This Cheesy Bowtie & Butternut Squash Bake was born out of ingredients already on hand. It’s loaded with veggies and I promise you even the youngest members of the family will love this dish. Butternut squash, fresh mushrooms & spinach, an open box of pasta and the end of a hunk of cheddar cheese came together in a snap.
Our Jalapeno Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole is a spin off of a very popular and delicious recipe. I enjoyed it at a luncheon recently and it’s been on my mind ever since. According to an internet search, it seems to have been recreated at least a bazillion times. Here’s our version, based on ingredients already in our fridge and pantry.
I recently got on a kick of looking for ways to ‘Deconstruct’ recipes. It seemed like a cool way to present a dish and the couple I have posted were quite fun. Next up on my ‘to-be-deconstructed’ list was Tuna Noodle Casserole. A comfort food dish that many of us grew up on (whether you liked it or not).
My thought was to build the layers of flavor thoughtfully using top quality ingredients to deliver a bowl of comfort. I think I’ve succeeded with this one.
I’ve recently read some articles on a growing movement to bring Home Ec back to schools. Healthy eating and knowledge of nutrition being the core reason, self-sufficiency and cost savings also getting a mention. And while I wholeheartedly agree, I propose another consideration for teaching teens and young adults the ‘basic’ life skills taught in a Home Economics classroom. Creativity.
Cooking, like sewing or painting or wood-working, is a way to express yourself artistically…and a wonderful stress-reliever. So don’t get me wrong, I do believe ‘home’ is the best place to learn these skills, but it was in my 8th grade Home Ec class where I learned to make a Basic White Sauce. A skill just as valuable in my life today as being able to manipulate an Excel spreadsheet.