I haven't done much cooking the last week. I've made so much, we had to catch up on leftovers. I still have a few things on my menu from last week, to make, which I hope to get done, tomorrow; some breads, Rice Krispie Treats, and a few other goodies
I can slice up and freeze.
Today, however, I made 2 pans of brownies (1 I frosted, 1 with walnuts), a pan of lasagna, and 2 pans of breakfast burritos. This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and I know not much is being done at our school for our teachers and staff so, I took it
upon myself to let them know how incredibly important they all are to our family. I don't plan on just honoring our teachers, I plan on honoring everyone at the school. At our school, even the maintenance men are a part of the classroom. I can remember
when I was in Elementary School, our maintenance men, you stayed away from them. They wandered up and down the halls, grumbling to themselves, and when you went to the maintenance room to clean the erasers, they were always so put out by having to spend time
monitoring you while cleaning them. Well, not at this school! These guys are ever present from the moment you walk in the door in the morning to the moment my kids get in the car in the afternoon. So, it doesn't matter who you are at our school, I just
want to let them know how much we appreciate them.
Ingredients in my breakfast burritos are flour tortillas smothered in sour cream, stuffed with eggs, breakfast sausage, cheese, salsa, diced green chiles, and green chile sauce. I put a cup of green chile sauce in the pan before the burritos went in to
keep them from sticking and topped the burritos with cheddar cheese. In the past I have experimented with different flavors in the burritos with adding fresh cumin heated in a cast iron skillet until fragrant, ground beef with taco seasoning instead of breakfast
sausage, and I've added black olives in, too. Any way you do it, they are always a very good comfort food breakfast, lunch or dinner!
My lasagna, well, I must admit, I didn't go all out as I would for our own meals, but I did make a nice lasagna, nonetheless. I like to use cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese because I'm not a fan of ricotta and I think the cream cheese adds a richness
ricotta doesn't. I microwave the cream cheese in a glass bowl for 1 minute, mash up the brick, add 1/2 as much milk or cream, microwave for 30 seconds more, add real parmesan cheese, and microwave and 30 seconds, whisking together until thick. I also, used
1/2 hamburger, 1/2 pork in this pan. So, I began layering at this point starting with spaghetti sauce with mushrooms in the bottom of the pan, no boil noodles on top of that, cream cheese mixture, meat mixture, more sauce, cheese, no boil noodles, cream cheese
mixture, meat mixture, more sauce, no boil noodles, cover with cheese. I wish I could sample some of it!
The brownies were out of a box, Ghiardeli, but nothing overly special.
I do hope the teachers and staff enjoy their meal and I hope there is some leftover as Friday is an in-service day for the teachers.
Sláinte agus táinte! (Health and Wealth)