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Reuben Mac and Cheese - Creamy Mac and Cheese meets a Reuben and has the most delicious baby ever!
One of the things that I love so much about food is that certain dishes can evoke memories that we might not otherwise think about.
The smell of fresh baked bread takes me right back to my Grandmother's kitchen. I am probably 8 years old, and it is Christmas time. I can vividly remember the brown and orange tile (woohooo 70's), the oven mitts that hung from a hook on the wall, and those big ol’ bar stools that I was so determined to climb alone. It is like I am right there and I could reach out and touch my Grandma's apron!
Tater Tot Cheeseburger Cups - Change up your burger game with these fun, kid friendly, cheeseburger cups.
Happy Thursday y'all! I am in such a good mood Why you ask?
Well, I am smack in the middle of G-baby days. We have our granddaughter on Wednesdays and Fridays, and look forward to it every week. She is 20 months old now, and quite the big girl. She uses her please and thank yous, she loves to help clean up, and reallllly loves to be in the kitchen with Nana. Which of course tickles me pink because it is giving me opportunities to start working on more kid friendly recipes like these Tater Tot Cheeseburger Cups.
She loved helping me put the tater tots in the muffin tin, she loved helping smoosh them into the cup shape, and she really loved chowing down on them when they were done!
Oh my dear foodie friends, today has been seriously cray! I have felt like I am trying to get 5 things done at once. Ohhhhh the fun of living with an ADD brain *sigh*
It started yesterday, I spent about 3 hours working on the computer
I love my job, don't get me wrong, but I love the cooking and writing, not the whole business end of the dealio. I would love it if someone could just swoop right in and handle it all for me so I could just do what I love.
Anywho, I did that bit of work, then sat down to work on some recipes.
I flipped through a few cookbooks, and cruised Pinterest to get my brain solidly on food.
Back to writing, feeling inspired, I got a bit of a recipe down, then my brain started wandering like a toddler in a Chucky Cheese, and it just became impossible to wrangle it in.
So I gave in and turned my brain off by binge watching the OA on Netflix, all while telling myself that I will get up early today and get right to work.
I didn't sleep well thanks to having to sleep with a fan on polar vortex lately. Ahhh the joys of getting older
I tried to get passed just my inbox and gave up.
Then I decided to do what I love and hit the kitchen on a mission to create a delicious breakfast that would make us all happy that I got my butt out of bed.
This might take a bit of time from start to end, but the majority of that time is in the oven, and it is soooooo worth it!
We ALL loved this!
You get everything you could want in one bite. Now, I will admit that the Mr was a tad bit upset that there was no meat in this. So if you have a meat lover that MUST have it, feel free to add some chopped up cooked bacon, sausage, or ham.
Also, don't feel that you have to follow this recipe 100% If you have asparagus, or mushrooms, or maybe you like a bit of heat and have a jalapeno hanging around. Add what you have, and make it your own.
No spinach, but you have kale?
Go for it!
Also, if you don't have 6 to 8 people to feed, no worries. This refrigerates, or even freezes well. You can portion it out, and then people can just grab it, heat it up, and be on their way.
I love being able to make people happy for more than one meal with one session of cooking
So I got something done today.
The rest of the day might just be spent on Netflix again.
Any suggestions on what to watch?
Farmer's Market Breakfast Skillet
Grab those delicious farmer's market finds and turn them into this delicious breakfast skillet.
3 tablespoons of olive oil (can use butter or bacon fat)
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (I used an orange one)
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups shredded potatoes/hash browns (I used a 20-ounce bag of shredded potatoes from Simply Potatoes)
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, separated
4 cups baby spinach, chopped
Fresh cracked black pepper
1 roma tomato, diced
3 green onions, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. saute the onion, bell pepper, and garlic, until onions are translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the cooked onion mixture to a plate and return the skillet to the heat, adding an additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the shredded potatoes to the skillet. Flatten hash browns to form "crust". Sprinkle with salt and cook for 5 minutes without disturbing. Flip the potatoes, and cook for another 5 minutes.
In mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1/2 cup cheese, salt & pepper. Toss in the chopped spinach. Pour egg mixture on top of vegetable and hash brown layers. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 of shredded cheese on top.
Lately I have been doing a lot, and I mean a LOT of binge watching. I have worked my way through House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, The Walking Dead (for the 4th time), Vikings, and every episode (and that is 11 seasons gang) of Criminal Minds. I am even watching all of the True Blood episodes again.
Please tell me that you do this too? Or am I just that crazy TV lady? I swear I have a life, really I do! But, with Kevin working nights this past week, my hot dates usually consist of the dogs, my comfy PJs, wine, and Netflix. Although this soup has been on the top of that list lately!