Slop In A Pot

How’s that for selling it? Can you tell I once worked in advertising? Admittedly, maybe not my most successful career.

Seriously, every cuisine has some version of slop in a pot. Throw a bunch of ingredients together in one pot & somehow magic happens. This is a favorite go-to dish when I want pasta, but don’t have any spaghetti sauce in the freezer, and don’t want to spend any more time in the kitchen than I have to. OK, that’s pretty much a constant.

I really had nothing for dinner the other night and needed to throw something together in a hurry, and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand to make this. It’s sort of Tex-Mex meets Italy. I don’t know how that works, but it does. Why choose Hamburger Helper when you can make Tagliarini?


OMG Pretzels

pretzels done

OMG! That’s what I say every time I eat these. Oh yeah, they’re that good. Making bready things is sometimes a crap shoot for me. Sometimes things turn out great. Sometimes not so much. I’m hardly a champion bread maker. But these babies never fail, for which I’m sooooo grateful!

The dough handles like magic. It always amazes me. The pretzels are slightly sweet and fluffy, like one of those mall pretzels we all know and love. You can make them plain with butter and a little salt (my favorite). You can have yours coated in cinnamon & sugar (my son’s favorite). Or you can have them smothered in garlic butter and Parmesan cheese (maybe that’s my favorite) Hmmm……love me some pretzels in any way, shape or form!


Hey Grandma, What’s For Lunch?


That would be some good Merrick grain and chicken free dry food, mixed with some beef that’s been slow cooked in a crock pot overnight, mixed with some human food grade dried fruits & veggies re-hydrated in a little water and beef broth, delicately warmed in the microwave and tossed at the table before serving. And that’s how we roll!

Word to the wise, if you dog’s constantly licking his paws, try eliminating chicken from his diet. Or grain. Or in our case, both. Sigh!

Here’s To Eating Out!

I haven’t had to cook for two whole days!!! That’s just the best ever. Dinner out with friends, an invite to Aunt Faye’s for dinner with the cousins…I was on a real roll there for a while!

Sadly, I had to cook last night, but we just grilled some salmon with sides of zucchini and pilaf. Nothing exciting, except pilaf is our son’s kryptonite. He swears, no matter how hard he tries, he can’t make it. He’s a really good cook, so this makes no sense. It’s pretty a much no-brainer, foolproof side dish in my book. But maybe not. So I’m posting how I make pilaf just for Jace. One more time, with feeling. If this doesn’t do it, I guess he’ll just have to come to Mom’s house for his pilaf fix.