Frito Chicken Casserole – just by the title you should be able to guess that it is from one of my vintage cookbooks, right?
This is an easy, recipe that is a great way to use up leftovers because you start with cooked chicken. You can also run by the deli on the way home and get a rotisserie chicken if you are rushed and don’t have the leftovers. Continue reading
For some unknown reason my children like… actually like… convenience foods. My son, Chris, used to tell me that when he grew up he was going to eat nothing but Wonderbread and NEVER eat my icky homemade bread again.
Can I just say now that he is 27, in Japan, and in the Air Force he eats my icky homemade bread every chance he gets. And, just to give hope to all of your frustrated moms out there – he cooks for himself and creates very healthy meals from fresh produce, lean proteins, and the occasional bag of Sour Patch Kids.
Take courage. Continue reading
A few days ago Marc and I spent the afternoon together and ended the day at a small Italian restaurant that we hadn’t tried before. The decor was simple but it smelled amazing inside. When I was asked if I would like some wine with dinner I gave them my challenge question.
“I don’t know what you have – do you have a ripe, fruity red?”
Now, if a waiter can come back with a glass of wine that I like from that description I am a happy, happy camper and the restaurant gains points. Lo and behold he came back with a lovely, fruity red – round, ripe berry, plum and cherry notes that were nicely balanced with a little tang at the end. I relaxed at that point – being pretty sure that they couldn’t mess too much up if they could get the wine right.
We decided to do a family style dinner which meant that we could order 2 appetizers, 2 entrees, and 2 desserts. It gave us a chance to taste a variety of dishes and really, the flavors were pretty delicious.
One of Marc’s favorites is fried Mozzarella. I knew that would be one of the appetizers! I was waiting to see what they served… would it be homemade or would it be straight from the freezer bag?
Sigh. You know what I am going to say, don’t you? Continue reading
Meatloaf is one of those foods that people either love or hate. It can be wonderful – moist, tender, flavorful… or it can be dry, tasteless and boring. it depends more on the cook than the ingredients, really. Meatloaf is a pretty standard formula of meat, vegetables, liquid, spices, and binder. If over baked it will be dry, it is as simple as that.
My mom did not make meatloaf very much but back then, in the final days of classic diners, I discovered the dish on a car trip and i instantly fell in love. Continue reading
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