Beware, my attempts at a food blog entry (& I might be drinking some wine, Washington vintage of course)!
I love to cook. I rarely give myself enough time to actually make dinner though. My kids are known to say something about it tastes better than it looks. When our hired man eats with us pretty sure he expects an "experiment" or "refrigerator clean-out". I spend way too much time looking at Pinterest. I don't pin that much, but basically guaranteed if you see something remotely crafty or cute from me I got the idea from Pinterest (we won't talk about the execution of someone else's cool idea!).
We also live far enough from town I don't just run in when I am missing a key ingredient or two (or six) so I improvise. More than once I've told Jeff how I altered the "new recipe" and just don't think the experiment in question is a "keeper" recipe. At which point Jeff says something about can I really blame the recipe because I may have made some pretty major alterations. OK, point taken!
Apparently it is summer now (low seventies earlier in the week, expecting 100 Monday). We are starting to harvest stuff out of our garden. I feel salads coming on; lots of lettuce and hot weather. For some reason the kids eat their veggies so much better when they come out of our garden. Another blessing of farm life is lots of space to plant edible goodies. If half the stuff in our garden grows this summer we can run our own fresh food pantry!
Another part of our farm life is freezers brimming with meat we raised. This often means plenty of ground beef. Nothing against chicken but I rarely buy it and most main dish salads (need meat in our main dish) include chicken not beef. Thus begins my improvising.
Lettuce and ground beef in hand I head to pinterest and find The Country Cook. An Italian Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken. Looks nummy and I have "most" of the ingredients. Some didn't make it out of the pantry before the starving natives NEEDED dinner. But we did enjoy a few green items out of the garden, ground beef out of the freezer and other items I had in the fridge or pantry. Added some Italian Dressing spice mix/base to the beef and I cheated with bottled Italian dressing. I liked it and 1/2 the kids ate it (I left the ingredients in separate bowls because I have a olive and tomato (unless they come from our garden) hater. The other 1/2 used part of ingredients to make tacos (used tortilla shells - we're not that loyal to food nationalities).
So goes another dinner at our house. Jeff may or may not eat the same thing - hours later than the kids and I. We have dinner in rounds here pretty much whenever water is on (March - October). You name the hour and pretty sure I'm getting ready to feed somebody, something - and there's still wine left.
Happy cooking (& improvising)!