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TGBTL #3–My Go To Meal

I’m linking up again this week with Lauren and Hayley and The Girl Between the Lines.  This week’s prompt is “My Go to Meal.”

One of my projects that I did this year was make an index card for every meal that I make and want to try.  I then made up two separate binders to hold these cards in, our favorites, and other recipes.  This has saved me so much time when menu planning and made it so much easier, which is a great thing for me because I hate menu planning.

Some of the recipes in the favorites binder that we have most frequently are: Cheeseburger Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and Chicken Cheese Croissants.  These are some of the meals that we really enjoy and are pretty easy to make.  But I can honestly say, and Adam would tell you this as well, that my go-to meal is Pancakes.  (I’m a big breakfast for dinner kind of person).

If I mess up on the meal planning and need another meal=Pancakes.  If I can’t find another meal to make=Pancakes.  If we just aren’t feeling the meal planned for that night=Pancakes (or pizza).

Reasons why Pancakes is my Go-To Meal:
pancakes-It’s cheap
-It’s easy
-I already have all the ingredients in my house
-They are customizeable
-You can never eat too many pancakes (at least I can’t)
-They’re just plain delicious!

In general, we probably have pancakes once a week, because they are a quick, easy solution to menu planning.

So here is my super easy pancake recipe:

1 cup flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup of milk, plus more to get desire consistency
2 Tablespoons oil

**Secret ingredients–a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon

Mix together dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and then combine.
Heat a skillet to medium heat, pour batter on the skillet, flip when there are lots of bubbles on your pancake.
Eat as they are ready, or heat the oven to 250 degrees and keep pancakes warm to eat together.

Mmmm this makes me want to have pancakes for dinner!



This problem I have…

timerI love to cook and I love trying new recipes, but you see I have this problem…

I tend to not read the recipe the entire way through and miss important information, especially with timing.  This seems to be a relatively new problem.  I do not remember having this problem before.  But in the past two months it has appeared 4 times.

Recipe: Homemade Soft Pretzels
Problem:  I did not realize that the dough would need to rise at two different points in the recipe, a total of 2.5 hours that I did not take into account when determining my starting time.
Result:  Trying to finish making pretzels at 11:30 at night.  I ended up falling asleep on the couch and Adam finished making them all.  And then we were really too tired to even enjoy them.

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
Problem: This recipe made two pot pies.  We ate the first one, no problems.  The second one we froze to eat on another night.  That night I only read the first set of instructions when determining when to put it in the oven, “preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook for 30-40 minutes.”  I was thinking that would be the perfect amount of time.  Later, when actually making dinner, Adam read the instructions again and there was a second step that I had not read down far enough to see: “then decrease the heat to 350 degrees and cook for 80 more minutes.”  We did not have that kind of time.
Result: Ordered a pizza and made it another day.

Recipe: Cornbread Dressing
Problem: I had picked this recipe to make at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner.  So, 7pm the day before (Thanksgiving dinner to be ready at 2pm) I read through the whole recipe for the first time and it says, “set bread out to dry for 24 hours.”  Well, that’s not going to happen.
Result: Put the bread in the oven to dry it out.

Recipe:  Homemade Doughnuts
Problem:  Now, knowing I had this problem, I was determined not to let it happen again.  So I read through the recipe until I saw refrigerate for 8-10 hours.  And I thought, “A-ha!  I’m going to get this recipe right!”  So I made the dough the day before and let it refrigerate overnight.  I even caught the next part that said to give it 2 hours to come to room temperature.  I thought for sure I had finally achieved my goal.  I still hadn’t read the entire recipe, and this time I had caught everything.  Can you see where this is going?  Then, right when I thought we were ready to fry the doughnuts, I read the next step, “Put the doughnuts on a baking sheet, cover with a tea towel, and let rise for 2 hours.”  Gah!  It had happened again!  Fooled by double rising!
Result: Adam and I had another exciting night of cooking into 11:30pm and then enjoying our doughnuts, which were delicious.  I’m sure they would have been more delicious if it hadn’t been midnight.

When will I ever learn?

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Biscuits and Gravy

Mmmm.  I love biscuits and gravy, and so does Adam, so it is usually a safe choice when I don’t know what else to make.

I really like to make everything homemade, but I usually have the same problem with biscuits and gravy as I do with pizza dough, something doesn’t go right.  Every time I make homemade sausage gravy, the gravy gets hard like paste…yuck.  So I have been buying bag mixes (just add water).  Adam does not like this kind of gravy, but at least this way it is edible.

Well, I am determined that my gravy problems will stop tonight.  The Pioneer Woman has a biscuits and gravy recipe and I’m going to make it for dinner tonight and I really hope it works.

So here’s hoping.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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I Eat–Pork Chops with Apples and Creamy Bacon Grits

Last night we tried this new recipe: Pork Chops with Apples and Creamy Bacon Grits and it was delicious!!
You use 6 pork chops, so it feeds more than just 2 people, so we had some friends over to share it with.
I was going to take lots of delicious pictures for you but I forgot because we were playing games while I was cooking.
From start to finish, making both dishes, this took just under two hours to make.
In The Pioneer Woman’s recipe she calls for stone ground grits.  Well, I had no idea where to get these, definitely not at Food City, so I just got a regular bag of grits and they worked just fine for us.

I would highly recommend this dish!  The grits are cheesy, bacony and delicious.  The pork chops are so yummy with the apples and the glaze.  Mmm.  I think I’ll even have some leftover bacon cheese grits for breakfast!

Also, if you don’t know The Pioneer Woman, you need to!  Most of my favorite recipes come from her.  And while she is cooking for a family of 6 and me for 2, we just have lots of leftovers of her amazing recipes, so we don’t complain very often.  And if you make this recipe and need someone to help you eat it Adam and I will happily volunteer.

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