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What’s Cooking March 2022

So it seems March came in like a lamb and maybe we’ll have a late month blizzard if you believe the whole lamb/lion saying.


Still lots of cooking, still not remembering to take pictures every meal. I’m consistent.

Finally went grocery shopping and went wild and purchased hamburger buns! And had burgers and salad for dinner. Husband had a cheddar burger, I stayed wild and added guacamole to mine. Highly recommend buying the bulk package of guacamole at Costco and freezing it. Thaw one individual container as you need it. Especially if you live with a guacamole hater.


New recipe Dan Dan noodles, very good. I bought several packages of ramen noodles to get enough. The flavor doesn’t matter since the seasoning is not used.

I made cinnamon rolls but did not keep them for home. Once covid started I was not working at all and not going out much. One loss was visits with my bank people. I went to the bank in person at least weekly. And visited. But with no income, no checks to deposit, and the bank had only drive up service, I didn't see my friends.


Husband went to the bank this week, he said they missed me so I decided to visit. No check to deposit but I took cinnamon rolls for their morning break. And visited for a bit.


After the bank, since I was out, I decided to try The Dutch. Husband was not with me so I took home a frittata for him and a French Toast flavor doughnut. I had fries for the car, they were excellent! As was the French Toast doughnut. I'll go back.


Farfalle with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream is a recipe I've made several times, but it's easy and good and sometimes that's what you need. Not overly photogenic, but delicious.

The menu shifted a bit since I decided to have leftovers Friday. Husband had Dan Dan noodles, I had pasta. Was not feeling Mongolian Beef for Saturday so went with Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers and mashed potatoes.


I know this freezes well since I've made them and saved them. Also one of my customers had celiac and this was a favorite gluten free dish. Her kids loved them too. Gluten free for all with no separate meals.


I had an extra sheet of puff pastry in the fridge from making the breakfast tarts. It was getting to the point that I had to use it or toss it so of course I used it.


No recipe for this, I looked at several to get ideas. I rolled the dough to a rectangle and scored the edges. I baked it for about 8 minutes at 425. I mixed about 1 cup of ricotta with one egg, salt, pepper and the zest of a lemon. Once the dough was par baked, I spread this mix in the middle.


I also had a few asparagus left that had to be used, so I split them lengthwise, tossed them in a little olive oil and lemon salt and added them to the top. Baked for maybe 18 minutes? I just kept looking until it was brown. So good and no wasting. Topped with over easy eggs.

A very quiet work week. No one registered for the bridal event on the weekend so no work for me Sunday. Women's group was Thursday and it was wonderful. Worship was Tuesday but we're back to zoom on that.


Keeping up with yoga, meditation, reading and knitting. I may have to clean some this next week. And plant some things.


Look at the pansies! Still so much not right in the world. One friend just lost her husband. Another friend just fell off a bike and broke a wrist on one arm and several bones on the other. Big hard things and smaller hard things.

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