Long time no blog! I am still here. I haven’t been blogging because my computer crashed and I did not go out and buy a new computer for over a year. I couldn’t decide if I wanted a laptop or a desktop. I finally decided to get another laptop. I like the portability of it. Since I am back online I will be blogging more often now. I also decided to give the blog a new look and changed the format. I like the new simple look that it has.
Now that we are empty nesters my cooking has changed a lot. I no longer cook large amounts of food. I generally cook recipes that are freezable and quick. If a recipe says it serves 4 people, I will serve half and freeze the other half. This method has helped with portions and stocked my freezer for more busier nights. I have been getting into dehydrating, canning and making my own quick mixes in order to make things easier too. Below is a good quick skillet meal that we both like and is one of the recipes I go to when I have to get something on the table fast. It is freezable and can be warmed up in the microwave. I serve this with a nice big dinner salad.
- 1 package smoked sausage, sliced (I use Hillshire Farm)
- 8 ounces pasta, cooked and drained (I use elbow macaroni)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasonings (I use Tony Chachere’s)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (fresh is always best!)
Prepare pasta. Cook and drain. Saute sausage for 5 minutes. Add cream and Cajun seasoning and boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in Parmesan. Add pasta and toss.
My plans have changed for this month. I was going to clean out my freezer by cooking up all the food I had in there but after being sick for an extended length of time a lot of my “loot” in the freezer is gone. While I was sick I didn’t do any cooking and my family raided what was in the freezer. It was a good thing that it was there. Do you have extra meals frozen for backup just in case?? Now I need to concentrate on filling the freezer back up again.
This month is only partially complete as I have not been able to do much planning. As the days go by I will be updating the menu so by all means—check back! I will also be adding some recipes with pictures. I had cooked these dishes before I had gotten sick but never got the chance to upload them.
Recipe for using frozen tomatoes: Pizza Sauce
||1 Mexican Casserole, Beans
|3 Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork served over hamburger buns, beans (I like to cook the pork in the slow cooker.)
||4 Enchiladas (use meat from yesterday and some cheese rolled up in a corn tortilla then pour red enchilada sauce on top with cheese. ) leftover beans from Sunday
||5 Lemony Shrimp Scampi, salad with balsamic vinaigrette
||6 Mixed green salad with sliced apples, walnuts, blue cheese bits, some shrimp from Tuesday drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette (recipe coming soon)
||7 Pan Roasted Chicken and Salad (This is so good and easy to put together on a week night.)
||8 Fried Crappie, Corn on the cob, green beans
||9 Hamburgers, potato salad, watermelon
|10 Company Casserole, Salad with Ranch Dressing, Garlic Bread
||11 Penne with Shrimp, Feta and Spring Vegetables
||12 Submarine Sandwiches, Chips and Soft Drinks to be taken to concert in the park
||14 Tuna Fish Patties, Corn on the Cob, Beans
||15 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup
||16 Homemade Spaghetti O’s (mmm…this brings back memories!) and some good garlic bread
|17 Forgotten Chicken, Green Beans, salad
||18 Pasta with Peppers, Squash and Tomatoes, Salad
||19 Fish Vera Cruz, Salad
||20 Sauteed Chicken with Spinach
||21 Baked Ziti, Salad, Bread Sticks
||22 Leftovers or go out to eat
|24 Take out Lasagna from Johnny Carinos
||25 Bubble Up Enchiladas, corn on the cob
||26 Picnic dinner to go watch concert in the park-Fried Chicken and potato salad
||27 Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce, Salad
||28 Breakfast for Dinner
|| 29 Angel Chicken Pasta
|| 30 Firecracker Casserole, Salad, Watermelon (fireworks display is tonight)
The May 2012 Menu is located HERE.
| 1 April Fools’ Cake, Salad
|| 2 Santa Fe Chicken Packets, Salad (Can assemble ahead of time and freeze. I cook mine in the oven.)
|| 3 Taco Bake, Beans, Corn (This is a family fav)
|| 4 Cheesy Chicken Ranch Lasagna, Salad
|| 5 Baked Penne with Sausage and Creamy Ricotta, Salad, Garlic Bread
||6 Salmon, Spinach and Potatoes Baked in Parchment
Oyster Poor Boy, french fries, coleslaw (since I can’t buy this where I live, I can at least cook it!)
Breakfast: Hot Cross BunsDinner: Deviled Eggs,Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Balsamic Roasted Red Potatoes. Baked Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce, Haroset, Matzah, Glazed Dijon Carrots, Carrot Cake3/8 cup=6 T.
Turkey/Chicken Enchiladas, pinto beans, corn
Manicotti, Salad, Garlic Bread
Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry with Rice
BBQ Spare Ribs, Baked Beans, Corn
|13 Slow Cooker Jambalaya
Ginger Steak Salad
|15Chicken and Rice, Asparagus
||16Chalupas (an old family favorites) We just spread refried beans and shredded Cheddar on a corn tostada. We put it in the oven until the cheese melts and top it with lettuce and tomatoes. We sprinkle the top with white vinegar.
||17Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
||18Beef Stroganoff, Salad
||19Crockpot Arroz Con Pollo, Salad
Baked Fish in Parchment Paper, Salad
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Grilled Chicken and Sausage, Baked Potato, Corn on the Cob
Santa Fe Casserole, Mexican Beans, Salad
Italian Casserole, Salad and garlic bread
|25Quick Skillet Supper, Salad
||26Chicken Fried Steaks with gravy, beans and corn
||27North Carolina Shrimp Saute, Salad
|29Oven Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Fresh Green Beans
Enchilada Casserole, Salad
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