Corn and Cheddar Strata

We are getting really close to baby time. Even though I am writing this a couple months ahead of time, this still feels close to baby time. I am doing lots of preparation for this birth but still feel kind of behind. We are still figuring out what to do with the crib situation…do we move the Fudgelet to a regular bed or order another crib for the baby? I am leaning towards new crib but the ones we like are pricey and maybe I am being overly cautious? I don’t know…and I still need to buy some other stuff for the baby, like a new baby monitor. Ours is fine…a bit buggy, but all of the video ones seem to have bugs and not last very long. Regardless, our current one is okay but probably won’t last much longer (hopefully until next summer or so when I plan on being done using it for the Fudgelet). By the time this post is live, I’m hopeful all of this will be sorted out and I can just worry about the stuff I can’t fully prepare for (when labor starts, how the Fudgelet will be when I’m at the hospital, how the new kid will handle newborn things, how we will handle two kid things…).

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Mushroom and Spinach Baked Eggs with Bacon

Just before our last trip to Maryland, I had made a breakfast casserole for the day we left. It was okay…but definitely not a recipe I would repeat. This was a recipe I found, and after a few changes, it was a recipe I have already repeated. It is easy to have the ingredients on hand, and it comes together quickly.

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Spanish Braised Chicken with Sherry and Saffron

I know, I know, here I am with another braised chicken recipe. Well, whatever, it seems to be the thing to do these days. At least in my world. Or in my house. I’m not saying you have to do it, but here is another option to tempt you. This one seems kind of weird, but I was able to convince K when he knew egg would be in the sauce and on top. That sounds like a win for him.  I’d rate this dish as middling-fussy. You have to do a little stove cooking and then wait for a bit with it in the oven, and then finish with a sauce. But, you could read a book during the oven time, browse the internet, play a video game…I don’t know what you people without kids do with your free time. I don’t remember free time. Aaaaannnnyyyway, if you have made braised chicken before and want to try something different, or just were waiting for a different recipe to make you start braising chicken, here you go.

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Breakfast Ramen Noodles

I saw one of those speedy food videos that prepped a version of this which intrigued me. You know the videos I am talking about, right? They rapidly mix everything together to make it look really fast and easy and people go nuts sharing them all over social media. Who knows, maybe they will get some more people making stuff they wouldn’t have made before? Just don’t worry if your cooking takes a bit longer and if you’re like me and prefer reading a recipe instead of viewing a Snapchat-style video. But what do I know? I still prefer books over movies, haha.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Look at me, making a soup! It’s a rare occurrence, and trickier now that the Fudgelet is eating our food (he can’t feed himself soup yet, so I need the soup to contain finger foods). The Fudgelet loves spinach, ground meat/meatballs, and pasta, so I figured this would be a hit for him. It took some convincing since the pasta was a new shape and the egg strands made the spinach look and taste different, but eventually he liked it. K was an even bigger fan. He would prefer a different pasta than orzo, as would I…I need to find a store that has a better pasta selection. I can’t seem to find certain shapes, like pastina (what I really wanted to use) or ditalini.

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Mixed Bag (Part 3): Popcorn, Potatoes, and Pstuffing

Yeah, not really Pstuffing, but when you have popcorn and potatoes already in the title, it seems better that way. These dishes were all….okay. I liked them, but not sure if I loved them. Let’s start with the Pstuffing…okay, stuffing.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Last week was a sweet week on the blog: ice cream and pie. This week, I gave a brats recipe, and now a spaghetti one. I have made cheating versions of this recipe before. The whole raw egg thing scared me off previously. I would end up doing it all in the skillet to essentially cook the eggs and make a scrambled version. This time, I wasn’t pregnant and I have gotten over my fears of eggs. (Making ice cream will do that!) If you follow the directions, the eggs will be fine…but I still wouldn’t recommend it if you are pregnant/elderly/a small child/etc. You know, the standard undercooked food warnings. That’s part of the reason I waited this long. K was excited when he saw the main ingredients of bacon, cheese, and eggs. It is a rich dish, so it is a splurge, but I found I preferred smaller portions because it is so decadent.

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