Monday, November 13, 2017

I Heart Casseroles!

Yep, I confess - I love a good casserole! Nothing beats a casserole for a fast, easy, one dish meal that usually freezes well and most of the time tastes better on the second day.

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

Long Time, No Blog

Three years ago I was hit with some health challenges and to make a long story short, I now use a wheelchair to get around. As a result I am no longer able to do the gardening that I loved so much and my hubby is far too busy to take it over on such a large scale. The compromise is a very small vegetable garden in the front of the house, just off the walkway so that I can handle the daily watering and harvesting. We have red bell peppers and tomatoes, lavender to attract bees and a rosemary so that I can bake Monti's Roman Bread when I get the urge. HuzBen also keeps potted herbs like parsley on the back patio. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss my sprawling gardens of fresh organic veggies, but things aren't so bad. I've learned to shop organic and I am canning a preserving much more than before.

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