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My daughter Abby, 16, made lasagna for the first time last Tuesday. It was on her list of want to learn how to cook dishes. She learned the hard way, too. Well, the hard way now, but it will make it easier for her later on. I told her what to do and she did it. We didn’t follow a recipe. She made the sauce, learning to taste it to get the seasoning right. She learned how to mix up the cheese and egg mixture, then assemble it. We didn’t use enough cheese mixture. Which would be my fault, not hers. Her lasagna came out great anyway. And the family has requested that she make it again.
I said she learned the hard way, but I think it is a better way. I believe that if you learn how to cook without a recipe, you will always to able to make something to eat. If times get hard, and you only can follow a recipe, what do you do when you can’t get all the ingredients? If you can learn to cook without a recipe, you will always be able to whip up something to eat with what you have on hand. I think that is an important skill that seems to have gotten lost these days.
We had venison, onions, potatoes, and carrots in the Slow Cooker for dinner on Friday night. I added about a teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon Beef Base and about 2 cups of water to the meat and vegetables. It was so good!
We are going to my mother’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, so no major preps happening here. 🙂 She asked us to bring mashed potatoes and a pie. So we are going to make 10 pounds of mashed potatoes, an amount that fits in my large slow cooker. My daughter Hannah, 18, is making a cherry pie. I’m going to make a Carrot Souffle, and mini cheeseballs.
I first made this Carrot Souffle a few years ago. It is so good! Don’t let the word souffle scare you away! It is easy to make, and it bakes in a 13×9 pan.
We bought 4 turkeys on sale the other day, and I will be baking one on Saturday. My husband won’t let me get away without having lots of mini Thanksgiving meals in the days follow the big day. lol But I am postponing the cooking till Saturday. Or maybe Sunday. 🙂
In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu
Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?
Saturday – Sabbath- Make ahead meals- Fish fillets, tater tots, homemade tarter sauce, salad
Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Homemade tomato soup, homemade potato soup, homemade bread
Monday – chicken – Chicken and rice in the slow cooker, broccoli
Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Turkey pepperoni pizza on homemade garlic crust
Wednesday – beef – Cheeseburger subs on homemade sub rolls, oven baked sweet potato fries
Thursday – chicken – Thanksgiving Dinner – mashed potatoes, carrot souffle, cherry pie, mini cheeseballs
Friday – beef – Venison, potatoes and carrots in the slow cooker
For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday
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