Friday, March 30, 2007

Busy Little Bee


Gma Pat's Salad, originally uploaded by apkoski.

Aside from a coffee run and a walk with a friend, most of my day was spent in the kitchen yesterday.

I made:

- brownies that weren't good enough to share
- Chocolate Ginger Cookies that I did share
-a dinner entree sample that I also shared, at a BabyBootCamp mom's night out recipe exchange (and after sampling all of their entree & recipes, I've determined that I have a decidedly different idea of what is 'quick' and 'easy' for parents with young children to cook!). I made "Camel Pockets" from this guy's book.
- the famous no knead bread start
- Grandma Patterson's cauliflower salad, pictured.

I have to digress and say a few words about Grandma's salads. I think I loved them all as a kid, and remember having at least one to choose from at every family gathering; vegetable marinades, jello with sprite and fruit molds, jello with vegetables, fruit salads, cold spaghetti, 4-bean, that one with peas, bacon, and white dressing... what am I forgetting?

I also spent some time in Grace's kitchen yesterday:

... and in Danielle's for MNO (forgot the dang camera).
... and then again in my kitchen (Paul helped!):

-A

4 comments:

LillieBug said...

"I've determined that I have a decidedly different idea of what is 'quick' and 'easy' for parents with young children to cook!). I made "Camel Pockets" from this guy's book."

Soooo...what does this mean? Was your recipe much easier or much more difficult than everybody else's? And if it was easier, then I would be greatly interested in getting a copy...

A&P said...

Compared to the crock pot meals and 4-ingredient casseroles (which were all very good), my recipe was moderately difficult and somewhat time consuming. In fact, several moms knew without asking which sample I brought.
I'll post a recipe comparison, fyi. Then you can still try mine - or the others - if you want!

101 S. Marion Avenue said...

You were such a busy bee, I'll be you even had time to wipe out your kitchen drawers. From the last photo, I'd say you used every tool and implement in the kitchen!

101 S. Marion Avenue said...

Having been the mother of young children, a recipe that happens in stages is helpful. Soups & stews & oven dishes are easy, too, because they usually involve a little cutting (the onion/celery/etc), an occasional stir, and some time on the heat.
You'll also remember that children as young as 3 were making salads at my house. Some ingredients like cheese, black olives, lettuce, oranges, etc. can be cut with a table knife.