Meat Pie…

Every year around the holidays, Bates College dining services sells traditional French Canadian meat pies, also known as Tortiere.

I must say that, as far as meat pies go, this one was pretty good. I think we will make it part of our holiday tradition!

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Dessert at DaVinci’s

Every time I have had dinner at DaVinci’s I leave so full that dessert just isn’t an option.  Last time we went, the whole point of our visit was to finally try their desserts with coffee for an afternoon date while our son enjoyed some “Memere & Pepere time” with my parents.


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Memere Soup…

Well, I have certainly been slacking off on the blog.  Here’s a picture of my Memere’s soup, which we all call “Memere Soup” since it’s her specialty.  I have no recipe to share at this time, but I will see what I can do about that.

Memere SoupIf I do attain the recipe, I make no promise that the recipe provided will result in this soup, as Memere seems to spare us the full details when giving recipes that she generally makes without a recipe.

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Another Bean Salad…

This bean salad is easy to prepare with a few fresh ingredients a can of black beans, and a bag of frozen edamame.  It makes a nice side dish with grilled chicken or fish, and a side of rice.

The recipe for this salad can be found on a blog called Tastefully Julie.

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Homemade Baby Food

My “cooking” has been quite minimal as of late.  We seem to be falling into a pattern of easy protein with a side of veggies and rice or pasta.  On other days we have soup and sandwiches.  On occasion a casserole or crock pot dish is in order, made in large batches so as to have plenty of leftovers.  Take-out has become a once a week event, and since our little guy handles it fairly well, we go out to eat about once a week.

When I prepare veggies for our dinners, I have gotten in the habit of preparing the leftovers (unseasoned) for the baby.  A friend shared her So Easy Baby Food cookbook with me, and I have used it as a guide for preparing frozen food cubes.

Today I prepared pears and apples.  Two pears, peeled, cored, cubed and microwaved for five minutes makes one ice cube tray of baby food after it is pureed.  There was even an extra serving for the little guy to try this morning for breakfast, and he loved it.

After the food cubes are frozen, I remove then from the ice cube trays and put them in freezer bags.  Then it is so easy to prepare meals for home or daycare:  just thaw in the microwave for 10-20 seconds, or allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  So far we have frozen raw mashed bananas, raw mashed avocado, cooked peas, cooked squash, cooked sweet potato, and all have worked out quite nicely.  Right now I have the pears and apples in the freezer, along with some prune juice (to mix with baby cereal on occasion–we really don’t need a large open container of the stuff in our fridge).  I am hoping that these items freeze as nicely as the others!

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Greek Yogurt Biscuits

I have had the recipe for these biscuits hanging in my kitchen for months, and finally gave it a try this morning.  Only three ingredients are needed:  self-rising flour, Greek yogurt, and salt.  The results are some pretty good tasting  fat free biscuits.

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Chicken & Rice Salad with Peanut Sauce

This recipe is not only easy and convenient, but very tasty and filling.  It can also be made with “leftover” chicken and rice.  In our case, we grilled chicken for dinner, but threw on a couple of extra pieces to make this salad.  I also made a little more rice to go with dinner that night so that I would have some left to chill for the salad.

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Broccoli Salad

This is a great broccoli salad recipe, and it is easy to make!  It is one of my favorites, though this is really the first time I’ve made it myself.

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BBQ Ranch Salad

This pasta salad is easy to make and makes an easy lunch or side dish with dinner.  When I have it for lunch, I like to serve it on a bed of lettuce.

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When Pigs Fly…

When I visit Freeport, Maine, I always stop at When Pigs Fly to pick up a loaf of bread or two.  I’m not sure why I haven’t written about their bread before, because it is excellent, and is available in a wide variety of tempting flavors.  More about that next time…  Last time we were in town, I wanted a cookie…

Chocolatey goodness with huge chunks of Heath Bar = YUM!!!  Though I will say I am still partial to the Whoopie Pies available across the street, I will probably buy a cookie at When Pigs Fly again when I stop in for bread.

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