The Habit of Cooking Dinner

 Posted by on April 23, 2013  3 Responses »
Apr 232013
 

A few months ago I made it a goal of mine to cook dinner for my family more often.  I knew I had become lazy in the kitchen when my afternoon telephone conversations with my husband sounded something like this…

Him: What are we doing for dinner tonight?
Me: I made meatloaf and mashed potatoes!
Him:  You actually cooked?!

 

I had let our busy lifestyle become an excuse for me not to cook.  It was affecting my relationship with him, our family time together at the dinner table, and our finances.  I knew it was time to make a change and that is what I did!  Continue reading »

Fun Food for Football Watching

 Posted by on October 6, 2011  1 Response »
Oct 062011
 

Ah, fall! Time for falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and FOOTBALL! Whatever your favorite team, there’s one thing we can all agree on…watching football on tv is made all the better when accompanied by a delicious snack. Below I’ve included two of my favorites… one for the men, and one for ladies. (Although I enjoy both of these!)

Hearty Red Chili

For the men… Shh! This delicious dish tastes like it cooked all day, but it really only takes about 30 minutes!
In large saucepan, cook ¾ lb. ground beef, 1 cup chopped onion, ½ cup chopped green pepper, and 2 cloves garlic until meat is brown. Drain fat. Stir in one 16 oz. can diced tomatoes (do not drain); one 16 oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained; one 8 oz. can tomato sauce; 2 to 3 teasp. chili powder; ½ teasp. dried basil; ¼ teasp. salt; and ¼ teasp. ground red pepper. Cover; simmer 20 min. Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream; tortilla chips optional. Makes 4 servings. I always double it, as it’s even better the next day!

Greek Spinach Melts

For the ladies… (adapted from Pampered Chef “Seasons Best” cookbook, Fall/Winter 1996).
Begin with a loaf of delicious San Francisco sourdough bread. Ahh, really we could stop right there (after a little butter is added). But we’ll keep going…if you do not, as I no longer do, live within 60 miles of San Francisco, take heart…there are places you can buy sourdough bread almost as good as that sold in the City by the Bay. My favorite local sourdough bread is found, believe it or not, at Walmart. It’s a 24 oz. square loaf called California Sourdough, and it’s often on the day old bread rack.
Slice half of that loaf (if it comes already sliced, all the better) and spread the slices out on a baking sheet. Put them into the oven at 350 just long enough to crisp them up a little…do not let them turn brown. Now take the baking sheet out of the oven and set it aside.
Defrost one box of frozen, chopped spinach. Now take the spinach out of the box and squeeze it vigorously in a clean kitchen towel. Place it in a bowl along with one chopped plum tomato, ¼ cup chopped red onion, 2 garlic cloves (pressed), ½ cup crumbled feta cheese, ¼ cup each mayonnaise and sour cream, ½ teasp. dried dill weed, and ¼ teasp. salt. Mix together and spread onto pre-toasted bread slices. Bake 10 min. at 350, or until heated through.

What favorite recipes do you have for football watching?

~ by Kim, The Daisy Muse

Recipe Round Up on Pinterest

 Posted by on August 30, 2011  5 Responses »
Aug 302011
 

Pinterest Deliciosity! I am a practical gal and like simple recipes. As Kendra shared in her post yesterday, a really great way to keep track of recipes is by pinning your favorites or ones you’d like to try on Pinterest. I’ve listed some recent favorite recipes below. But, you can view even more recipes on my Pinterest Deliciosity board. Here are two recipes I’ve pinned that we’ve tried just in the last week.

Oh my! Guacamole Hummus. Two fine ingredients in harmonious flavor.

There are so many fun food ideas to make with the children. Like Phyllis’ Edible Sand made with Golden Oreos and served up in a sand bucket. Click here.

Those, plus these, would definitely make for a happy home: Continue reading »

Fun Projects and Encouraging Links

 Posted by on March 29, 2011  4 Responses »
Mar 292011
 

If you know me, you know I adore the practical. So I am sharing just a few inspirational spots I’ve been fortunate to stumble upon:

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Thanksgiving Tips I’m Thankful For

 Posted by on October 19, 2010  4 Responses »
Oct 192010
 

Imagine going to bed Thanksgiving Eve and sleeping in Thanksgiving morning. I always thought you had to get up at 5 a.m. on Thanksgiving to wrestle with a raw bird. That is until I found two recipes from Southern Plate. And boy am I thankful!

I followed Christy’s instructions for making dressing in the crock pot. Not only is it delicious, it frees up oven space. Plus, I took her advice and put the turkey in the oven to cook overnight. Both were such a success they have forever changed the Thanksgiving menu: Continue reading »