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Put the Kettle on....

A Blog About Cooking... On a Cooking Site.... 
Mar. 12, 2014 5:24 am 
Updated: Mar. 13, 2014 3:09 am

Lately my blogs haven't had too much about cooking in them - I've been a little pre-occupied with the new addition(s) coming to our family. :)  On Friday my parents and my sister will pick up their new little boys and on Saturday Jon and I will pick up our new little girl - Annie! I've been telling Suzy all week she's getting a new sister. I know she has no idea what I'm telling her, but she wags her tail and gives me a lick anyways. Dogs are great that way.

Anyways - since I'm home on yet another snow day I thought I'd write a blog about what I made for dinner the other night to pass the time while I finish my morning coffee. I hadn't tried any new recipes lately and I felt like we were in a rut.  I'm on a mission to clean out the freezer of all the stuff I'd bought and stored in there over the winter.  Sometimes I shop and buy food and then end up not using it.  I also just plain like to see full freezers and cupboards.  The freezer is getting down to the "nitty-gritty bare necessities".  I see a stock-up shopping trip in my future. 

A few days ago I pulled out a package of ground beef.  We don't use a lot of ground beef - usually only if I'm making chili.  Or burgers.  Both choices are not something we eat often.  We're more of the chicken or seafood preferences.  This particular package of ground beef had been in the freezer several months.  It was time it came out of hiding.  Several weeks ago I had been looking at recipes on AR to add to my recipe box.  I only have just over 1,900 in that box - I needed to get busy and add some more to it!  I had found and saved a recipe for Salisbury Steak  and I knew I wanted to try it one day.  The only kind of Salisbury steak I had ever made was the kind you buy in the freezer section.  My kids loved that stuff! I'd make up some mashed potatoes and everybody was happy; no complaints came out of Steve's mouth, which was very rare indeed.  Just for that night I wouldn't make him put any veggies on his plate.  Why turn on the complaint button for a few bites of broccoli? 

Anyhow - I decided to use my package of ground meat and make that recipe.  There are only 2 of us now so that meant I had leftovers for my lunch!  I made extra mashed potatoes and ate a repeat at noon the next day. 

With the hope of Spring just around the corner I'm looking forward to meals cooked on the grill and enjoyed eaten outside.  Right now grilled veggies and maybe a fillet of grilled salmon or a chicken breast sounds like a great idea for dinner.  Our grill is usually used all year long but this year was so cold and we had so much snow, it hasn't been uncovered in a long, long time.

Mar. 12, 2014 1:34 pm
Well, living here in MO you just NEVER know when you can whip out the grill. We have had some stellar days so we grilled last week. Steak and I tried something new flattened pork chops rolled around chopped apples marinated with hard cider. I couldn't find the recipe I based the pork on and the idea was good but a little on the bland side. Definite tweaking or finding the recipe would help! My guys are beef eaters so Salisbury steak is right up their alley. Sounds like some perfect comfort food to me. Tonight the kid requested tuna steak so I'm gonna pull asparagus and Morel mushrooms out of the freezer and make some kind of side. Spring is 8 days away!!!
Mar. 12, 2014 3:19 pm
Hi Cat! The pork chop thing sounds good, but like you say - it might need some "spicing up". I love asparagus. Now you've got me hungry for it. :)
Mar. 12, 2014 8:38 pm
hi ma! ya have been hammered with nasty weather! we can see it even in the deep south...plain nasty everywhere it seems this year. Salisbury steak, hamburger steak and mashed taters...great fill your gut comfort meals. here's another...s.o.s. i hope spring gets there early this year for ya...ya dam sure deserve it!
Mar. 13, 2014 3:09 am
gderr - 2 days ago we had a real "teaser" of a Spring day and now we're back to single-digit temps and snow. Mother Nature is one angry deity right now!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
My cooking triumphs
Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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