Come Join Me In My 1950’s Kitchen

There are those times in ones life when you crave food from your childhood memories. You know what I mean, those dishes you ate when you were a child that you can now as an adult still smell deep in the recesses of your memory banks. Actually, you can also remember more than just the welcoming smells coming from your families kitchen.. You can relive days long gone with what I’m about to cook.. Enjoy

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It’s What’s For Dinner ~ December 3rd 2016

The American and Canadian Thanksgiving holidays have come and gone. Who still has leftover turkey lurking their fridges? Not, I …. Our Thanksgiving here in Canada is celebrated in October, so leftover turkey is merely a fond memory… At least until Christmas Dinner when we can rejoice once again with the bounty of our harvests and feeling so stuffed ourselves that we want to just toss out the dinner dishes into the garbage can, instead of wobbling up to the kitchen sink to wash them all.. And, believe me there’s always a ton of dishes to be washed after a Christmas meal.

One year when I wasn’t feeling up to cooking a large meal for the holidays, I cooked up a few simple pork chops dressed up to the nines with the added flavor of pineapple. Since, I’ve begun a challenge of sorts over on YouTube with a group of gardeners who are buying pineapples in the grocery store, ripping off the tops and attempting to grow them over a period of 18- 24 months. Well, I over a months time (Back in September) bought 5 pineapples and plopped them into some potting soil and hoped for the best. Thinking that out of the five tops, one might just survive and grow for me. Well, to make a very long story short all five of the tops are growing beautifully and now I’m faced with where are they going to go when they out grow the stand I have them on. But, that dilemma is for another time .. On with “What’s For Dinner !”

Glazed Pork with Pineapple

This is a simple dish with very few ingredients. No need to really measure anything for this as it’s purely to taste… But, don’t forget the grated fresh ginger…

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Gluten – Free Pancakes

The other day I found a box of gluten free Bisquick pancake mix in the grocery store. I was excited to give these a try so our family unit could all eat pancakes together again. My trial with taking my son off of all gluten in his diet for reasons of his eczema worsening since this spring.

I was happy with the mixture when whipping up the batter and the appearance of the pancake cooking on the griddle.

august-29th-2016-009I must tell you he said they tasted really good, but not like the ones with flour that he’s grown up with. But, this gluten free product opens up a door that was closed to him. Over the past two months his eczema has improved quite a bit. During this heat wave we’re experiencing would have been agony for him as the heat tends to make the eczema worsen to the point of driving a person mad.

But, with the gluten taken out of his diet all together ~ This equals success for him and his condition is now manageable. I’ve made the bread in the oven and in my brand new bread machine that my daughter and son bought for my birthday ~ It’s Red.. Love it…

The homemade gluten free bread made in the bread machine is so much easier and the finish product is much like the regular bread. I slice it once it’s cooled off and wrap each slice in wax paper. I then place them into a freezer bag and put into the freezer. This gluten free bread tends to do better if it’s frozen first.

I bring out one package in the morning to thaw inside of the wax paper and it’s ready for the next meal. We’ve also found that the store bought gluten free buns taste better if you also freeze them and thaw one at a time.. The consistency after freezing and thawing is closer to flour bread.

I’ll post my combination of gluten free ingredients for the bread machine version in another post, but until then happy eating to all those out there who are gluten free ….

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Until next time

~Laura~

What’s all the fuss about ~ Fingerling Potatoes

I am beginning to love my attempts at growing my own potatoes from the sprouting spuds in the bag bought from the store. When I harvested my first container of spuds this year, along the roots were tiny spuds, actually they are called Fingerling Potatoes.

If you’re in the grocery store looking in the potato section and notice this little bag pictured below and read the name, Fingerling potatoes these are merely the same potatoes that will if you’re lucky grow huge such as baking potato size.

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I had around a half dozen of the tiny spuds called fingerling potatoes after my first harvest. I don’t know why this realization never happened before. I noticed that the small bag of fingerling potatoes in my grocery store cost 3 or 4 times the cost of a 10 pound bag of regular spuds.

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These fingerlings potatoes are finding themselves on dinner plates at fancy restaurants and I’m sure they come to you at a dear cost to your wallet. Same as buying these small bags of fingerling potatoes in your own grocery stores.

On the other side of this silly issue I’m having with fingerling potatoes, I suppose little kids who may not want to eat potatoes ~ They might have a fascination for the tiny spuds on their tiny dinner plates using their tiny hands to hold these small spuds.  I try to see both sides of many things that catch my eye, but why on earth would they charge you so much more for so much less of the simple tasty potato?

Just pondering over here…. So, if you garden and want to grow your own potatoes please do so, because it’s a lot of fun and you’ll wind up with  a handful of those pricey fingerling potatoes in the mix…

What did I do with my home grown fingerling potatoes from container #1? You might be wondering…

I peeled, sliced, boiled them. Drained them in my handy dandy tiny colander, below…

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Isn’t that just the cutest colander you’ve ever seen. Now, I know I didn’t need yet another colander for straining things, but if you think about it it’s just right for strawberries, blueberries, and now my newly grown Fingerling Potatoes. Just small enough and not too big.. This reminds me of the childhood story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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I don’t know why this reminded me of that childhood favorite story of mine, except for thinking about the stack of colanders I have in my kitchen or talking with you about children and their tiny hands, but on with what I made with the itty bitty potatoes…

I browned them in olive oil, adding chopped white onions. Letting them brown a little. Then walked out on the patio deck and cut a few Green onions and chives from my homemade garden trug. Broke a few eggs into the pan and cooked these all together, calling my daughter in for a nice brunch served with hot creamy buttered toast and a huge slice of tomato on the side. Yum.. Is all that I can say.. except for get growing next season and add potatoes to your garden…

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Until next time…

~Laura~