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Just Call Me Late For Dinner! 
Mar. 16, 2013 5:16 am 
Updated: Mar. 18, 2013 6:54 am
Just call me late for dinner is absolutely the right title for me. Thursday was the latest I have been yet. To be fair or to make excuses I am still getting use to the time change, the power went out for a minute or 2 shutting down all my clocks, and I am still stripping paint from the wood work in the kitchen. ( helpful hint for you, If ever you think it is a good idea to paint your wood work a deep red in high gloss paint.....it is not the best idea you will ever have.) When Bill walks in the door and sees me up on the ladder scrapping away the kitchen a grade A  disaster area and says you do know it is 5 :45 right I was dumb founded because I really did think it was more like 4:00 and I had plenty of time.
  The recipes I had picked for dinner that night were easy but required a little more prepping then most of the recipes I use during the week. Yes faceless, is there any other type of recipe out there. Lucky for me I had tried to get a jump on dinner in the hopes of serving it on time for the first time this week. I had done some of the chopping and assembling ingredients together measured and ready to use. A good thing or dinner would have been around midnight.
 Normally the salad is what I put together last, because it is the easiest and less time consuming then most of the rest of the dishes. Not so on Thursday the pears needed to be broiled before I could put the main and side dish in the oven. I had reduced the port earlier in the day for the dressing so it was cooled and ready to go into the food processor, while the pears broiled I put the port, onion, garlic and other ingredients in the processor making the dressing, that done I cleaned off my counter and got down to the business of making dinner. I worked backward this whole meal it seems. Usually I start  with the main dish and work around it. I have to say juggling things around and working on 2 and 3 dishes at the same time makes me feel like a real cook. Any way I put together the corn casserole and got that in the oven. I just knew the casserole was going to be a hit because I was enjoying picking at it while it was still cold. Once the casserole was in the oven I browned my ground sausage and then built the layers for the Taco casserole, also another dish I knew was going to blow my hubby away, you could smell it in the air as I assembled the casserole. Into the oven it went with the corn dish, for a change my timing was spot on and the 2 casseroles would be done at the same time. While the casseroles were cooking I finished putting the salads together and even got my salad photo. Salad is my saving grace sometimes and Thursday was one of those times. I served the salad while the rest of dinner finished cooking so instead of 7:45 dinner was being served around 7:15. Only an hour and 15 minutes late.
  Every dish got 5 stars from all 3 of us. each dish was full of flavor and worked well with each other to make a dinner that put us in coma heaven and required loosening our belts.
The salad
The corn casserole
The Taco casserole.
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Mar. 16, 2013 6:28 am
Looks yummy!
Mar. 16, 2013 7:10 am
Wow! three five stars in a row. How lucky can you get!
Mar. 16, 2013 7:24 am
Very nice.Looking good.
Mar. 16, 2013 8:34 am
Looks yummy to me! If it were me- after stripping paint off the woodwork-I vote for eating out. You are so full of energy a quality to be admired!
Mar. 16, 2013 9:41 am
Goodeats yes yummy and the little bit of the casseroles that was left made great breakfast burritos this morning. Mauigirl I know right,I have been having some very good luck with recipes. Manella thank you. Lela it was take out Friday night good Italian from a local restaurant, tonight as I finish up the last window it is out to dinner for me.
Mar. 16, 2013 1:52 pm
I have to admire you not giving up, I think I would have called for pizza at that point! Sounds like you work well under pressure. Way to go Joey, they all look so good!
Mar. 16, 2013 3:16 pm
I saw these photos the day you posted them and thought, "Man, Joey had a good dinner!" That corn especially looked good to me.
Mar. 16, 2013 6:18 pm
Lara I totally wanted to throw in the towel I just couldn't do it. Paula try that corn it will knock your socks off so will the taco casserole with sausage.
Mar. 17, 2013 11:32 am
Late? The early bird gets the worm. But the second mouse gets the cheese.
Mar. 18, 2013 6:54 am
LOL bd.weld LOL. My spell checker is going nuts on this post. LOL
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I am married I work part time in a flower shop. have 1 grandchild and 1 son.I like to cook,sew,make soap and I love the ocean.
My favorite things to cook
I love making fried foods,it is not so healthy for you but the flavor and juciness of fried food can't be beat.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hands down has to be the Thanksgiving meal.The whole thing from the turkey to the pumpkin pie.
My cooking triumphs
Gravy! I am now the Queen of gravy but that wasn't always so.Lumpy was the least of my problems.For years I would buy the gravy in a jar,not any more I got determined and I mastered the art of gravy.
My cooking tragedies
Well I had many many gravy tragedies but I have had more baking bloopers then gravy.I can't seem to manage a cake from scratch,you can either use it as a clay brick or as saw dust on the floor,so I leave cake baking to others.
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