This was an old post but it was fun for me to read and has a couple of good recipes so I am bringing it back for Throwback Thursday.
As a side note: Jeanette is now expecting #2 and Margy has taken over the meals so I am once again put on the “don’t know how to cook” list. That’s okay by me. hehe
I’m not a fancy cook. I usually stick to pretty simple fare. Not only for the cost factor but also for health reasons. But I do like to try new things and if they turn out well and the family likes them a lot, I will pass them on to you.
I also have something to prove. You see, my 17yr. old daughter made the main meal every day for a year and a half. And in the zeal of youth, she would make some pretty amazing dishes. She also was astonishing at her stictuitiveness. Even if she was going somewhere that evening she would still prep the meal and have it all ready. And I didn’t have to bug her about it.
Maybe it is my imagination, but it seems as if the kids see me close to the stove, their eyebrows raise, as if to say….”Mom, don’t even try, we know you don’t know how to cook.”
Short memories or what????
Then “someone” came along and snatched Jeanette from right off my apron strings and I am left holding the bag.
I’ve had to really adjust to being the meal-maker again. So to keep my focus, I have been doing a menu and I get some of my meals out of my old Taste of Home books. And I’ve hit upon some pretty good ones. I am redeeming myself slowly.
Hopefully not for long though. I am waiting for Rosie or Margy to take over. 🙂
The following lasagna recipe was a bit finicky. I thought it just used spaghetti sauce and I was trying it for a Friday meal. But the sauce was made of milk,etc. so it took a bit more time but it was well worth the effort. So, if you have a little extra time, or many hands to chop veggies, try this one out. It’s good! Really good!
Four-Cheese Spinach Lasagna Recipe
- Prep: 50 min. Bake: 50 min. + standing
- Yield: 12 Servings
- 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
- 1-1/2 cups julienned carrots
- 1 cup sliced green onions
- 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
- 12 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
- In a large skillet, saute vegetables and garlic in oil until crisp-tender. Remove from the heat; set aside.
- In a small heavy saucepan, whisk flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat; stir in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Cook 1 minute longer or until cheese is melted. Remove from the heat; stir in spinach. Set 1 cup aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, mozzarella and Swiss cheese. Spread 1/2 cup of spinach mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with four noodles, half of the cheese mixture, vegetables and 3/4 cup spinach mixture. Repeat layers. Top with remaining noodles, reserved spinach mixture and remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Cover and bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 15 minutes longer or until bubbly. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 12 servings
- Here is another recipe that I have made just recently and the kids ranted about. ” You’re going to put this one on your blog, aren’t you Mom?” I thought that was good enough reviews to put it up here.
Mother’s Ham Casserole
- 2 cups cubed peeled potatoes
- 1 large carrot, sliced
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped onion
- 7 Tablespoons butter, divided
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
- In a saucepan, bring the potatoes, carrot, celery and water to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
- In a large skillet, saute the ham, green pepper and onion in 3 tablespoons butter until tender. Add to the potato mixture. Transfer to a greased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish.
- In a large saucepan, melt the remaining butter; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add the milk, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add cheese and stir until melted.
- Pour over the ham mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 4-6 servings
The ham one looks very yummy to me today……hmmmm, we shall see. 🙂
Here is a fairly simple recipe casserole. And if no one has any dietary restrictions or allergies in the family, IT IS REALLY YUMMY! 🙂 And baby was craving a comfort food anyway, so enjoy! 🙂
This looks good, Mary. Thank you!!
It’s wonderful that your daughters not only know how to cook, but actually enjoy doing it (and take pride in it).
Its not bragging when I say that I’m pretty sure I’m a better cook than nearly all of the Millennial women I know. That is a combination of some skill on my part, and a lack of skill on theirs (and sadly, I’m being generous here). Many of the women I know have no idea how to cook. Even worse, more than a few take pride in their inability (and some brag about how their boyfriends are great cooks and do all of it for them). I personally enjoy cooking, but it takes a lot of time, and I rarely have all that much with everything else on my plate (pun intended). So it would be nice to find a helpmate who can take up the mantle when I cannot. But like so many things these days, that’s probably not in the cards.
All of which is to say good job on your part, Leane, in encouraging and supporting your daughters in this manner. I’m sure their husbands and children appreciate it. Hopefully your children will encourage their own likewise as they get older.
Wonderful that your culinary arts are not dormant, donalgraeme!! It is sad and true that in this day of advancement, the qualities of womanhood…. one being able to cook…. have been “put on the back burner”. (pun intended)
There is no reason that getting a woman who knows how to cook is “not in the cards.” With prayer, and rubbing shoulders with the right people, these kind of women will begin to show themselves….Don’t give up! There’s a lot of good women out there!
As far as encouraging our own children, we have always pushed the girls to begin young to earn their M.R.S. Degree, knowing that whatever their vocation would be, these things are the very basics of womanhood.
My husband’s family used to tell me, “A good mother works herself out of a job”……teach your kids right and they will be taking over….to the point where they forget who taught them in the first place and think you are incapable….haha