Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I Still Like to Cook!

We're in "Semi-Exile" because of the Virus.
Semi because I still go to the store weekly
Semi because I do drop by the post office drop box weekly
And that's it
And has been since mid March

It's different for me, this once a week shopping trip.
None of this "oh, that sounds good but I need this and that to make it"
And off I'd go to the store for this and that and that's what we'd have for dinner.
I live five minutes from a grocery store
And don't really need to keep a big supply of extras
because the grocery store is only five minutes away!
And I've been operating like that ever since I retired
Because I had the time!

But now is not a time to run out willy nilly!
You need to limit your trips and I have.
Making one big grocery order every week
And keeping an extra bag of flour, sack of sugar, baking powder
in the larder.

This plan has worked well and I'll probably continue with the once a week shopping
when the "all clear" is lifted and we can go back to our old life.

I've always said that we don't eat out much.
And we don't -- not the plan to go out, sit at a table and order eating out.
But what I didn't realize is how many sandwiches I picked up for lunch
because "I was out" or how many dinners I got to go after a meeting
"because I didn't want to cook at 7:30 and didn't want to eat at 5".

Except for grocery shopping day, we absolutely do not eat out and ghat one "to go" meal is a real treat for us!

I've been fixing more comfort food.    Nothing exotic but simple food.
And I must say that we've been eating well!

Corned Beef and Cabbage plus potatoes and carrots
(we also had an Irish soda bread and an apple cake for dessert)

A plain cheeseburger but with homemade fries.
Potatoes are cheap and homemade fries are exceptional
(This is one of Husband Jim's favorites)

Ham and Beans and cornbread
(The ham was in the freezer, the beans were almost impossible to find, but find them we did)
When I ate this meal at Grandma's (sans ham) she also served fried potatoes!

BBQ ribs, baked beans and coleslaw

Cornmeal fried local bass, fried potatoes and Jalapeño Spinach

Not dinner but breakfast
biscuits and gravy!
(it was a cold rainy morning and this was a great way to start)

We love fried tacos but they're messy and time consuming
But I have the time both to prepare and clean up the mess.
Boy, are they ever good!

Sunday Dinner
fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and coleslaw
Can't get any more traditional than this!

Chicken and noodles
(noodles homemade)
Chicken from the back of the whole chicken I bought to fry!
So it's a pennies dish!

Pavlova with strawberries
Made because I had 3 egg whites leftover from the noodles and I didn't want to throw them out!


Darla H said...

Oh, it all looks so delicious! Who wouldn't want to be quarantining at your house?
It's good to see you blogging!

Denise said...

What a delicious combination of color, texture and taste. Beautifully plated as well! Thanks for sharing.

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