We finally have winter!  It’s cold, the roads are snowy and there is whiteness outside my window!  It is cold!!!  The good thing about the cold, snowy days is that it gives my boys something to do besides screen time.  They have this awesome dad that goes through a lot of trouble every year and makes a rink in the yard.  These freezing cold temps promise a lot of ice time for the boys, meaning that they will expend the never-ending supply of energy they seem to have.  Wahoo!

It means that I begin to look for yummy comfort foods… Tomorrow I am in the mood for making a roast, with scalloped potatoes, green beans and a salad.  Yum… and I don’t even really like meat! Yet I love making foods that everyone loves… I love cooking.  The other day I made the most delicious lasagna … combining my SIL’s recipe of using cream cheese instead of cottage or ricotta cheese and my cousin’s (Tina) recipe of using ground meat as well as sausage, the spicy kind! Yum!  OK was is calorie friendly, nope.  Was it heart smart?  Probably not.  🙁  But it was YUMMY!

I’m looking to master scalloped potatoes, I think it’s pretty easy but I just never have made it often enough to remember from one time to the next.

And then I am trying to master a chicken in the oven that is spicy and lemony.  I have a recipe that I often use, cilantra, lemon juice, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic cloves (lots), ginger all blended together, roughly then mixing in plain yogart.  Mariniate the chicken over night and then BBQ it.  Serve this on pitas, with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and some of the marinade that was saved… Yum!

I want to make a chicken thigh, boneless and stuffed with onion fried rice… just not sure how to marinade the chicken to compliment the rice….  I’ll let you know what turns up.

I look at Martha Stewart and feel like I could do that… couldn’t you?  Cooking is just mixing this and that together.  As my mom as instructs, “A little bit of this and a little bit of that,”

Anyways, I’m planning a New Year’s Eve Party… not sure who is coming but the food is under control!

 Do you  have big New Years Eve plans?

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