OK, Here we go, it’s catch-up time

The last two weeks have been rather uneventful, and that has been nice. We’ve had plenty to do, but my stickies have stayed stuck right where I put them. That almost never happens, and that’s why I came up with The Sticky Menu Plan in the first place. As crazy as life gets sometimes, I always have menu options, just by rearranging the stickies.
Here’s what’s been coming out of my kitchen.
One of my grocery stores offers a private label semi-boneless ham. I don’t know how they do it. Where is the rest of the bone? How ever that happens, we love those little hams! Michael likes the fact that these hams are much easier to carve, and I appreciate the fact that there is very little waste. I can use up all the ham in a reasonable period of time. When you are cooking for two it’s hard to use up a large ham, and as much as I love my freezers, I don’t think plain ham freezes well. Even Bella and Lizzie enjoy their ham and sweet potato Dog Treats that come from the very last of the scraps.
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After our usual Baked Ham dinner, Michael’s first request is Savory Scalloped Potatoes and Ham. I’ve worked really hard to pare this recipe down to feed two, but it still makes 4 servings, so count on leftovers.
Lately, Tuesday evenings have been spent at Kelton’s baseball games. Leftover ham makes great sandwiches when pared with my Creamy Pimento Cheese. I think these sandwiches are a bit fresher tasting than the old stand by ham and cheese sandwiches. A new Ham and Noodle Casserole also found it’s was to our dinner plates.
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The very last tidbits of ham went into Hash Brown Breakfast Cups.
Of course, nobody wants to eat nothing but ham all week, and we certainly didn’t. Michael loves pizza in just about any form. I think home made Veggie Pizzas are just a little healthier, and I cheat by using purchased pizza dough. As much as Michael loves pizza, I love my seafood. Friday night we had Bay Scallops in Garlic Cream Sauce over linguine with a side of oven roasted veggies.
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All in all, it was a very satisfying and economical week. I even saved the bone for a future pot of soup or beans when the weather gets a little colder.
After all the ham was taken care of I still had the last of our garden tomatoes to deal with. Even though September in Alabama is very warm, ok, hot, I wanted to try to concoct some version of Tortellini Soup for Meatless Monday. The resulting recipe was very light, not really a winter soup at all.
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Tuesday was Mexican Sour Cream Chicken and Rice. I thought it turned out well. It was very moist but not runny. Michael thought it had too much cilantro for his taste, but he had a couple of servings anyway.
We took advantage of the nice weather and our relaxed schedule this week to do some grilling; Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers one night and Grilled Ahi Tuna Steaks another.
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Fall Saturdays are football days around here, so I’ll have to come up with more “football food”. Last week’s Alabama football game was a real nail biter, but they won. This week will hopefully bring another win. Be thankful for what life gives you. ROLL TIDE!


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