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Time goes on and things change

For a number of reasons, this is our first post in over two years. At first is was just being incredibly busy with kids and sports and trying to keep this whole operation afloat. It then became complacency and ultimately landed on neglect.
There is quite a bit of work that goes into creating a post and having it online for our readers to see. First you cook everything and plate it, the get it into the correct light and take a bunch of pictures. Next, you eat the meal that you just made because usually we weren’t cooking things just for the site — it was tonight’s dinner. Then came the photo editing and writing the article. At first it was fun, then it was work and the work paid maybe a few dollars per month. I’m not complaining, we never intended to get rich off the site, but life and other priorities took over.
So, why now? Like a lot of you we very suddenly and without much choice in the matter have a lot of free time on our hands. With the direction we are going a lot of the experience that we picked up along the way seems like it is going to come in handy. We never really gave up 100% on making things from scratch, we just didn’t take the time to document it. Since we are no longer beholden to a sports schedule or any schedule for that matter, at least one of my excuses is gone. If nothing else cooking and blogging about it will occupy some of my time and be therapeutic during these difficult times.

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Weekly menu – 12/17/17

Sunday – Mac and cheese with broccoli
Monday – Chicken carboara with salad
Tuesday – Garbage bread with salad
Wednesday – Buffalo chicken sandwiches with roasted potatoes and veggies.
Thursday – Three bean chili served with rice, cheese and sour cream
Friday – Korean beef bowls
Saturday – Spicy Thai fried rice

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How did I end up making such a wonderful homemade strawberry tart?  Let’s start with a little backstory. Last year we planted some strawberry plants in our garden.  I think we got about 3 strawberries before the birds discovered them and despite the elaborate fence-like contraption that I built to cover the strawberries, we did not get many for us to eat.  This year, after some research, we picked up some inexpensive bird netting and saw much better results.  The birds were able to pick at a few berries along the edges, but the vast majority of our berries were safe.  From the birds, at least.

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homemade avocado fries

Over the last few years, we have managed to ruin trips to almost any restaurant by coming home and using their food as inspiration to make it better (and cheaper) at home.  What we are left with is an ever shrinking list of places to go out to eat.  Recently, we went out for sliders and tried fried avocado slices as an appetizer.  Everyone was blown away.  The next logical step was to try it ourselves at home.  We ended up with these baked avocado fries.  They taste just as good (hubby says they taste better) and should be healthier because they are baked, not fried.

baked avocado fries

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Chicken meatball noodle soup

I messed up.  I am usually the first to admit it when I make a mistake and tonight’s meal is the result of my goof up Monday night.  When I made ground chicken pot stickers I didn’t notice the package of ground chicken sitting in the fridge and used our mini chopper to grind up thin cut chicken breast instead. How am I supposed to make the chicken noodle soup that my little one had specifically requested for a meal this week?  Improvise, that’s how.  I kind of winged it and ended up with chicken meatball noodle soup.  I have to admit that it turned out pretty well.

Chicken meatball noodle soup

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We have been on a pretty good Asian food kick for the past week or so, for example, last Friday was sweet and sour chicken!  Tonight we had ground chicken pot stickers with a tasty spicy chili/soy dipping sauce.  I thought my better half had left me a recipe to make dinner when I got home, but I could not find it.  I decided to try to wing it.  I know that she had bought green onions for the meal, so I started by chopping up two of those.   minced ginger and of course garlic would need to find there way in there as well as some mirin, sesame oil and soy sauce.  Things might have gotten a little out of hand with the soy sauce so I put in some honey to balance that out.  added in my ground chicken and gave it a good mix and started forming the ground chicken pot stickers.

ground chicken pot stickers

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Weekly menu – 1/29/17

Sunday-  Chicken Samosa Egg Rolls
Monday – Chicken Pot Stickers
Tuesday – Bang Bang Chicken
Wednesday – Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday – Korean Beef Bowls
Friday Dolores’ Brokenhearted Chicken

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Weekly menu – 1/22/17

Sunday: Cajun chicken pasta with broccoli
Monday: Pot roast with root vegetables
Tuesday: Coconut curry chicken stew
Wednesday: Sweet and sour chicken with rice and broccoli
Thursday: Macaroni and cheese
Friday: Crockpot chicken tacos

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Winters in Upstate NY have a tendency to be cold.  So far this year we have not had much in the way of extreme cold or snowy weather, but it still get me in the winter eating frame of mind.  When its cold like this, I am looking for comfort foods combat the cold and an Italian Wedding soup recipe always does the trick. 

Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

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Weekly menu – 1/15/17

Sunday: Chicken Fried Rice
Monday: Italian Wedding Soup
Tuesday: Chicken Crock Pot Tacos
Wednesday: Tuscan Garlic Chicken with Fettuccini
Thursday: Beef Stew
Friday: Black Truffle Pursiettes

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