When I was a little girl my mother used to tell Dad and me when we cleaned our plates that “The cook should get a kiss.” Being a demonstrative sort, I like that tradition. Here is something that just may get the cook a kiss if you follow our tradition. We have the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service to thank for this yummy dish:
POTATO CHEESE BAKE
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cups mashed potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Mix all ingredients; pour into baking pan
- Bake 50 minutes or until knife blade inserted into center comes out clean.
- Serve at once. Yield: 6 servings
This is a great example of the benefits of ‘cooking once and eating twice’ for if you have leftover mashed potatoes you’ll save time and effort when you make this for your family. OF COURSE, you could mash the taters to make up this recipe but if you use leftovers you’ll save time and forgo waste!
Occasionally it’s all right to splurge and pick up a rotisserie chicken at the deli. But if you do that, be sure to save the carcass to make broth. Place that carcass, skin and all, into a pot and add water. You can also jazz it up with some poultry seasoning, a dash of garlic powder and onion. Allow this to simmer so any meat scraps leave the bones and the broth becomes richer. Strain it into a bowl so you don’t have to fiddle with the pieces and use that delicious broth in your cooking. You can save that rich, savory, golden liquid in a covered jar or refrigerator container and use it for soups, gravies, noodle dishes and all manner of great money-saving dishes!
You might be the cook who gets a kiss for all your trouble! grin
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