Monday, January 17, 2011


This morning was spent in the kitchen knowing that tomorrow is going to be hectic with a memorial service, kids back in school, the middle school science fair projects due, and both girls' skating lessons. A batch of bulk sausage browned for a breakfast casserole. Another batch browned with Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, and Black Pepper for a quick pasta sauce tomorrow. Finally, a pound of ground beef browned with green and red bell peppers, dried onion, oregano, and garlic. The breakfast sausage was sprinkled over slices of buttered bread in a foil baking pan. The hamburger was divided into a batch to mix with the Italian seasoned sausage and another tossed into the open mouth of the crock pot. The breakfast casserole was sprinkled with cheese, black pepper, and a creamy egg mixture was poured over the top before the pan was covered with first a sheet of foil and then a plastic lid that featured quickly scrawled baking instructions in black Sharpie. The breakfast casserole occupied a shelf in the fridge until time to deliver it to friends later, and it was back to the sausage and beef mixture with the Italian seasonings which were also to be sealed away in the fridge until needed. Finally, the crock pot received the makings of tortilla soup to go with the remaining seasoned beef. A sprinkle of chili powder and cumin finished off the soup for our lunch. Whew.

Erin wandered down into the kitchen shortly after the multi-meal prep fest was cleaned up. She had her homework assignment in hand, and pointed to the reading assignment for the week. Eh? Really... She needs a family recipe that she can write down. Then she is to follow the recipe to actually make the dish. A parent is to sign off on this specifying whether Erin made the dish from the recipe on her own or with help. Well, of course. So we made dessert.