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What's Cooking November 2022 Wrap Up

December! I feel like I've been running to catch up on things but haven't felt that I had a lot going on. Very weird.

Thanksgiving was the two of us and I pretty much forgot to take pictures of our meal. I did not make turkey because I had a pork roast in the freezer. I made Tuscan Pork Roast and it was delicious. Of course stuffing - bread with sausage, celery, onions, parsley, sage. I always need mashed potatoes. I tried a new recipe for cornbread dressing and it was not good. Not linking.

For green I made spinach mornay and it was good. For dessert, no pie! I made maple cheesecake and wow. I did not top it with caramel or whipped cream, I think it was perfect without any topping. And Friday leftovers.

Some new recipes after Thanksgiving - Lazy Pork and Shrimp Wonton soup from the cookbook Cravings. I discovered that I can get cookbooks through the Overdrive app from the library. Love to be able to browse new cookbooks.

The soup was very good, made a ton, I had won ton wrappers left from the egg rolls. And then soup left for another meal where I used some frozen egg rolls. I am on an egg roll craving path.

Because I love mashed potatoes I made SO many. I had leftovers even after leftover Friday. But that meant I could make Potato Croquettes. I've made this recipe many, many times and love it.

I found I had many, many tomatoes so decided to cook several down with a cubanelle pepper, an onion, a zucchini and make a sauce for pasta and salmon. We can always use tomatoes and when they are a good price I buy them.

Another new recipe - crispy coconut chicken tenders with pineapple chili sauce. Also from the Cravings cookbook, also good. Also made a ton so leftovers became part of a big salad.

I'm trying not to add too much more to the freezer but did have two containers of stuffing for future meals. I've been grocery shopping every two weeks but think I will go a little longer this next time.

Apparently I think produce looks good, I buy it and then need to use it. Not a horrible problem, vegetables are good for us, just some menu replanning.

Porch/deck updates. I had a hummingbird buzz me last week but have not seen another. The feeder will stay up. I went to my craft room to water my plants, I haven't spent a lot of time downstairs knitting, and had a surprise out the window.

A new little friend!

She munched a little and then spent the rest of the day napping. She was gone the next day.

We don't have a manicured back yard with grass, it's wild with ivy, leaves, fallen branches and I like it for the birds, occasional raccoon, deer and last night a possum.

I googled "what do possums eat", husband was not as excited about our new visitor. I am not luring them to the yard/deck, but they are welcome. I told him them eat mosquitos, snakes (he hates snakes) and he still thinks they are ugly.

No picture since it was dark and I wasn't expecting visitors, I just checked to see what was interesting to the cats.

I bought a new bread book so am excited to try new recipes from Flour Power by Tara Jensen. I also bought a new grain mill and some pullman loaf pans. I am continuing my baking journey.

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