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May I Offer You Some Plastic Peas? December 29, 2009

Filed under: Cooking,holidays,kids — Kelly Jo @ 2:00 pm
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Now that my oldest is two, and old enough to be aware of who Santa is and what he does, I realized this year that Christmas really is for the kids.  In years past I have always put together my list and waited anxiously to see what Santa (Mom and Dad) would bring me.  Except the year I looked in Mom and Dad’s closet and knew everything I was getting.  Best. Christmas. Ever.

This year was different though.  As my husband and I were putting together the kitchen that Grandpa and Grandma Santa had gotten Zoey, I realized that I was more excited to see Zoey’s reaction to her new kitchen than I was to see my own gifts.  Does this mean parenthood has made me less selfish? That can’t be right.  Anyway…

The kitchen was the biggest hit of Christmas.  Bigger than Uncle Tyler’s smoker, Uncle Brett’s iPod, or Mommy’s new Keurig (which, obviously, was a close second).  It was such a big hit, in fact, that she didn’t want to continue opening presents, she was too busy playing with her new kitchen.  She finally finished opening her presents around three that afternoon.  And I opened most of them for her.

It’s really cool when your two-year old has her own kitchen.  And I’m not at all jealous that her kitchen is nicer than mine.  Really.  In her kitchen with (plastic) stainless steel appliances, Zoey has cooked for us many fine dishes, such as (plastic) roast chicken, (plastic) corn on the cob, (plastic) pink carrots, and (rubber) fried eggs.  She has also tempted our taste buds with some imaginary culinary treats, such as microwave popcorn from an empty cardboard box, coconut milk from a can that can’t be opened, and apple juice from a sealed carton which Zoey insists you drink from a teacup with a spoon.

Occasionally she lets us cook with her.  “Mommy, do want to cook?”  “Daddy, do want to cook?”  (This isn’t a typo, she doesn’t say the word “you”.)  But mostly she is busy working by herself.  She spends so much time in her kitchen that I am tempted to give her real ingredients and see what she comes up with.  If I hated myself even a little and hadn’t had the carpets shampooed just last month, I might actually do it.

In the meantime I am enjoying watching her face light up as she serves me her latest concoction.  Little smokies with oregano and cinnamon?  Yes, please!

I am also considering re-wrapping the unnoticed presents.  Maybe her birthday won’t cost too much next year.

 

Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays December 27, 2009

Filed under: Cooking — Kelly Jo @ 2:59 pm
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Being a mom is a lot of work.  There is cleaning to be done, meals to prepare, appointments to be kept, all while having your every move scrutinized by little people who are learning all about life from you.  Throw an eight-hour workday on top of that, and you have the recipe for stress.

Well, take a much-needed break mommy.  I am here to help you!  As it so happens, I am a mom who works outside the home too.  You know what else?  I am a mom who loves to cook!  I know how hard it can be to come home on a Monday and cook dinner for your family, knowing there are still four exhausting days left.  Are you an at home mom?  This is for you too.  I know it must be difficult, alone all day with the kiddos and no one to give you a break.  Nap time should be for resting, not for cooking.

I am excited to present you my first weekly blog,  Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays.  It is here to help you prepare a quick and easy Monday night dinner that your family is sure to love!  Why post on Sunday?  By posting on Sunday you have time to get your groceries, and, in many cases, prepare the dish ahead so that all you have to do on Monday evening is turn on the oven and toss it in.

*Note- I am a big believer in being a carnivore, if you are a vegetarian you will probably have to tweak the recipes to make them work for you.

So what is for dinner tomorrow?

Quiche

This is a great recipe that will help you use up the leftover Christmas ham.  Didn’t have ham?  Go by the deli and have them cut you a couple thick slices of ham.

You will need:

1 frozen prepared pie crust

4 eggs

1-1/2 C milk or half and half

Chopped onion  (I chop an entire onion and freeze the unused portion)

1 C diced ham

A handful or two of frozen broccoli

A handful or two of shredded cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Here is the hard part:

Mix everything but the milk and eggs in a bowl.  And not the pie crust either (duh).  You can mix these the night before and let them hang out in the fridge until cooking time.  Or be like me and make double so you can freeze half.

Mix the milk and eggs in a separate bowl, add to other ingredients and mix well.  Pour into pie crust.

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees, until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let sit ten minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

 

Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays December 20, 2009

Filed under: Cooking — Kelly Jo @ 1:15 pm

Being a mom is a lot of work.  There is cleaning to be done, meals to prepare, appointments to be kept, all while having your every move scrutinized by little people who are learning all about life from you.  Throw an eight-hour workday on top of that, and you have the recipe for stress.

