Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Best Tuna Casserole & Apple Pie

For this weeks meal for our friends and ourselves, we chose tuna casserole using a recipe I found on the web from Trish at her  Mom on Timeout blog.  Titled The Best Tuna Casserole, it had five stars and sounded very good to me.  The recipe below is doubled for the two casseroles and I added mushrooms but you can click on the link for the original recipe and more pics like this one.


Monday, April 6, 2020

Crispy Cheddar Chicken

When I saw Kevin’s recipe for this dish on his Closet Cooking blog, I immediately bought some Cheese-its and made sure I had the other ingredients as we headed into hunker down mode.  After working thru some other planned meals, the day finally came to make this dish which we sided with a nice salad.  The only changes I made to the recipes were to scale it up for the amount of chicken I had.  Click on the link for the original recipe and lots of pics like this one of Kevin's dish.


Saturday, April 4, 2020

South Africa Potijekos

With my hip surgery and now Covid-19, my around the world meals have been way on the back burner but I finally had all of the ingredients to make one from Africa.  So far, I’ve done Paprik√°sCsirke - Chicken Paprikash – Paprika Chicken from Europe, Ceviche Peruano from South America, GreekLentil Soup (Fakes Soupa) from Europe, and Murgh Makhana - Butter Chicken from Asia.

This South African meal is called Chicken Potijekos, where potijekos means small pot food and it is generally prepared outdoors in a pot of the same name over an open fire or coals as below but I just cooked mine in a large cast iron Dutch oven on the stove.  


After deciding on this dish, I went on line in search of a recipe and liked the one from Yuppie Chef and I adapted a little in the directions.  Please click on the link to visit their site for more photos.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Hunkering Down Update & Graham County NC

As the Yoshino Cherry blossoms fade, the Kwanzan's are in full bloom and Romeo loves to help me mow.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Vegetable Soup For A Dreary Day

Every now and then, Bev needs a vegetable soup fix and with the many cool, rainy days we’ve been having, she decided the day had arrived.  We had a full compliment of veggies on hand plus several packages of various beef cuts that needed to be used from the freezer.

She pressure cooked the meat to get it tender enough to remove from the bones then shredded and diced it for the soup.  Along with the meat, broth, and veggies, our basic recipe includes canned tomatoes, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and S&P.



Saturday, March 28, 2020

Reuben Casserole

A cloudy day, but spring still brought us a new set of pretty views as the apple tree was blooming and the cherry trees popped out in one day.


After one meal of breakfast hash and one Reuben sandwich from our St. Patrick's Day corned beef, I had not yet had my fill of corned beef so when Mary recently posted the recipe forBaked Reuben Casserole on her Deep South Dish blog, we made a trip to the store that day for deli corned beef and Swiss cheese.  Since I wanted a larger casserole, I increased everything by 50% as shown below and used the remoulade sauce we had on hand rather than making 1000 Island dressing.  Click on the link to go to Mary’s site for the original recipe and many how-to photos.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

We Are Now Hunkered Down

A little sunrise out of Cindy's BR window - pretty nice view to awake to.


Up to now, we have been going about life as almost normal but being very careful about where we went, keeping social distance, and keeping our hands sanitized, but now that we have confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our immediate area, we have gone into full hibernation here at Almost Heaven South as of Mar 24 with no more non-emergency trips out of here.