Mother Connie has been plagued with technological issues. Hence, no photos…(SAD FACE) But at least everyone at our house is warm and well! (HAPPY FACE)
Plan A was to post pictures of the luscious food that was photographed specifically for the blog. HOWEVER, Plan B had to be executed because those perfectly gorgeous photos canNOT be accessed. (SAD, TEARY FACE)
SIDEBAR: In my next life I’ll be an IT whiz. END SIDEBAR
During these cold weather months we have concentrated on oven meals, one pot dishes and hearty soups. *They all made lovely portraits which I suppose we’ll never lay our eyes on. They all tasted wonderful and the left overs were morphed into different and tasty offerings. That is part of the joy of cooking at home. Not only do you save money and know precisely how the food is prepared, you get to revel in re-imagined leftovers!
The Normanator begs for chili soup oftener than I care to ‘build’ it. Yesterday, on a shopping trip, we found a package of reasonably priced ground chuck so I snatched it up. For dinner I browned and seasoned the meat with salt, pepper, a rather stingy amount of chili powder and I added onions. This made for great filling for tacos. YUM We oohed and aahed between taco bites at dinner!
This morning, as snow fell and obscured our view of the street, I used the meat left from tacos to make a chili soup. I added chili flakes, fresh green pepper, and home canned tomatoes. As I looked for beans I was stunned to discover I only had garbanzo beans! Not suitable, imho, for chili soup! I spied the jar of lentils. I pulled out of the freezer a bag of barley and tossed a handful into a skillet to toast and I put the toasted barley and some lentils into the soup mix. I added some onions. I spooned in a scant teaspoon of sugar to diminish the tomato’s sting. It began to bubble and smell like chili. I tasted it and swooned. I can hardly wait for lunch time!
No doubt many of you have made similar substitutions. That’s what you do when you have what you have. Especially if your pockets are empty and/or it you are in the midst of a blizzard!
Those of you who depend on public assistance for your food dollars know precisely what I mean here. If you use WIC or SNAP or food commodities or get your eats from a food pantry you have no doubt made plenty of substitutes. You are to be applauded for your creativity.
After being offline for what feels like forever it was a joy to see that we have so many NEW Members to this club! Thank you all for joining and we welcome the newcomers with open arms. We hope you’ll have good, solid help from this little part of the internet. You are welcome to contribute, too. Send any messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. WE LOVE MAIL because we love our Members!
There will be a Cooking Class at SENCA in Tecumseh, Nebraska on February 24, 2015. There is no cost for the class but we need to know how many will be able to attend. Please call 402 335 2134 to reserve your spot. The class will focus on One Pot Meals and we will be talking about seasonings.
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