Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tonight's Dinner

By now many of you are aware that I am not a gourmet cook. I have sat in on many cooking classes during the last few years, but I do not profess to be an expert. What I can help you with, is the quick meal plans that we are all looking for, in our busy days. Here is one that is very easy, takes short amount of time and my husband and daughter told me twice this evening, how much they enjoyed it.

This "Creamy Red Potato" recipe will definitely go in my file. This morning, before leaving for the day, I cut up the small red potatoes into chunks. Mixed the three ingredients, poured the sauce over the chunks of potatoes, turned the crock pot on low, and left for the day. When we were ready to eat dinner, the potatoes were so tender and the flavors had blended perfectly. How simple...but, how delicious!!

I am going to share a secret with you about cooking frozen peas. One of my friends who is an amazing cook, shared this with me a few years ago. I have used it over and over again, and always without fail. Take a bag of frozen peas(we like the petite ones for their tenderness). With a knife put three slices in the top of the bag. Lay bag in the microwave oven. Cook on high for five minutes. When finished, pour peas in a serving bowl, add what every you want to add. I add a small slice of butter,and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. This method produces peas that are cooked just right. Certainly, this could not be any easier.

The meat is smoked sausage and it is one of my husband's favorites, whether I make it for the dinner entree' or serve it with french toast for breakfast. I slice it into serving size pieces, and saute it in a pan with a TB of butter. Since it is already cooked and smoked, this process only takes a short amount of time. In a bowl I mix 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 t. of yellow mustard and 1 TB of water, together. Pour over the sausage and cook on low for 10 minutes longer. Dinner complete. Serve and enjoy. If you want, coleslaw is a great addition to this meal. I share this with you because of the requests that I had from some of you. Trust me, I remember having small children at home, busy schedules and limited time, and trying to figure out what to make for dinner each evening. My circumstances have changed since those days, my children are all grown up, but I still face the dinner hour with the nagging question, as to what I will prepare in 30 minutes time. Tonight's dinner is only a suggestion. Happy cooking!


Lora said...

I heard about your blog through a friend of a friend and have been reading for several months. I just had to write to tell you how inspiring it has been! You have such great ideas and although I do not take the time to comment very often, I do check it almost every day! Thanks for your helpful site!

Jen said...

Thank you for your dinner ideas! You're quick and easy meal suggestions are always a hit at our house. Thank you for being the lightbulb over my head often times a 4:30 pm when my brain is empty of dinner ideas...or brain cells for that matter!


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