Our favorite side dish in our family is mashed potatoes. We tend to add a little bit of everything into them once they are mashed. In this version that I made, I added some cream cheese, a dash of milk, little bit of butter, salt and pepper, cilantro, parmesan cheese, and french onion dip.
I wanted to make a different kind of chili with chicken so I kind of just threw some things together and it came out pretty good. It reheats well for a make ahead dinner for the week.
One of my go-to make ahead dinners for the week is this easy and quick cheesy chicken and rice casserole. Not only is it good but you can easily mix it up with different things added to it. (The part that I like the best about it is the yellow mustard it gives it a unique taste.)
The other thing that I made from the unexpected bounty of cayenne peppers that we got in the farm share was Homemade Frank’s Red Hot. This recipe doesn’t make very much, but it could easily be doubled, tripled…..you get the idea. It’s super easy and quick.
I can’t seem to keep up with Bananas lately before they start getting overly ripe. I started making Banana Bread because my kids like it but also because it is very easy to make. Here is a very simple recipe for the Banana Bread I use regularly. You can easily add different ingredients to make it your own. For example, nuts or different kinds of chocolate chips
As part of our farm share this summer, we got some cayenne peppers. I had never grown cayenne peppers and really didn’t know what to do with them. I don’t think that many of our fellow farm sharers knew what to do with them either because instead of rationing them out like all the other produce, they were in a box that said “help yourself”. So, I took a bunch……about 200. I did a little research and realized that there were two things that we eat pretty regularly that are made from cayenne peppers……crushed red pepper flakes and Frank’s Red Hot sauce
This is my favorite recipe for Chocolate chip cookies, because they are the perfect mix of sweet and salty. They are very easy to make and come out perfect. The key is to not melt the butter and to use the baking soda and the salt. I mix all the dry ingredients separately and then add them to the wet ingredients.
For a simple appetizer we like to do Brie Cheese, the other night we went to make it and didn’t have Jelly that we normally put on top. So instead we improvized and used Maple syrup drizzled on top and sprinkled some walnuts on top which was just as good!