Spaghetti Tacos ala iCarly

Remember iCarly? Your kids will love Spaghetti Tacos! Not really sure if they were a thing or just a line in the show but it’s a meal I will always serve…SO delicious and easy!!!

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Creamed Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

So many times I surprise my oldest daughter with gifts and goodies with not much hoopla on her part but when I present her with food such as this dish it’s like she’s won lottery.

  
I’m at the point in my culinary journey where I don’t measure so I will just share the method and ingredients. 

Sauté a package of frozen spinach in olive oil until warmed through add a block of cream cheese, cheese of choice and some Parmesan and garlic. It will need a bit of whole milk at this point. Let mixture cool and combine it with 8 large beaten eggs. 

This will fill 2 pie crusts. I use a no roll crust that you press in to the pie plate, it is amazing. It is flour, salt veg or canola oil and a splash of milk(always use whole milk, there is no substitute).

I am forced to use a dumb electric stove so I baked the quiches at 325 for an hour, normal stoves that are gas powered could probably do 350 for 40 minutes.

My skinny little teenager, Paige ate more than half a quiche and my picky little four year old Jenna ate several big bites. She probably would have eaten an entire piece but she is currently obsessed with Nintendo Wii and didn’t have time for a sit down meal. Age 4 has always been the beginning of video game mania for my kids. Honestly, it’s better than having her little face glued to the iPad all day. She’s up and moving. I have to quit talking about her right now, she’s at her dad’s this week and I feel like my right arm is missing. 

Along with the quiches I made biscuits n gravy in the crockpot. I thought I could add the flour as usual to the ground beef(pork sausage is the usual meat in this dish)then put it in the crockpot with milk, salt and black pepper and it would thicken, wrong. I even tried making a slurry and adding it back in, nope. My improvisation skills kicked in and I added dried onion flakes and a bit of instant mashed potato flakes, viola…magic! I threw together some biscuits made with cooking oil, they were kinda crisp so I threw them in to the crockpot, mixed them around…delish!

Comfort and Food

Motherhood and grandmothering are my greatest accomplishments, that’s the ultimate comfort in my life but…there is a second runner up that is very near and dear…FOOD!
There were several times in my life that I tried to control my relationship with food. You, know teen years and after the first baby when you actually give a hoot what people think. Skinny means more clothing choices but for me it didn’t equal happiness.

In the late 90’s Food Network entered the scene and it was totally life changing. After many years of watching my favorite cooks and chefs I consider myself a guru of not only eating great food but preparing it as well.

No more agony of being chained to a recipe, the ability to improvise was a real game changer. I feel like before Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals my views on preparing a meal were in a completely different universe. For years I’d get ideas about what new gourmet ingredient was an essential to have in my pantry from Martha and I love her dearly but Rachael broke it down on how to utilize gourmet ingredients in a way that even a complete novice could comprehend then proceed to cook a five star meal at home in very little time with no fuss and minimal effort.

In November of 2002 Ina Garten burst through the Food Network lineup captivating the home cooks as well as celebrities and beyond. Through social media I found out that my one year old was not the only toddler that Ina had wrapped around her spatula. The theme song was mesmerizing, I felt like crying when they changed it years later.  Ina cooks precisely, measuring everything, I do not but I feel her casual elegance has helped me hone my skills to a spectacular level.

These are the people who gave me the confidence to do my own thing with food and cooking. It feels amazing to grab a yeast donut out of fridge(that I made!)warm it slightly in the microwave, slap some icing and sprinkles on it and be in a donut shop right in my own home. It’s like no other feeling. Just add coffee.

These are a few of my latest creations…(food is art).

  
Sunflower Seed Oat Bread

  

Fresh Green Beans sautéed with Caesar Dressing, Mushrooms and Parmesan

  

Pepperjack Alfredo