Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This post only took me about four days to put together.  Perhaps it's my advancing age causing me to slow down -  or the sunny,  60-plus degree days we were treated to following the Easter holiday.  It could have been swim lessons for our twins too, or the fact we've had a few busy days at work.  It could be any one of these factors, but I'm placing the lion's share of the blame on the spilled travel mug off coffee that caused a significant detour of my plans for Monday afternoon.  No matter, several of our kitchen drawers and cabinets received an impromptu and complete cleaning and spiffing up, and this recipe (like many things that are roasted in the oven) is only enhanced by an unhurried and relaxed baking time.   May I just say, it was well worth the wait.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cornflake Cookies

A few days ago I started rearranging a few things on the bottom shelf of our pantry.  Before I knew it, the entire shelf was emptied with its contents scattered about our countertop.  After wiping down and then selectively replacing certain items and tossing out or finding new homes for others, I found myself working my way up the other four shelves and following suit.  It was somewhere between the fourth and second shelf that I came across the biggest box of (partially used) cornflakes I had ever seen.   What am I going to do with these I asked...

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crispy Chickpeas

A month or so ago we decided to check out a restaurant that had opened its doors for business just five or six weeks prior to our visit.  Their small menu features market fresh fare, seasoned and accompanied with locally grown herbs and produce.   At the top of the starters list was something that caught my eye, something I had not heard of before, and something that featured a food that is commonly found in our pantry and as such is an ingredient of which we are very fond.  Although I didn't order these on my first visit, I knew I would have try them at some point and then make a batch myself.  They are healthy and delicious, they make for an elegant yet satisfying appetizer, they are simple to put together.  They are crispy chickpeas.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo

 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!

My friend Brandi, from Aunt Bee's Recipes, describes herself as a southern wife, mom, and aunt that loves to cook and try new recipes.   She may be all that, but I'd like to also add that she is just about one of the sweetest ladies in the blogsphere that I have come across, with a contagious energy and feel about her that just makes you want to see what she's got cooking.   One look at this post and any of the others on her site and it quickly becomes apparent that energy and talent carry over to the kitchen.  Before we continue with this feature of Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo from her, I thought it would be fun to ask Brandi a few questions.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Honey Maid™ Lemon Pie

I've never been much of a social activist, indeed I've led a relatively boring existence and have for the most part done my best to live my life and be a good person, a good parent, and a good spouse.  In general, I think these aspirations could be described as wholesome and for the most part, ordinary.  To be honest, I never gave any of it much thought until last week when a YouTube video put out by the Nabisco company caught my attention.