Monday, September 26, 2011

Meals, meals, meals.

Our "rugged" backyard :)

And a happy garden!

I prepare a lot of them. Therefore I plan. Here's this week's menu plan:

M - Breakfast for Dinner. Hash browns, eggs (maybe a scramble with leftover turkey chili I have in my freezer) and put some cheese on top, served with tortillas.

T - Red potatoes au gratin with turkey kielbasa and a spinach salad.

W - church potluck - Lots of JUICE! Easy peasy.

Th - Tomato and basil pizza. (We've got bunches of fresh basil in our garden and I make dough in the bread machine.)

F - Rice and beans and tortillas.

Here is my potatoes au gratin recipe that I made up one day that my family devoured:

1. Thinly slice red potatoes - halve them and then slice away. Throw them in a casserole dish.

2. On the stove make the cheese sauce. I do this by eye and have no measurements so this is all approximate. About a few T of butter, melt into a cup of some milk. As the milk warms I throw in maybe a half cup of flour. Whisk! It will get bubbly. That's when I add the cheese. You've gotta be quick! Keep whisking. I probably added a cup of sharp cheddar and a cup of parmesan (shredded.) You can use whatever you like and if you want more, I don't see how it could hurt it.

3. Meanwhile, back to the potatoes, throw in some minced garlic and finely chopped onion, kosher salt, and paprika, and mix it all up. Now pour your cheese sauce over it and mix it up distribute it evenly. Send a kid to your garden for some fresh rosemary sprigs. Throw those into the dish. Cover and bake at 425 for ohidunno, 40 minutes? Take the cover off bake them for a bit longer to get all brown on top, and make sure they are done. Eat them up!

This week I will throw in some kielbasa - which makes for a nice, filling meal in one dish. And then I'll go for a few laps around my block. No. I won't. But I should. :p


Blogger Xenia Kathryn said...

You potato recipe looks so good. And you can't go wrong with kielbasa... MMM!

What an impressive garden! Nice job. Gorgeous backyard, too!

Keep on cookin'... :)

11:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love Brinner! I should do that sometime!

Thanks for the potato recipe!

7:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Love Brinner! I should do that sometime!

Thanks for the potato recipe!

8:00 PM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

Hi lady! I am thinking of blogging again....I've been off FB for a while and miss the "connection"...also needing a hobby :)

How are you??

4:16 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

Mrs. Bluecanopy! Miss you too! We might just see you in a couple weeks...Hoping to anyway. :)

12:18 PM  

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