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Cottage Pie! 
Jun. 23, 2011 6:23 am 
Updated: Jun. 23, 2011 12:28 pm
Kenneth got a new bike on Wednesday - it's a recumbent trike which his back surgeon had mentioned prior to the surgery and Kenneth's been researching ever since. We cleared it with the surgeon for him to start riding one (and he got the ok to start swimming so hopefully he and Kent will be able to make use of the pool at Kenneth's grandmother's complex over the next 3 weeks before he heads out) so he went and picked up the one he had his eye on! It's very cool looking, and allows his back to be in a much better position than a traditional bike and he seemed to feel just fine riding it and felt good afterwards too. We pulled out Kenneth's mountain bike and filled the tires back up with air for me and we took the bikes to the Silver Comet Trail and rode for about a half hour and almost did 5 miles. It was perfect weather for bike riding - pretty warm out, but moving kept the breeze on our faces which felt great, and the Trail is really nice and shady! The only thing that didn't work out so well for us was that we didn't plan dinner around the bike ride and I was fixing scalloped potatoes with the intent to ride after eating, but it was taking so long Kenneth said throw it in the fridge and we'll eat when we get home. Well, we got home at 7:30 and the potatoes took an hour to cook! So it was a LATE dinner for us, the boys were starving but dinner was awesome so all was well that ended well. :) I'll be getting those recipes up soon, but in the mean time here's a Cottage Pie recipe we had the other day that was delicious (I was told the difference between Shepherd's Pie and Cottage Pie is one uses lamb and the other beef, so I'm going with "Cottage Pie" despite the name of the original recipe)! A simple, hearty and very tasty all-in-one dinner! It reheats well too, but the mashed potatoes do get pretty thick after refrigerating since they don't have any liquid in them to thin them down a little.

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We all really enjoyed this dish! Quick for a weeknight dinner, simple ingredients we pretty much always have on hand (my favorite kind of dish)! I usually like to bake up a loaf of whole wheat Irish soda bread to go with this meal, but didn't make time for it on this occasion, but it makes a wonderful accompaniment.

Slightly modified from the original Shepherd's Pie VI recipe by Jacquie from

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
salt and pepper to taste
1 12-oz package mixed frozen vegetables (such as carrots and peas), thawed and rinsed
1 small to medium onion, diced
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ketchup
3/4 cup beef broth
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until very tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and ground beef and cook until meat is well browned and onion is tender and translucent. Pour off grease, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup, Worcestershire and beef broth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next evenly distribute the mixed vegetables. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
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Jun. 23, 2011 12:28 pm
Mmmmm...gotta love cottage pie! Thanks for sharing.
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About Me
I love preparing meals for my family, I grew up eating home cooked dinners as a child, and felt that time around the table was very special. It gives me a LOT of pleasure to prepare something my family enjoys!
My favorite things to cook
I cook with a lot of chicken, we prefer boneless, skinless breasts. I don't think I have a preference for a certain style of food, or ethnicity. I cook mainly simple, meat and rice/pasta/potatoes kinds of meals. I enjoy trying different flavors and fixing new recipes. We enjoy italian, southern, mexican, etc.
My favorite family cooking traditions
It's sort of a tradition in our house to have biscuits and gravy every weekend, usually Saturday morning. My husband grew up in the South, and it's comfort food! I love preparing a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner: Roast turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and cranberry jelly... MMMMM!!!!
My cooking triumphs
I think I was pretty thrilled with myself the first time I successfully made a home-made pizza crust. I am also very good with homemade breads, and very proud of my banana and lemon poppy seed breads!
My cooking tragedies
I have two classic cooking tragedies from when I had just started cooking (age 16) - the first time was when I tried to thicken gravy by adding flour directly into the HOT liquid - LOTS of clumps... it was SOO gross! The 2nd time was when I tried to make my first white sauce, and I just could NOT get the flour to milk ratio right, it was pasty and disgusting!!! I've learned a lot since then, but those are classic OOPS memories!
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