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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tasty Eats - Visiting My Childhood Home

In this edition of Tasty Eats, I am going to share what we ate during the week during a visit with my mom in my childhood home.  I have not seen my mom or any of my family in Wisconsin since the pandemic hit. I grew up in northeastern Wisconsin, but I currently live in Lincoln, Nebraska. Both of my  daughters live in Kansas. I have only seen them once since the pandemic. It was me along with my son, my older daughter and her three kids. We made the 10 hour drive and stayed in my childhood home.

The first night my daughter made chicken and dumpling soup in the crock pot.  This turned out really flavorful. I did not get any pictures of our meals for the next three nights. My daughter made tacos. She made up some black beans and rice, which is something I haven't included in my tacos before, but it was tasty. My son made up some burgers one night and I made lasagna the next night after that.

We had bought bagels, Pop Tarts, and cereal for breakfast most of the week. We had also brought up store bought scones and Nutri-grain bars. However, I did cook up some apple pancakes and bacon for breakfast one morning. I had found this recipe in my mom's more-vintage-than-mine Better Homes and Gardens cook book.  The pancakes turned out really good. We had to get creative on the topping because we did not have syrup. We had to use Nutella, peanut butter, and/or whipped cream.

I did make up some sweets. I had made brownies (from a box) and these banana bars. 
This next dish has been a staple growing up for as long as I can remember. Unfortunately, it is not a favorite of mine. Hot Beef. It is not that hard to make. I has a chuck roast, an envelope of onion soup mix, a can of gravy, a can of beef broth, and about a teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet. Let this cook all day in a crock pot, we added a mixture of flour and water at the last few minutes to thicken it up. Also the roast should be ready to shred. We traditionally served it in buns, but we also made mashed potatoes. 

I had my hot beef on top of the potatoes.

I also added cheese curds. It was o.k. But if you like beef roast, you will like this dish.

For the last night visiting with my mom, my daughter had made chicken fingers with the chicken left over from the chicken and dumpling soup. I had brought a bag of Sun Chips with me in hoping it would get used. It got used for the coating of the chicken fingers. 

I took a lot of photos of my grandkids and cloud shots for Skywatch Friday, but I did not take a lot photos of the food we ate. I guess it was better to spend time with my family and not focus too much on the food. My mom has quite a bit of left overs in her freezer to last a while.  It was nice to visit and we had a good time. I am not sure when I will get a chance to visit again.

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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Mosaic Food

I guess this is an edition of Tasty Eats, except this first dish was not tasty at all. I tried a vintage recipe out of Workbaskets magazine. It looked promising but I did not like it.

The sandwich was tasty though.

I did a post on the noodles:

I also did a post on the pumpkin nice cream:

I made cinnamon applesauce muffins mainly to use up my remaining apple sauce I had.
I took a picture of some mushrooms during a past walk. Could not tell you if it safe to eat.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Comfort Noodle Dishes

Today I am sharing some comforting noodle dishes.  The first one is an easy Sour Cream Noodle bake. I was initially drawn to this because it layers like lasagna. There is a meat and tomato layer and a cottage cheese, sour cream, and noodle layer. It is really tasty. It kind of tastes like beef stroganoff. Maybe next time I will incorporate mushrooms. 

This one is mac and cheese. This recipe uses a different kind of noodle. I was concerned that the recipe that I used calls for 2 cans of evaporated milk.  As you can see it initially looks like a soup. I did end up baking it in the oven. It did set up more once it baked in the oven. 

Speaking of mac and cheese. I don't think I ever go around about the Cheeto Mac and Cheese I bought at the store. It was out on sale and I thought it was cool to try it. It does taste like Cheetos in mac and cheese form.  However, I would stick to just getting The Kraft mac and cheese in the blue box. This was just a novelty and you don't get as much as you would get in the original blue box.


Friday, September 10, 2021

Road Trip Tasty Eats

 I did a post about our road trip to the Meskwaki Casino on my other blog.  So I thought I would do a tasty eats edition on this road trip.

We started out having breakfast at IHOP (International House of Pancakes) My husband and I both had French Toast. I did not take a photo and got this one on the web, I assume the photo belongs to IHOP.

When we got to the casino had lunch at restaurant at the casino. We got a Hawaiian pizza and cheese sticks. Hawaiian pizza traditionally has Canadian bacon and pineapple. This one also included ham and bacon. It was delicious. Unfortunately my husband and I could not finish the pizza and we did not save the left overs. 

Even though the casino has a hotel, we stayed at a different hotel.  Next to the hotel we were staying at was a Mexican restaurant. I had spinach cheese quesadilla and churros. Not sure what my husband had for dinner. He had fried ice cream for dessert.

 Like most hotels, ours had free breakfast. They had a machine that made pancakes. We have never seen one before. It make two pancakes at a time. 

Before heading home, we stopped at the casino gift shop to redeem the points we earned. I got some caramel corn with chocolate drizzle.

Finally for lunch we stopped at a Country Kitchen. I got an Avocado Jack Wrap and Pickle Fries. Sorry I did not take a photo.
Overall, I ate way too much food on this trip.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Fish Stick Tacos

 We have been getting Real Simple magazines in the mail and the September 2021 edition has a fish stick taco recipe in it. I knew I wanted to make it. It is easy to make too. These tacos have a cabbage slaw that is made up of cabbage, sauerkraut, apple cider vinegar and salt. We added cheese to our tacos. I added mayo to mine. The recipe suggests Greek yogurt or sour cream. 

I did find the recipe online, you can find it here:

 Fish Stick Tacos Recipe | Real Simple

Friday, September 03, 2021

Apple Pancakes

I wanted to make this pancake recipe after seeing it in a cook book I forgot I had. I had the apple sauce and it was easy to make.

To my surprise, my husband likes this recipe.

 To make this recipe is used:

1 egg (the original recipe said to use an egg white.)
1 cup of pancake mix
1 cup of applesauce
water or apple juice if needed to make the batter thinner
a little cinnamon (optional)

Combine all the ingredients, Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto a hot greased griddle. cook until the pancake is puffed up and dry around the edges. Turn and cook until it is golden brown. It makes about 6 pancakes.

I might try to make this recipe from scratch.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Veggie Stuffed Peppers

These veggie stuffed peppers are based on a stuffed artichoke recipe found in a vegetarian cookbook I forgot I had. We had moved recently and I had a tote of cook books tucked away in our old place. 

To make this I used:
4 green peppers
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic
1 small pack of chopped mushrooms (recipe calls for 1/2 cup, I used way more)
1 medium grated carrot
3 tablespoons of diced sun dried tomatoes
leaves from a spring of thyme
4 tablespoons of water
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of bread crumbs

Cut off the tops of the green peppers and put on a baking sheet or small pan
For the filling, sauté the chopped onion and garlic for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms, carrot, tomatoes thyme and water. Cook for another 5 minutes, then add the bread crumbs.

Spoon the filling into the peppers (I had some filling left over, probably because I used more mushrooms than the recipe called for). Drizzle some olive oil on top. I also added some fried onions on top.

Cook for 350 degrees for 25- 30 minutes. 

I was initially concerned that the filling was going to be too dry, but it wasn't. I liked it.

Because we are not vegetarians, I had served this will some sausage sliced and fried in a pan.

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