The Shady Porch: 09.14

9.29.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 29, 2014

Signs of Fall are everywhere...our empty cornstalks are awaiting binding to become a foddershock, the leaves on the smaller trees are starting to fade a bit, and we grew our first (and only) pumpkin this year, and I think every part of the approaching autumn is lovely. I am looking forward to making much of it part of our Fall porch decor.   
This is a short work week for the hubby, so I am hoping we'll be able to use the smoker on his day off. Just thinking of a beautiful and delicious smoked pork dinner one night and then turning the leftovers into savory BBQ for sandwiches on Game Day Saturday...two dinners in basically one prep? Winner-winner! I'm also making my super easy faux baklava for dessert this week; it gets rave reviews around here. I hope you've got a yummy week planned as well.   

What's For Supper: Menu September 29, 2014

9.28.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #56

2 Timothy 1:7 God has given us Spirit of Power, Love and Sound Mind


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White Soup Beans and Ham
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9.26.2014

Chinese Beef & Peppers

This is an easy 20-minute, one-skillet meal that will be a blessing instead of a burden for the harried cook. The family will be equally blessed with this hearty, flavorful dish. The recipe is simple with a savory sauce that complements the meal perfectly. A bed of Chinese noodles or rice makes it a complete meal that satisfies any appetite.

Chinese Beef & Peppers on a bed of rice
 Chinese Beef & Peppers with a savory sauce on a bed of rice

9.24.2014

White Soup Beans and Ham

The beauty of a bean soup is in the unbeatable combination of simplicity, flavor, flexibility, and economy. For the novice who wants to prepare the kind of dishes that were staples for our grandparents, or the kitchen veteran who just wants a family classic that hits the major dinner buttons: flavor, nutrition, and ease, this White Soup Beans and Ham recipe is a no fail option. Little can be simpler than a dish that has so few ingredients and a single pot for prep. The flavor that arises from the inclusion of ham and seasoning with bacon drippings is a classic. Add to that the flexibility on BOTH ends - the option to cook on an active cooktop OR use a slow cooker that frees the chef for other business as well as the adaptability of any leftovers to be the base for a white chili and there are just not many dishes this easy to love. Finally, the cost of this dinner borders on ridiculously low, putting the cost per serving well below $1.00.

White Northern Beans and Ham served with Jalapeno Cornbread
White Soup Beans and Ham served with Jalapeno Cornbread

9.22.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 22, 2014

Autumn is upon us and I, for one, am glad. I love all the scents, flavors, and sights of Fall. I also enjoy the cool nights; I am especially looking forward to sitting around the new fire pit, roasting giant marshmallows. 
For the menu this week, I am serving leftovers today because most soups (especially bean soups) actually taste better the second day and it's a budget-friendly move as well. As the menu shows, we're still using the grill since the weather is awesome right now, and I am using the slow cooker since I need every time-saver I can employ.   
Hope you find something you like here. Happy Fall, Y'All!

What's For Supper: Menu September 22, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu September 22, 2014

9.21.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #55

Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul 1 Peter 2:11 (ERV)
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Baked Salmon Casserole
What's For Supper: Menu September 15, 2014
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9.19.2014

Rustic Italian Chicken: Slow Cooker

Signs of autumn are already here though, according to the calendar, it's still a week away. For example, we're painting, caulking, and swapping late garden harvest with the neighbors. Such activity means we are using our slow cooker frequently. Recently, I tried a new recipe called Rustic Italian Chicken that filled the house with a wonderful aroma. No matter who came through the door, the very first words were about how delicious it smelled; once dinner rolled around, the flavors delivered on the aromatic expectations. It is a rustic Italian meal that's delicious, comforting, and economical (boneless chicken thighs are WAY less expensive than boneless chicken breasts!).

Rustic Italian Chicken: Slow Cooker
A rustic Italian meal that's delicious, comforting and filling.

9.17.2014

Baked Salmon Casserole

This Baked Salmon Casserole is a perfect weeknight supper: quick assembly, with the aid of a blender or food processor, and it tastes great, too. I served ours with a wedge salad, making it a light, delicious meal... that everyone loved.  This recipe can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight and baked the next day, if desired.  As a side note, a leftover piece of the casserole made a great lunch the next day, too! 


Baked Salmon Casserole
Baked Salmon Casserole... a light, delicious meal

9.15.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 15, 2014

It's been lovely weather here in the Bluegrass Commonwealth. We've had the air conditioning off, and the windows open for several days now, and, as they say, it has been great sleeping weather. My menu is starting to reflect the start of the seasons change with my plan to serve Soup On Sunday (yum). I'll be preparing both old and new soup recipes for our Sunday meals for the next few weeks. As you know, this is also the most popular time of year for those slow cooker recipes, and I am amongst the crock pot faithful. As always, I hope you find inspiration or a new family favorite in this week's fare. Have a great week.  

