plan was to work outside until the rain started then move inside for work on the blog. Well the rain didn’t start until after 6:00 pm. So I kept working on the deck until 5:30. No blog work, but I still needed to make dinner.
Sunday I had taken some chicken out of the freezer to use this week. I also had cauliflower, mushrooms and fresh corn, that were needing to be cooked, before they found their way to the trash bin. What I came up with was this fairly healthy simple chicken casserole. This is a quick and easy recipe which allows you to substitute whatever items you have in the fridge that are on their last legs.
Makes great leftovers for lunch the next day. Trust me I just had it for lunch.
My kids loved this and didn’t even notice the smashed cauliflower for the bottom crust. Smashed cauliflower adds a nutritious nice flavor to the dish.
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Spicy Cheese Straws
Once a month, during the fall and winter, we are get together with a group of old neighbors to play cards. We usually get together once a month . The group can be large at times. It is very casual and everyone brings an appetizer to share. I always try to make something new and last month I decided to make spicy cheese straws. This is a fairly simple appetizer and makes for a nice presentation. I found this while looking for new ideas for appetizers. I adapted the recipe to my own taste and doubled it. The original recipe is from Ann Maloney at NOLA.com The site has a large selection of unique recipes.
Makes about 36
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Like most of you, we have a very busy family life. I cook fresh meals 5-6 times a week instead of feeding my family fast food or pizza everyday. This is not to say that we don’t eat fast food or pizza on occasion. I try to make new variations of recipes most nights of the week. I use the crock pot once or twice a week and also make large quantities of dishes to freeze. I try to make the ordinary extraordinary. It is not usually fancy, just good comfort food that I try to keep as healthy as I can.
Tonight I made a version of pork chops in gravy.
This is a simple pork chop recipe with a few variations to make it my own.
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