Topic-Changing Thursdays: Gardening 2021

How does your garden grow?

Potatoes from my garden
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Mashed Potatoes

I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t shared mashed potatoes on here. I make them regularly, and I am at the point where I don’t even have a detailed recipe. It is more of a “add a bit of this” with tasting required. It also depends on what dietary needs are happening.

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Making Sausage (Patties or Ground)

Sometimes I enjoy making breakfast for dinner, and this was one of those meals. It also meant that I could serve the leftovers for a brunch later in the week.

So today I am sharing how to make yourself some sausage without anything fancy involved, like a meat grinder. Sometimes at the store I can’t find ground sausage. Buying the ground pork from my store is also cheaper besides being more easily available. And even more of a bonus, my family enjoyed this sausage more than the store kind. It isn’t that involved, and all I had to do was buy some sage which keeps, so I can continue to make more ground sausage anytime I buy more ground pork.

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Cast Iron Roasted Potatoes

Today I bring a very simple recipe. I roast potatoes all the time, and the easiest is just spread out on a foil-lined baking sheet. But, after making them in a cast iron skillet on repeat, it is a super easy and speedy way to make the potatoes crisp on the outside and buttery soft on the inside.

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Potato, Sausage, and Rosemary Mini Galettes

Here we have a recipe that is easy to customize for your audience. With one person who couldn’t do dairy, and one who was arriving home for dinner much later, I was able to bake them in batches, and also adjust the ingredients in the filling to help. If you have picky family members, you can change things for them.

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Roast Chicken with Pan-Sauce Vinaigrette

During all of the crazy snow we had this winter, my in-laws were visiting and had their flight cancelled. Not normally a big problem but the grocery stores were stripped clean of essentials which made meal-planning tricky. I was lucky that I had already picked up ingredients for this, originally thinking it would just be for the four of us, but it ended up feeding the six of us with leftovers. And, it was so easy!

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Grilled Old Bay Shrimp

I know I might be pushing it with grilling posts in October, but I’m trying to share all of these yummy meals before it is winter. I actually might be done grilling for the simple fact that my gas tank is just about empty and it seems a little late in the season to fill it. I’m also unsure how much grilling I will do when next year rolls around. Will the baby let me grill? Will it make things easier? No idea at this point. Oh well, I will at least save this recipe to make again when I am back to grilling. And hopefully you will want to do the same!

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