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Broccoli & Potato Casserole

21 Feb

Disclaimer:  The following recipe is not one of those “I ate clean last night & felt so awesomely skinny this morning!” recipes.  This is one of those “My stomach and taste buds felt like angels were dancing the Nutcracker Suite all around and then lifted me up to heaven with their dainty little wings” recipes.  You decide what kind of dinner you’re having.

Ingredients:

3-5 potatoes

3 cups broccoli, chopped

1 cup cheddar cheese

3/4 can condensed broccoli cheese soup

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This dinner was inspired by the fact that a week ago I purchased a large bag of broccoli at CostCo.  Since then, it has been sitting in my crisper drawer silently mocking me.  Since I’m not a huge fan of wasting food, I knew it was time to teach that broccoli a lesson.

First, I preheated the oven to 350°F.  Then, I brought a big pot of water to a boil and then cooked the broccoli just until it became fork tender (there’s nothing I hate more than overcooked vegetables).

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While the water was coming to a boil, I skinned and diced some potatoes.  I happened to use these PA-grown potatoes by Blue Denim:

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Ignore the exposed drywall in the background.  We are in the middle of the sanding & mudding process.

Then, I just added the potatoes to the same water the broccoli had been cooking in.  Again, I only let them get to the point of being fork tender and then I scooped them out of the water and into my 10-inch skillet.  I fried them lightly in just a little bit of olive oil, so that they would be a little bit brown and crispy:

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Since I had to fight the urge to constantly fuss over the potatoes and just leave them the heck alone so that they could crisp, I fussed over the broccoli.

I added a handful of shredded cheddar cheese (save some for the topping), and about 3/4 of a can of broccoli cheese soup, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic powder:

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Then, I mixed everything together and made the pieces of broccoli smaller because big chunks of broccoli annoy me.  When the potatoes were done, I added those in (and because they weren’t overcooked AND they had been crisped, they didn’t just turn into mush).  Then, I put everything into a greased casserole dish.

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Since everything is all ready cooked, I basically only had this casserole in for 20 minutes while I cooked our steaks.  Long enough for everything to heat through, the inside cheese to melt, and the topping to crisp up.  Oh, yeah – the topping!  Before I put mine in, I added the rest of my cheese.  Since I was feeling extra naughty and happened to have less than 1/4 c. of Stovetop stuffing in my pantry, I added a little dusting of stuffing.  I was so friggin’ excited to eat this, I forgot to snap a picture before we dug in!  What’s pictured here is actually what we had left over, since I made this as a side dish.  The next day, I added some grilled chicken to it and we ate it for lunch & dinner.

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Cue the dancing angels.

Laundromat Lunch

18 Dec

This week, my business achieved a huge milestone!  (Damn you, Facebook, for making that sound so cheesy.)  We moved into our new location.  It took many many weeks of constant toil, but we did it.  We now have room to run our business and plenty of room to grow.  I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now!

Saturday marked our official grand opening, which we celebrated with a party at the new facility.

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That means Monday was our first official day of “normal” work.  It was both exhilarating and anticlimactic.  It’s so hectic right now between the puppies and launching this expansion that I have barely cooked a substantial meal in weeks.  Call me crazy, but the thing I’m most excited about right now is having a schedule.  Knowing when and where I need to be helps me get back into the habit of cooking all three meals instead of depending on “grabbing a quick bite.”

Today, for lunch I made broccoli bites from Stacy’s Snacks

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What You Will Need:

16 oz. broccoli florets (fresh or frozen will work), with the liquid squeezed out
1 c. bread crumbs (I use Panko)
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

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Lucky for me, I live just around the block from where I work.  Since we are currently whelping puppies, we have to check in every hour.  Unless it is unbearably cold or wet outside, I try to walk home on these breaks.

I’m learning to love my little walk, even when it looks like this outside:

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So, this is the first of what I’m sure will be a long series of laundromat lunches.

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I had plenty left over and we reheated them for dinner.

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