We were in Minnesota the first week of August
welcoming our new granddaughter
I came armed with recipes
And was very impressed with the Minneapolis grocery stores
(stores I dream about!)
And my "job" (besides playing with "first" grand Lucy)
was preparing meals --
not just for Daughter Sarah, her Andy and their Lucy
but also for Andy's parents who were up for the new grand as well.
And with a new baby and a 2 year old, eating out really wasn't much of an option!
I fixed some old favorites and some new recipes
Kid friendly meals for the most part!
INA GARTEN'S PARMESAN CHICKEN
INA GARTEN'S BOW TIE AND BROCCOLI
Eggs, a bit of cream, and grated cheese put into a cast iron skillet and baked until done. (A plain frittata because grand girl Lucy doesn't like "things" in her eggs!)
From Betty Crocker (which is fitting because Daughter works for Betty)
(smoked turkey, cheese, lettuce, garden fresh tomato and Wickles pickles; a choice of breads and a choice of mustards and mayonnaise.
BEST EVER MACARONI SALAD
From the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond
I'm not a fan of macaroni salads having too many bad ones
But this is so good -- I've made it like 5 times this summer!
And it's the perfect accompaniment to deli sandwiches!
SAUSAGE AND LINGUINE CASSEROLE
Served with a big green salad, crusty bread and celebratory wine!
Toasting both to our newest grand girl and our first grand girl's second birthday and our son-in-law's birthday.
CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE AND VANILLA ICE CREAM
From the bakery -- we didn't make a cake!
YO YO'S DOUGHNUTS
(A visit to Minneapolis isn't complete without a trip to YoYo's --
the worlds best doughnuts . . . the maple bacon ones are
to die for!)
INA GARTEN'S ROAST CHICKEN
Mine is fennel less because I forgot to buy some!
GRILLED VEGETABLES WITH CHIVES
Son-in-law Andy grilled an assortment of fresh vegetables. Olive oil, salt and pepper and a good sprinkling of chives!
A recipe I found years ago in a cookbook. I've not seen the recipe on-line but it's a great way to eat fresh garden corn full of garlic and cream.
BLUEBERRY CREAM PIE
Because son-in-law Andy loves anything blueberry
Our favorite breakfast place, The Original Pancake House
Our favorite meal, their Apple Pancake
Big enough for two!
We were able to slip away alone for our favorite breakfast out!
Our last dinner, a Mexican casserole
We replaced half of the corn with black beans
and feel that it much improved the dish
We went all out on toppings --
Guacamole, fresh salsa, jarred salsa, cheeses, sour cream, tomatoes
and really good tortilla chips
We had ice cream for dessert --
there are three ice cream shops in their little town -- and a visit to one of them is a must every visit!
It was a great visit
It was a good food visit!
We left plenty of leftovers for the upcoming week so Daughter Sarah
(or Andy) doesn't need to cook much
And we took the bones and meat from the chickens and made soup
Some for the fridge and some for the freezer
It's Friday and I'm sharing my Minnesota food with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday