Easter Dinner

Happy Easter!

Our extended family celebrated together last week, so we planned a “small” feast at home.  The temperature outside today was just about as perfect as it can ever be, and the sun shone!  Steak on the grill (by Mark), it was!

An Easter Feast

An Easter Feast: Steak, rice pilaf, oatmeal bread, applesauce, steamed broccoli, salad, and homemade “Vintage Lemonade”

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Our family likes Indian food! Sadly, there isn’t a restaurant anywhere close to us 😦 On the bright side, we are learning to make a few Indian dishes well.
Our kids always ordered Chicken Tikka Masala when we lived in a community with Indian restaurants, so we’ve given that a try. The results are surprisingly positive!

Chicken Tikka Masala and NaanThis meal does require advance planning.  It’s not something we can do unless we have a full day to work on it.  The day begins Continue reading

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Early Easter Dinner

We celebrated an early Easter dinner with family from out of town last week.

We fixed a stuffed Pork Loin from the Homemade Winter Cookbook (Yvette van Boven), baked some dinner rolls, and took mashed potatoes and a green salad.  In addition, we ate fruit salad, green beans, and angel food cake.  A delicious family feast!Early Easter Dinner

This is our second attempt with stuffed pork.  Continue reading

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Sirloin Steak Stir Fry

Mark, the Stir-Fry Guru struck again!


jasmine rice

stir frying the veggies

stir-frying the veggies

sirloin stir fry

delicious dinner





Water chestnuts. Rice.  Sirloin steak.  That’s all I know about it.  Except that it is delicious!


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Pork Carnitas

Last night, Sean was concerned that we were eating so many different kinds of foods (e.g. Thai, Mexican, Indian).  I felt a little sorry for him, because tonight’s menu was another “Mexican” meal.  Happily for him, he liked it, and tonight said that he’s lucky to live in a family that eats so many different things.

I looked through several recipes last week, and decided to try this recipe for Pork Carnitas Continue reading

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Thai Chicken Curry

A friend posted about making this curry few rainy days ago.  It sounded like an adventure, so we gave it a try on a rainy evening this week.Thai chicken curry ingredients

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“El Az” Blue Corn Enchiladas – We’re pretty close!

Mark loves the “El Az” Blue Corn Enchiladas from a restaurant he used to visit often.  He offered to try to recreate them at home today, and they were fabulous!

Our own "El Az" Blue Corn Enchilada Dinner

Our own “El Az” Blue Corn Enchilada Dinner

There are many components to the perfect “El Az” Blue Corn Enchilada Meal:

  1. The Blue Corn Tortillas
  2. The enchilada filling, which Mark was pretty sure contained cottage cheese
  3. The cheese topping  in place of enchilada sauce, about which I got a little confused when I went grocery shopping
  4. The refried beans on the side
  5. The rice on the side

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April 13, 2014 · 7:45 pm

Split Pea Soup in the Pressure Cooker

I’ve now made split pea soup twice.  I have also eaten it twice.

My first attempt was a “Smoky Dutch” version, and it was very good, but had allspice and other spices I associate with sweets in it.  The boys didn’t like it, and I thought a little went a long way.

But years have passed, and I saw this recipe for split pea soup which contains only ingredients that we all like.  It also looked fairly healthy.split pea soup to the table Continue reading

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Rachael Ray’s Chipotle Mac & Cheese

It looks like vomit. I had forgotten that, but Mark reminded me when I started chopping the chipotles.Chipotle Mac and Cheese
This didn’t get rave reviews in our family the first 2 times I made it, but years have passed, and we had some chipotles to use up. After all, the chipotle chicken stew went over well.

I LOVE the smell of chipotles. This dish has a great combination of flavors, including onion and smoked cheddar. Continue reading

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Extra Special Chicken Pot Pie

Last night’s dinner is a family favorite- chicken pot pie.  I was going to come up with a different plan because it was so sunny outside, and I thought I sunnier meal would be nice.  But Sean actually said chicken pot pie sounded good.

We all love this meal, and I’ve posted about it before.  But this pot pie is extra special because of the crust.  I taught Sean to make his first pie crust yesterday morning!  New life skill acquired 🙂

The crust turned out very well- Sean may be our new Pie Crust Guru!Chicken Pot Pie with Sean's Crust

Also, notice the clean plate in the background?  Dinner went over well!

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