A Tarte of Strawberryes

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I was excited to see the theme of this month’s Sugar High Friday – The Test of Time – Desserts Over a Century Old. You see, for most of my adult life, I have been very active in a Medieval re-creation group called the SCA, so this theme seemed right up my alley! And it being my first SHF since I began blogging, I’ve been looking forward to it all month.

Oven Fried Chicken Chimichangas

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I have a confession to make. Some nights, I’m too tired to really cook. Some nights, I just don’t want to. I’m sorry! I WANT to be that person who makes everything from scratch every single night, I do! But sometimes, I’m just not. That pesky day job (and the second job, the kid, the pets, the man, the house, sometimes pure laziness….) just really gets in the way.
 
The problem is, on those nights, I still don’t really want to get fast food or order in, either. What’s a girl to do? Well, I try to keep a few basics on hand for nights like those.

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup with Herb & Swiss Panini

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I’m the only person at my house who will eat vegetables. Can you believe that? Both my boyfriend and his son are major veggiephobes – the son more than the father, but he is still pretty bad.
 
Surprisingly, they will both eat tomato soup. Mostly as something to dunk a grilled cheese sandwich in, naturally, but still. I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. If they’ll eat it, I’ll make it!

Loads of Hope

Loads of Hope may be kind of a hokey name, but the program is a very worthwhile one, from Tide of laundry soap fame. Read here for all the details.
 
Yesterday, I saw a link about this in my feed reader from A Year of CrockPotting, asking everyone to keep the word flowing. I may not have much of an audience yet, but I sure want to do my part. Hurricane Ike came through here just a few months ago, so I could easily have been one of the people in need of these services.
 
Help support the program by getting your t-shirt here – http://tidetshirts.pgvillage.com/c-9-show-all.aspx?_vsc=tide4
 
Want to help spread the word? Please do! Just use this same link so they can track where it came from.

Pan Fried Gnocchi with Goat Cheese Sauce

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Ah, gnocchi. Have you tried it? I hadn’t until about last year sometime, when I found some at the local Sam’s Club. I’d seen lots of recipes to make it, but I rarely have time for things like making fresh pasta, so hadn’t yet had a chance to try it.
 
Even though I’d never tasted it, I bought the economy pack of over 3 pounds. I mean, after all, it’s potatoes – starchy, fluffy, filling potatoes. What’s not to like? Let’s just say that 3 pounds did not go to waste.
 
Dried gnocchi cooks very fast. It takes a lot longer for the water to come to a boil in the first place than it does for the gnocchi to cook in it. Consequently, gnocchi has become a go-to quick meal staple. Boil some gnocchi, top it with a jarred or homemade sauce, add in some grilled chicken, sausage and/or veggies and it’s a filling, yummy one pot meal.

Cinnamon Roll Pull Aparts

My mother loved cinnamon rolls. She loved all breads and I grew up hearing her rave about this bread or that, but cinnamon rolls were always the creme de la creme. Since my mom didn’t enjoy cooking, we would share giant Cinnabons at the mall, or get the canned refrigerated kind – but wherever they came from, cinnamon rolls were always a special treat.
 
I think that’s why cinnamon rolls seem to have a special place in my heart as well. That, and of course, because they are so wickedly delicious! But even though I do enjoy cooking and baking, I haven’t made a lot of cinnamon rolls. I have to think so far ahead for yeasted products that I just rarely manage it.
 
So when I saw this post at the Gastronomy Blog (aren’t the pictures mouth watering?)…. well. I was excited, to say the least. Non-yeasted cinnamon rolls? Just put them together and bake? I’m in!