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My husband Doug left for a business trip Sunday, and he’s dining at ritzy restaurants in Vegas, Facebragging about his expensive dinners, some plated up by Gordon Ramsey’s chefs.


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stuffed pots

For me, this is the year of the stuffed vegetable for the freezer. I’ve made stuffed eggplant, red bell pepper, zucchini, and spaghetti squash. After buying a 42 pound box of Russet potatoes, I decided potatoes were next.

With all these potatoes (not including the 50 pound bag of smaller potatoes I bought) there was the usual freezing of the fries and mashed potatoes, making hash browns for the freezer/dehydrator, canning potatoes, and making baked potato soup. I also freeze potatoes in chunks and diced. I branched out this time and made stuffed baked potatoes, but with a twist.

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Cabbage Casserole

Has your kitchen been a mess this week with wayward ribbions of cabbage flying through the air? I bought seven heads of cabbage because, at 79 cents a head, it’s stock-up time. I dehydrated two heads, made sauerkraut with three more, and freezer slaw with another. With the seventh head, I made this tasty casserole that your kids will love.

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Slow Cooker French Dip

Au Jus French Dip

So, I’m still stuck in a wheelchair for another month, and we have many dinners being brought to our house by friends and church family. On the weekends, I have my husband to help at dinnertime, so I’ve made a few things. The easiest thing I’ve made so far, and the most delicious, has been a slow cooker French dip roast, smothered in soft, sweet onions and swimming in a savory juice. Seriously, if I can put this together balancing on one leg, you can do it even faster on two.

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Shepherd’s Pie

Sheperd's Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

My adrenaline was rushing. I charged in with a mission, my eyes darting around to find my prize. With my luck, there would have been a run on what I so desperately wanted. But there they were – – a beautiful stack of 10 pound bags of potatoes. The stock clerk was even there piling on more and more, making a glorious tower. These weren’t your average bags of russets – – they were 10 pound bags of russets for 69 cents each. I snatched two bags and a 1 1/2 pounds of green beans on a major sale too. I go to check out and the cashier said, “That will be $2.33.” That was for 20 pounds of potatoes and 1 1/2 pounds of green beans.  I came. I conquered. Oh, yeah. [click to continue…]

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