Posted in February 2010

Creamed Spinach

We make this almost every Friday but I always eyeball the proportions and then throw away the extra béchamel.  After testing every frozen spinach available in these parts, Cascadian Farm is the winner.  Others can be watery or have too many ribs and stems.  Cascadian Farm is chopped finely and reminds me the most of … Continue reading

Freezer Choco Hazel Cookies

You’ll find the original recipe here and be glad to know that the freezer version makes it worth the effort.  I smooshed half of the cookie dough into the bottom of a gallon ziploc bag and froze them for a couple of weeks.  I think next time I will be more deliberate in my shaping … Continue reading

Tamale Pie

Man I love an easy one dish meal.  My husband found this in Better Homes and Gardens under “BEEF AND CORN CASSEROLES.”  And yes, it was in all caps in the recipe section as if this were and actual category of food.  I love the simplicity of some of the BHG and Southern Living recipes–they’re … Continue reading

Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

This is based on a recipe straight off the Nestle Toll House chocolate chips.  I was very worried when they quit printing it on the bag because they are awesome.  There are other variations that use cocoa powder, but the extra richness from the melted chips lends a chewiness that can’t be beat.  I made a … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

I tend to do a big hooplah over dinner on Sundays since the kids get Daddy time and I get to “play” in the kitchen.  Just this past year, I decided to tackle and master the art of the roast chicken. It seems so simple, yet it came out raw for me every single time … Continue reading

Beef Stew flat in the Slow Cooker

I’m experimenting with my stews and braises to see if the new slow cooker can pull it off.  I’m adapting the Beef Stew Spectacular recipe and mainly just changing a few logistics.  A really cool trick I learned from Cooks Illustrated Family Cookbook is to put whole new potatoes in around the edges and then … Continue reading