What's For Supper: Menu September 15, 2014


9.14.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #54

Psalm 1 Happy is the man that does not walk in the way of sinful men

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9.13.2014

Homemade Italian Sub

Like many folks, when Friday night rolls around, we like to hit the local pizzeria for quick takeout. It is nice to have someone else cook occasionally, but once you think about the time involved and realize how much of your hard-earned money the local pizzeria is taking...well, we thought we could do better! One of our favorite menu items has always been the classic Italian submarine sandwich. We learned we could get all of the ingredients, including really good sub buns, at the local grocer...and we could save money and time! The great thing is you can serve these hot or cold, and, if you prefer, you can make it a wrap...same great flavors, way fewer carbs.

Homemade Italian Subs

9.10.2014

Old Fashioned Chocolate Gravy for Breakfast

Homemade Chocolate Gravy is a family favorite from my Nanna's kitchen. I wrote the recipe in my cookbook as she dictated the ingredients and steps while she made some many moons ago. We still prepare it from time-to-time; it never fails to bring back wonderful memories. The only way I know to serve chocolate gravy is with hot biscuits and butter. My hubby did not grow up eating chocolate gravy and, as a result, he's not a fan...UNTIL...long after breakfast and the leftover gravy (if there is leftover) has cooled and set up; then he calls it pudding. 

Old Fashioned Chocolate Gravy for Breakfast
Breakfast favorite from childhood...Old Fashioned Chocolate Gravy

9.08.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 08, 2014

Like many folks, I frequently run into the issue of time when it comes to meal preparation - be it shopping, planning, whatever - and today is no exception. I can hardly believe it's Monday. Our weekend, featuring the hubby's annual trip to the alma mater for a football game, turned rather eventful and took us totally out of our rhythm, so I guess I have reason to be somewhat befuddled. This year, after the game he developed a health issue and spent the night in a hospital ER. Unfortunately, I was not with him on the trip, so I learned of everything after the fact while I fretted and prayed from afar. Thankfully, he is now home, getting follow-up treatment, and things are beginning to return to our normal. At times like these, I'm glad I make easy-to-make meals! I have never had designs on being Julia Child. I like preparing good food, but I don't want to be tied to the kitchen, either. I am glad I make food that allows me to be present with him, while preparing delicious meals we enjoy... and I think my menus reflect that. I hope you can find inspiration and maybe a new favorite recipe for your family. Prayers for a peaceful week for all.

What's For Supper: Weekly Menu September 08, 2014
What's For Supper: Menu September 8, 2014

9.07.2014

Faith Comes By Hearing #53

If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance


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 Fried Ice Cream Dessert
 
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9.05.2014

Creamy Garlic Sauce - Smoked Sausage Rotini

Here's a simple supper we whip up in a jiffy. and, in addition to its simplicity, it's budget-friendly, too. Smoked sausage has long been a family staple, and we learned that it is great with pasta when we made the Cheesy Smoked Sausage Pasta. We usually have a coupon for the sausage, and pasta is naturally inexpensive. This time, we used rotini, which is excellent for sauce recipes since the sauce gets caught up in the pasta swirls. Finally, the Creamy Garlic Sauce is so full of flavor it really makes any pasta recipe sing. This is an easy 30-40 minute meal for busy cooks who want home cooking, but don't have a lot of time.

Creamy Garlic Sauce - Smoked Sausage Rotini

9.03.2014

Fried Ice Cream Dessert

Back in the day one of our favorite Mexican restaurants served a dessert called Fried Ice Cream, and, from what I've been told, they actually did fry it. It was delicious...a combination of cinnamon, honey, and ice cream in a thin, crackly, outer coating - truly a dessert worth making room for! When I ran across a Fried Ice Cream copycat recipe, I couldn't wait to try it...and we were not disappointed. It has the flavors of the one I remember and it's easy to make as well...Win!

Fried Ice Cream Dessert
Copycat adaptation of Chi Chi's Fried Ice Cream

9.01.2014

What's For Supper: Menu September 1, 2014

I hope everyone is enjoying their long Labor Day weekend. We are calling it our second Sunday and truly making it a day of rest. It is hard to get re-calibrated, post-summer break, to the back-to-school clock, so the timing of this holiday is always a nice reprieve. For the menu this week, the popular Chicken Dumpling casserole returns, so, as I cook the chicken for that favorite, I will include extra for use when we make our Chicken spaghetti (essentially it's shredded chicken in marinara rather than the typical beef or sausage). It's a nice change the kids will enjoy, too. The Italian sausage and brats were on sale last week, and I had a meat department coupon for our favorite grocer, which played a role in both showing up on the menu this week. I am looking forward to making the Apple Cider Bundt cake; it's a new recipe and I will share the results with you in the near future. 
Happy September, everyone!

What's For Supper: Menu September 1, 2014