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Thanks! (and covered dishes)

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Thanks! (and covered dishes)

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Hey, thanks for the virtual snowflake cookies, folks!

The snow that apparently fell on much of the South over the weekend skipped NC--but snowflake cookies are much better, IMHO.

Speaking of gifts and food: does anyone have any favorite covered dish recipes they'd be willing to share?

I never manage to do much volunteering, or to show up for "garden" days at the school, etc., but I do try to bring a meal for people/families in situations where that's helpful (new babies, illness, etc.).

One of the preschool moms had some kind of major surgery, and I got assigned tomorrow for food--which meant I didn't have time for my usual things, which involve the slow-cooker. Someone at work hooked me up with a veggie mac-n'-cheese thing, which looks okay, now that I've made it, but it made me realize I need more of a repertoire for this kind of thing...

Got something that's easy, delicious, and always works?

Vegetarian preferred--or at least something that doesn't mix dairy and meat. I don't keep kosher myself, but a lot the people and places I end up bringing food to do...

Thanks!
  • Taco Soup! I love it. And it's so ridiculously cheap and easy.

    Ingredients:
    1 can pinto beans
    1 can kidney beans
    1 can hominy (or corn)
    1 big ass can of diced tomatoes
    1 onion
    1 lb ground beef/turkey/soy replacement
    1 packet taco mix
    1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch mix

    Dump all cans and mixes into a pot. Warm them up. Brown meat and onions in a pan. When done, throw into pot. Add water or stock as necessary. Let simmer for an hour or so. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, or whatever you like. Cornbread works GREAT.

    I always double the tomatoes and the hominy. Feel free to throw in more or less of anything you like. Replace anything with anything that goes with tacos.

    So easy a college kid can do it.
  • Or! What I'm making now! Polenta Casserole

    Ingredients:
    2 rolls polenta
    2 rolls of fresh mozarella (the roll out in a sheet kind)
    1 can pasta sauce of choice
    1 half onion
    a bunch of button mushrooms
    fresh garlic
    olive oil

    Use olive oil to pan-fry garlic, onions, and then mushrooms. While those finish, line a casserole dish with PAM. Cut polenta into thin slices. Put down a layer of polenta, then half of the pasta sauce, the mushrooms and onions, and then a roll of cheese. Lay down the rest of the polenta, the rest of the sauce, and then the rest of the cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 375 until gooeyness happens. Remove foil and bake until toasty brown.

    You can sub shredded mozzarella for the sheet kind, but you lose some of the ridiculous mozarella-ness. If you're into that sort of thing.
    • This one too!

      Somewhere I have a recipe "Tex-Mex" version of this, where you put canned beans mixed with salsa and cheddar/jack cheese between the polenta slices....must dig that out....

      Thanks again!
  • pesketti?
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