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What's for Dinner

I often run out of ideas for what to cook for meals and nothing sounds exciting. When I have trouble falling asleep at night I try to come up with fresh ideas. Right now I'm living alone so am in development mode, trying out recipes for this summer when Mr. TroutBend 'visits' from Las Vegas. He'll eat anything, but I get bored cooking the same things all the time.

The latest keepers included roasting chicken thighs, a few pieces of Italian sausage, and vegetables - onion slices, carrot pieces, butternut squash. It could have chunks of potatoes or sweet potatoes, whatever is available. Toss all together with Italian herbs and some olive oil, roast at 450 degrees for an hour, with the chicken pieces arranged on the top. The chicken and vegetables take up the flavor of the sausage.

Another one is a quiche, although maybe not purely a quiche. What makes it special is there's not a crust, just a coating of Parmesan cheese held in place by a smearing of butter. The solids - ham/cooked sausage/sauteed onions and/or mushrooms, and shredded cheese are tossed in a couple tablespoons flour and placed in the cheese-coated pie dish. Next is 1 cup half-and-half and 4 eggs with a little melted butter if desired. Bake it 30 - 45 minutes. It could be meatless or not. The best thing about it is that it seems to be foolproof - I've never had any problems getting it to set or cook through in the time given.

Spinach salad:
1 bunch of spinach
2 slices bacon, fried crisp
2 tbsp bacon drippings
2 tbsp wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Sugar to taste
Salt and pepper
1 hard boiled egg, chopped
Sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)
(Slivered almonds or other nuts, toasted)
(Dried Cranberries)

Wash and drain spinach. To the bacon grease in a small skillet add vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Add a little sugar if it seems too acidy from the vinegar. Heat to boiling. Pour over the spinach and toss to mix. Sprinkle chopped egg and other optional ingredients over the top as a garnish.

posted on Mar 26, 2019 8:27 PM ()


The spinach salad is the old fashioned wilted spinach that I grew up on,
It is also good made with leaf lettuce but we prefer spinach.
try will love it.
comment by elderjane on Mar 27, 2019 6:25 AM ()
reply by traveltales on Mar 27, 2019 6:39 AM ()
I'll have to try Worchestershire and that dressing for spinach salad, sounds good. Now I have to make a shopping list, there's nothing I want to eat here.
comment by drmaus on Mar 27, 2019 5:40 AM ()
I like the way you phrased it, I often feel the same way.
reply by traveltales on Mar 27, 2019 3:34 PM ()
All three of those sound delicious!
comment by jerms on Mar 27, 2019 4:02 AM ()
We're still using that baking stone you gave us.
reply by traveltales on Mar 27, 2019 3:35 PM ()
I can make dozens of dishes with chicken thighs--using my slow cooker I'll put about 6 thighs in and one batch gets covered with salsa, another bbq sauce, the third pot with mushroom soup, etc., etc. I dump in whatever vegetables on hand--I usually make 5-6 dinners say on Saturday for the next few days--I vary between chicken, veal, lamb, beef and fish.
comment by greatmartin on Mar 26, 2019 8:35 PM ()
Sounds good. Not very exciting, but good.
reply by traveltales on Mar 27, 2019 3:38 PM ()

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