This is a version of the same article that appeared in the Seattle Times on 12/26.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Holiday Sweet Potatoes
4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
3 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. dried bread crumbs
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
In a saucepan melt butter. Add flour & garlic and stir until color deepens a bit. Add cream and simmer until mixture thickens slightly.
Layer sweet potatoes in a buttered casserole dish.
Pour sauce over and bake @ 325 degrees for 1 hour.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with bread crumbs and cheese and bake for 10-15 more minutes.
For Christmas dinner I was invited to Mrs. S's in-laws...... got that?? By BFF's husbands parents - which I thought was about the sweetest thing in the whole entire world for them to invite me. The chickies had ran off with their dad (and rightly so - they spent Christmas eve & morning with me), so I was "unattended". LOL So, I took a veggie tray and these two dips:
Vegetable Dip ****
Of the two, I liked this one best. It was creamy and fresh tasting and perfect to dip a veggie into. And I had some of the heavy cream left over from the sweet potatoes that needed to be used up!
Italian Vegetable Dip *** 1/2
This one was too chunky for veggies - it might be better with chips or a nice sourdough to dip into.
I hope your holiday table was filled with as much love, laughter, and joy as mine was!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
It was time to get serious.
Monday, December 21, 2009
I wasn't impressed at all. The pork was okay - the "stuff" in the crockpot wasn't good at all. It does not make me happy to waste all the stuff as just a cooking liquid. I won't make it again, when there are better recipes for use of my pork roasts.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Roast ****
Monday, December 14, 2009
...in my life last week! Thing happened to way-lay my meal plan - some were good, some not so much. I lost water one day (not do to the cold, but due to a faulty electrical something-or-another in my control box for my pump) and I lost power to half the house another day, again due to electrical issues.
The other good stuff had to do with Pillsbury and as soon as it is available I'll share. Trust me, it is super cool! This week we are again filled with much holiday merriment and activities.
Monday - I'm trying to "perfect" my chicken noodle soup recipe. The chickies are willing recipients of all the trying. :)
Tuesday - This Slower Cooker Cranberry Roast looks interesting. I would think that cranberries would go better with a pork roast and some of the reviews even suggest that, but I'm going to try it as written with a chuck roast.
Wednesday - We might be going out and about Wednesday depending on the weather. So, we will have leftovers.
Thursday - We have been invited to a Mother-Daughter Christmas party. I'm sure it will be tons of fun and KK is very excited. In addition, today is SS's Christmas concert at school. She will be full of Christmas cheer and song. I love it!
Friday - KK has declared (very publicly in fact) that this Simple Hamburger Stroganoff is her favorite thing I make. I can't believe it dethroned the ever-popular shake n' bake pork chops!!
Saturday - I want to give this Creamy Chicken Lasagna a try. It seems pretty basic, I'll use my marinara instead of jarred sauce.
Sunday - I'm still want a terrific meatloaf. Tasty, slice-able, the kind that melts in your mouth. I thought this Boston Market Copycat looked pretty good.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Monday - I wish I had PW's Cookbook 'cuz I saw a picture of a chicken fried steak that look extra yummy, but I'll just make my momma's recipe (basic breading with saltine crackers), mashed potatoes and a cream gravy. YUMMY!
Tuesday - Crockpot day - I had everything on hand for this Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Roast. I love it when I like a recipe that doesn't require any grocery shopping!
Wednesday - This is the day of the Cookie Exchange. Since I'm not a baker, I'm contributing fudge.
Thursday - Poor SS.... we haven't had spaghetti and meatballs for at least two weeks! LOL I'll make her happy tonight.
Friday - I'm so in love with that Chicken Alla Puttenseca, here is another recipe that is reminiscent of that with spanish olives and capers. This one comes via my cooking friend and all round sweetie pie, Dishy.
Famous Puerto Rican Chicken
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 sweet bell peppers, any color, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
8 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 2 TBS fresh)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
12 oz. canned tomato paste
2-3 chicken bouillon cubes, or 2-3 teaspoons Better than Bouillon, chicken flavor
2 large potatoes, unpeeled, cut in bite-size pieces
2-3 cups water
1/2 cup (more or less) Spanish olives, drained
2-3 TBS. capers, drained
Place chicken in large shallow baking dish (I just used a 9x13; if you use a larger baking pan you could use more chicken). Spread chopped bell peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, oregano, cumin seeds, ground cumin, and tomato paste over chicken. Then add the chicken bouillon (dissolved in the water), and potatoes over this mixture. Bake at 400 F for 90 minutes. Add the olives and capers after the chicken has baked for 45 minutes. Serve with rice.
Saturday - We HAVE to go Christmas shopping. We will brave the crazies and go to a "real mall" and I think we will go to Famous Dave's BBQ, 'cuz when I went before they gave me a coupon for my next visit. I'm a sucker for a coupon!
Sunday - Two weeks ago I made a double batch of chicken noodle soup and froze the leftovers. As of now, IT IS ALL GONE! My chickies are lurve my chicken noodle soup (which makes my heart sing with happiness!). So, we are gonna make another giant batch. :)