Thursday, September 14, 2017

Neighbors & Squash Casserole

We have the best neighbors.

Glen brought us a sack of late summer garden gifts that became our whole supper.....

           with the addition of a pot of pinto beans.

The squash became a casserole, a recipe I usually only make for Thanksgiving Day.

There was just enough okra for fried okra for two.

Although we even finished off this large pan of okra earlier in the season from RH's brother Bill's garden. What can I say? We love okra! And I chop a green tomato in it if I have one.

Which reminds me, I've always fried okra in a black iron skillet until this summer when I read never to do that. What heresy was this? But I tried using my All-Clad pans for it and it does keep a prettier color.

Glen's cherry tomatoes became a small salad for us, combined with jalapeno and herbs from my kitchen porch garden, and a scallion.

And there we had the kind of supper that RH and I both love.

Thank you, neighbor!

"The impersonal hand of government can never
replace the helping hand of a neighbor."
Hubert H. Humphrey

I've heard and seen so many stories of neighbors helping neighbors after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck. This may be the saving grace during the coming difficult weeks for those who try to rebuild their houses and their lives. I think Hubert would approve.

Just in case, and to save it for the family cookbook a son and daughter-in-law requested from me several years ago and that I might actually pull together some day, here is my recipe for Squash Casserole.

1 1/2 pounds yellow squash, washed, ends cut off and sliced. Cook in salted water, 
          drain and mash.

1 onion, chopped and sauteed in butter till soft.

Mix onion into 1 can of cream of chicken soup and 1 can cream of celery soup.
     [I know, no one admits to cooking with Campbell soups anymore.]

Add 1 tiny jar of pimento and stir into squash.

Stir in grated cheddar cheese, however much you want.

Add 1 cup of sour cream.

Stir in 1/2 small package Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing.

Pour into casserole dish and top with remainder of the Pepperidge stuffing.

Top with pats of butter and sprinkle with paprika.

Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or more.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Patsy Cline

You gave us so many beautiful songs in such a short time.

In only 30 years your memorable voice
gave us classics such as

I Fall to Pieces


Walkin' After Midnight

She's Got You

and my personal favorite, Sweet Dreams of You.

I often indulge in the "what ifs" about you, Patsy.

What if you had driven home on March 5, 1963
instead of flying?

What if the pilot had heeded bad weather warnings?

What if........

Today I will listen to you sing and then I will drive
a few miles and slowly pass by your home.

And maybe fall asleep tonight with your
Sweet Dreams playing in my mind.

Happy Birthday, Patsy,
we miss you!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"I Like Breakfast"

"Mornings I like best...

Breakfast is altogether the best meal of the day.

I like breakfast!"

David Grayson in
Countryman's Year

You won't catch me arguing with Mr. Grayson.

I like breakfast best too,
and it doesn't always have to mean eggs or oatmeal.

If I have some leftover chicken or beef in the fridge,
or a little pork tenderloin,
breakfast is a cinch.

Sliced potatoes and onions go in the pan first,
slivers of meat go next and breakfast is ready
with some salsa, fruit and toast.


and Hers.

That's how we like to start our mornings.