As a cook, I find my happy place while preparing homestyle, comfort food. Soups from scratch, sauces that simmer all day, and homemade Salisbury Steak with real gravy just about make me swoon. You won’t find much fancy flair in my humble kitchen. You won’t have to question which piece of cutlery you should use while dining in my home. You won’t be left looking at your meal and asking, “What is that, and how do I go about eating it?” I find comfort in the simplicity of food.
Last week I shared my favorite recipe for Banana Bread. It was a delicious loaf studded with chunks of banana and dark chocolate.
After seeing the recipe on my Facebook page, a friend of mine sent a little message in reply to my post: “We need dairy free recipes.” It was a simple call for help that I was more than happy to respond to. So, I took my basic recipe for banana bread and made a few switch-a-roos.
I’m not sure that I have ever met a teenager who didn’t like pizza. My teens are no exception. While not a regular item on our meal menu, we do indulge in pizza occasionally. As a mom, I must admit that I do have a problem calling pizza a meal. There’s little to balance out the carbohydrate load, and any vegetables or meat that is added is minimal in amount or processed beyond recognition.
So today I decided to tackle this issue head on with my Sloppy Joe Pizza.
My garden is growing well. It’s not all pretty or terribly organized or free of weeds, but it is growing. Lacinato kale, basil, and green beans have been reliable producers (and have been oh so delicious this year). I have an out-of-control spaghetti squash plant that has affixed itself to my air conditioning unit. There are the beginnings of several watermelon (which seem really late to me). And, finally, my tomato plants. Well, they are out of control. The tomato bed looks like an untamed jungle. There are plenty of green tomatoes waiting to ripen and once they do (likely all at the same time), I will be inundated with these delicious gems.
I don’t own many fancy kitchen gadgets or appliances. I love my Vitamix and Kitchenaid Mixer and use one or both daily. But then there’s my slow cooker; it rarely gets any love. I’m not sure why. On occasion I will allow a corned beef brisket the time slowly cook all day or whip up a beef stew for the crock pot. Otherwise, the slow cooker sits in my closet, way back on a shelf, out of sight and out of mind.
This week I dusted off my crock pot lid (literally, there was dust on it) and decided to make a recipe that we all love: lasagna.