Monday, September 22, 2014


I have a super week of cooking on the agenda.  I have a meeting tomorrow and made a classic, old fashioned pound cake to bring.  I have some blackberries in the freezer.  Before I leave the house, I'll toss them with a bit of sugar and a squeeze of lemon.  By lunch time, they should be semi thawed and perfect to top the sweet cake.

Tonight, I tried a recipe that was in the current Southern Living. Something called an Apple Dutch Baby.  The batter was bland, as there was no sugar or salt in the batter.  I think, next time, I'll add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of dark brown sugar to the batter and see if that makes a better dessert.  The recipe called for sweetened sour cream to top it .  .  . once I fix the recipe, I think some lightly sweet, cinnamon whipped cream will be nice.

Because I had two baking goals tonight, I threw together a super easy dinner for the Phenom and "Other Husband."  I made a baked pasta.  I pulled a quart of meat sauce (tomatoes, sausage, beef, etc) from the freezer.  Then sauteed zucchini and mushrooms with some olive oil and garlic and a small can of fire roasted tomatoes.  I tossed it all together with some fresh motz.  Then, topped it with grated motz, parm, and cheddar cheeses (about a 5:1 of motz to the other cheeses.)  Because I am incapable of making small amounts of food, I had enough to fill my largest casserole dish PLUS a smaller dish.  I have a friend whose husband died this summer.  I will send the smaller pasta to her for a couple of nights of eating with out having to think too much.

Later this week, I'm preparing 3 dozen espresso brownies and 3 dozen blondies to give to a fundraiser I'll be attending Saturday.  And, then, Saturday night I'll have the Phenom go fetch me supper because I suspect I'll be crumpled up on the couch for the evening.

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