Well, take a much-needed break mommy.  I am here to help you!  As it so happens, I am a mom who works outside the home too.  You know what else?  I am a mom who loves to cook!  I know how hard it can be to come home on a Monday and cook dinner for your family, knowing there are still four exhausting days left.  Are you an at home mom?  This is for you too.  I know it must be difficult, alone all day with the kiddos and no one to give you a break.  Nap time should be for resting, not for cooking.

I am excited to present you my first weekly blog,  Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays.  It is here to help you prepare a quick and easy Monday night dinner that your family is sure to love!  Why post on Sunday?  By posting on Sunday you have time to get your groceries, and, in many cases, prepare the dish ahead so that all you have to do on Monday evening is turn on the oven and toss it in.

*Note- I am a big believer in being a carnivore, if you are a vegetarian you will probably have to tweak the recipes to make them work for you.

So what is for dinner tomorrow?

Macaroni and Cheese

(Put that blue box away ladies- we’re doing the real thing here!)

Here is what you need:

1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup

1/2 soup can milk

Salt and pepper

2 cups uncooked pasta (I like to use whole wheat large elbow macaroni, you can use shell, corkscrew or whatever else you have in the pantry)

shredded cheese ( you determine the amount)

2 tsp melted butter

1 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs (just buy them- making them yourself TOTALLY defeats the purpose of this post!)

Cook noodles according to package directions

While noodles are cooking, mix soup, milk, salt and pepper (to taste) in a 1 qt casserole; add cooked noodles and mix well; add a small (or large, if you prefer) handful of shredded cheese, and mix again

Bake uncovered, 400 degrees, 15 minutes

Just before the macaroni comes out, mix the bread crumbs with the melted butter.  Top the macaroni with more cheese (if desired) and bread crumbs.  Bake 5 minutes more.

Steam up some frozen veggies, and dinner is served!  And I promise your kids will love it!  What kid ever said no to mac and cheese?

Variation: This dish is GREAT with some cooked chicken or ham chopped up and mixed in.  For extra ease toss in some canned chicken breast (like the kind you get at Costco) or slice up some lunch meat.  Want some extra zest? Put a little tobasco on it or even in it, if your kids can take the heat.  Yummy!

Do you have a dish you’re trying to perfect, or something in your pantry you want to get rid of?  Leave a comment telling me what it is, and I will see what we can cook up in a future post!

 

Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays December 13, 2009

Filed under: Cooking — Kelly Jo @ 2:50 pm
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Being a mom is a lot of work.  There is cleaning to be done, meals to prepare, appointments to be kept, all while having your every move scrutinized by little people who are learning all about life from you.  Throw an eight-hour workday on top of that, and you have the recipe for stress.

Well, take a much-needed break mommy.  I am here to help you!  As it so happens, I am a mom who works outside the home too.  You know what else?  I am a mom who loves to cook!  I know how hard it can be to come home on a Monday and cook dinner for your family, knowing there are still four exhausting days left.  Are you an at home mom?  This is for you too.  I know it must be difficult, alone all day with the kiddos and no one to give you a break.  Nap time should be for resting, not for cooking.

I am excited to present you my first weekly blog,  Cooking Through a Case of the Mondays.  It is here to help you prepare a quick and easy Monday night dinner that your family is sure to love!  Why post on Sunday?  By posting on Sunday you have time to get your groceries, and, in many cases, prepare the dish ahead so that all you have to do on Monday evening is turn on the oven and toss it in.

*Note- I am a big believer in being a carnivore, if you are a vegetarian you will probably have to tweak the recipes to make them work for you.

So what is for dinner tomorrow?

Taco Casserole (May be prepared ahead of time)

Shopping list:

1-1.5 lbs ground beef or ground turkey

1 can of tomato soup ( I recommend low sodium)

1 packet of taco seasoning

1 bag of frozen veggies (I like a southwest blend with corn, beans and peppers), may substitute canned veggies if desired

Shredded cheese (I always keep a bag of pre-shredded cheese in my fridge)

Fritos or tortilla chips (optional)

Salsa and sour cream (optional)

Brown beef, mix in soup and seasoning, mix in frozen veggies.  Put in 2 qt casserole dish.  Refrigerate until cook time.

Place casserole uncovered in 350 degree oven until warm (about 20-30 minutes). After it is warm, top with shredded cheese and place it back in the oven until cheese is just melted (2-3 minutes).

If desired, top with crushed chips, sour cream and/or salsa just before serving.  Throw some bagged salad on the side, and dinner is served.  Enjoy!