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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Same Old, Same Old (Guest Post)

Vickie, from A Day on the Urban Farm and Getting the Grocery Bill Low, is visiting to share two easy recipes to jazz up everyday dinners.  Please make her feel welcome!

Sometimes making dinner becomes just sort of automatic:  I get so busy that I just keep on making the same old, same old because it takes less effort. Then it hits me:  I don’t want to eat it because I’m tired of it and I’m sure my family is, too ... so I start trying to jazz up dinner just a little with different side dishes. All it really takes is just a few new ones a week to make cooking and eating dinner fun again.

This week, after looking around in my cookbooks and on blogs for ideas, I stumbled upon Cheddar and Chive Biscuits and an old favorite of mine, Seasoned Potatoes. For the Cheddar and Chive Biscuits, I used my basic recipe and just added their measurements for the chives and cheddar cheese.  Easy!

Cheddar and Chive Biscuits
2 cups of self-rising flour
1 cup of whipping cream (or you can use 1 cup of milk plus 1/3 cup of melted butter)
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tsp of chives
Measure self-rising flour with whipping cream or 1 cup of milk and melted butter till blended (don’t over mix) then mix in the shredded cheese and chives. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes till done. (Alea from Premediated Leftovers gave me the idea to substitute milk + butter for the whipping cream. She used it because she didn’t have any –but I found it’s cheaper and works just as well).

Potatoes are always on the dinner table at our house--mashed, fried, baked, etc.--as many ways as we can think of.  Yesterday we took an oldie but goodie out of our recipe box to jazz up dinner.

Seasoned Potatoes
3 or 4 potatoes (depending on how many people)
½ cup of butter melted
Seasoned salt
Cut potatoes into wedges and brush melted butter on top.  Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake at 400 degrees about 45 minutes until done.

Vickie is the author of A Day on the Urban Farm, where she writes about her experiences of living the country life in the city, and the coauthor of Getting the Grocery Bill Low, a blog about how to save money at the grocery store and more.

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  1. I love your variation on the biscuits! I think they would go well with Chili!

  2. i am always cooking same old same old. thanks these look delish!


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