Category Archives: Fun with Food
Sleet and freezing rain turning to snow in weather news today. Perfect day for ham and beans. I keep tweaking the recipe for these, adding tomato paste today along with the mole sauce. Main ingredients are pinto beans, cured ham, onions, chicken broth, various chili powders, a mole from New Mexico chilies and garlic. The cornbread is a standard recipe of half corn meal, half flour, an egg, butter, milk, salt, and green and red peppers. I tossed in a handful of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, just for fun.
We picked up these wide noodles at the Amish store the other day, Mrs J saw them and insisted we bring home a bag. I pulled a bag of pork from the freezer and thawed it in a pot while cooking the carrots, celery, and onions down with chicken broth to get them caught up. Those were stirred into the pork along with frozen corn and peas while the noodles boiled. It all folded together into a tasty mix that seemed right for a bowl. I ate mine with a fork, it being not quite a soup.
This was fun. We browsed through a local Amish run store the other day, I wanted to go there in particular because they have decent blue cheese for a good price. I bought a pound of cheese and was walking the few aisles looking over their stock of spices and pastas when a bag of pancake mix caught my eye. We opened it today and mixed up a batch. Pretty good stuff.
The apple topping was pretty easy, I softened a diced apple in butter and added a little water then started adding sugars and spice. This one has Splenda, light brown sugar, maple sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, a few cloves and a pinch of nutmeg. I let it simmer a while then thickened it with corn starch while the griddle heated up. I’m kicking myself for using water because we have cider in the fridge. Grr…
We have been deciding on a Thanksgiving dinner menu and have it set, mostly. Nothing here will be a part of the dinner save for a cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce. The dressing was a trial run, I think it will work out. It has homemade cornbread and was good but I think I may go half and half with white bread next time because the cornbread was a tad crumbly. On the plate tonight are braised chicken thighs, the dressing, mushroom gravy, corn, cranberries from a can, and ciabatta rolls with garlic butter.
The big day will see a table groaning under a roasted turkey, dressing, garlic mashed white potatoes, pecan praline sweet potato casserole, huge fresh baked dinner rolls, a tub of gravy, scratch made cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and Mrs J’s Famous Pumpkin Pie.