Monday, August 1, 2011

It's a Keeper!

After 23 years of marriage, i sometimes find myself in a rut when it comes to cooking.  
But there will always be our family favorites.
Things like...

  • Roast and gravy with mashed potatoes and peas 
  • Spaghetti and meatballs,
  • Red beans and rice (on Mondays of course, ain't that right Heather )
  • chicken and dumplins and fried okra
Those dishes popped up once every two weeks or so.  Especially when all 3 of my girls were still at home. Back then I made out my menus on Sunday night and cooked a big meal every night of the week...except for Saturdays..we usually ate leftovers. or cereal. 
We almost always ate together at the table.  That was a tradition I made sure our schedules gelled with.
I protected supper time something fierce.  Such treasured times around the dinner table.... it was one of my favorite times of the day.

Lately, its just me and my hubs so I am having to completely revamp my cooking repertoire. 

So........I'm having a blast trying the recipes that y'all have been  posting.
My latest new dish was one I discovered from my friend Pamela on her blog, Bleau Cloud.
It's called "Open-Faced  Chicken Caprese Sandwiches" and I recommend you checking out  her amazing tutorial she posted on how she fixed them!
Just click her mouthwatering picture right here...

We have a major abundance of tomatoes right now from our garden,
 so when I saw this recipe I was like.."Yes!"
Just one of the four counters in my kitchen I had covered in tomatoes!!

Here is my version...before they went into the oven for their toasty yumminess.
I just used what I had on hand, so I put feta cheese on the bottom and fresh parmesean cheese on top.
I forgot to get bread and almost ditched the whole plan and then I was like... "Hey, I can so make my own bread."  And that's what I did.  I felt like the Proverbs 31 Woman. Yay me!

 Here is a pic my hubs took of his plate. He's a instagrammer and proud of it! :)
Oh and that is fresh grown squash sautéed down in butter with onions by the way. Yum-O!

Thanks again Pamela for sharing this easy, delicious and oh so good for you recipe.
My family said....

IT'S A KEEPER! 

Stephanie :)
ps. I'm linking up with communal global for Tuesday around the world.

14 comments:

  1. looks so delish. you weren't kidding about the abundance of produce.

    that is a tomato city you have going there.

    but caprese everything sounds SO fresh and summery. yum :)

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  2. i LOVE tomatoes. if i lived close i'd totally take them off your hands. all of your cooking endeavors look delectable.

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  3. Looks delicious - and I love tomatoes! :-)

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  4. This looks amazing. I'm so in love with home grown tomatoes right now. I have a constant supply of tomato salad in my fridge and eat it with almost every meal.

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  5. ummm, looks so good. You wanna come cook for us? ha..JK :)

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  6. looks yummy! I've been wanting to cook this ever since I saw it on Bleu Cloud as well!

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  7. Your dinner looks so yummy!! 23 years of marriage is awesome!!! Way to go!

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  8. GIRL!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR AAAALL THE LOVE!!!!! AND you deffinitely stepped it up with that homemade bread and DOUBLE CHEESE!!!!!! =D You deffinitely put a smile on my face this morning, and this recipe is a keeper for us, too!! I couldn't believe how easy, quick and YUM it was! Congrats, my friend!!!! =D

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  9. Wow that looks amazing!! Yummy yummy yummy!

    -Nicole
    www.threesforme.blogspot.com

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  10. Looks really tasty! Congrats on your anniversary. :-)

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  11. The sandwiches look good, but what I'd really like is the recipe for your rice and beans! ;0)

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  12. wow so many wonderful tomatoes! my son & I grow a little garden every year, a tradition passed on from many generations, and it's always so nice to see what others grown in their garden too!
    Sometimes for a quick lunch we make thin tomato sandwiches with a little mayo on wheat bread. Another favorite is bruschetta and pealing the tomatoes to make home made tomato sauce with basil and other fabulous ingredients we grow. :D

    congratulations on your anniversary!!

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  13. Don't ya just love Pam @ Bleu Cloud!! I had the privilege of recently meeting and her and now I am able to call her friend! Thanks for sharing this, I too think it's a KEEPER!

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  14. Jamie.. my sister in law, Heather, just posted her recipe for red beans and rice.. We both were taught by the same woman..our awesome Mom-n-law so I thought I'd just pass her link on to ya. Enjoy :)

    http://wearetheholdens.blogspot.com/2011/08/this-is-how-we-do-it.html

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