Getting a new dishwasher? Keep the flatware basket from your old model. It will come in handy when you have a large party or you need to clean out the flatware drawer in your kitchen.
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Monday, November 13, 2017
On Instagram I recently I saw a post by the fabulous food blogger Emily @recipestonourish for her Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole. It sounded fabulous and I couldn't wait to make it. It is probably one of the few casseroles I've seen that does not use "Cream of Whatever" soup as a base. We have a pantry full of fat free cream of chicken soup but I was lacking one of the main ingredients needed to make this recipe. Emily uses yogurt and whole milk cottage cheese to make her casserole creamy. We always have plain yogurt in the fridge to use as a replacement for sour cream. However, you will never find cottage cheese at my house. I loathe the stuff and jokingly refer to it as curdled cow barf. Yuck.
What I did have in my fridge was ricotta cheese left over from making lasagna. Winner! See Emily's original recipe at her blog Recipes to Nourish.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Thankfully, one thing we did not change is that we still have our hens. We are down to four; Sprite the Americauna, two naked necks we acquired when the were getting picked on in a friend's backyard flock, and we still have Mabel the black Minorca who I believe is eight years old now. She was in our very first batch of hens. And she is still laying 4-5 eggs a week. Gotta love it!
So that's my update. It's been a long three years going from unable to do most anything to getting back into the kitchen again and frankly, back into life again. Hopefully soon I'll be posting more about my cooking and canning adventures and who knows what else. Blessings to all who never stopped visiting my blog. :) Our Mabel
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I'm trying out a new recipe this year. It was quite tasty before it hit the jars so it should be pretty good in recipes. I found it here along with some good basic canning tips and a recipe for pie crust made without shortening (butter only).
Before I head of to work, I must tell you all about the. . .
Best. Canning. Tool. Ever.
Okay, so maybe I do like my jar lifter just as much for safety purposes, but this little beauty comes in a close second. I can't remember if I saw the Progressive International Canning Scoop on a blog or if it was an Amazon* suggestion but I am so glad I bought it. All the reviews for this were excellent. The shape is perfect for ladling fruit into your jars, but it's pointed enough at the end to be able to get out every last drop of liquid. It has a generous size bowl and a hook so you can hang it on the edge of your pot. It won't stain or rust. I love it! I used it to can apple pie filling yesterday and it made much less of a mess than my old ladle. Making jam will be so much easier with this in my canning arsenal.
*And yes, I am an Amazon Associate so if you go to Amazon thru a link on my blog to make your purchase, I do get a tiny fee. That doesn't raise your price at all, but it helps me with the occasional Amazon gift certificate. And I thank you for that!