One evening I was watching "Wheel of Fortune" on television. I enjoy trying to solve the puzzles. For one puzzle, the category was: Event. The puzzle consisted of eight words. As the contestants chose the letters, I couldn't believe my eyes. The answer to the puzzle was: SITTING DOWN TO DINNER WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY. When did this become an event?
Growing up, having a meal together as a family was simply a daily occurrence. Sitting around the table allowed us a chance to connect and share the happenings of the day.
I guess in many households these days, enjoying a meal together on a regular basis is no longer an option. So, on those rare occasions when the family is able to share a meal, it truly is an event.
Serve over cooked egg noodles or mashed potatoes
TURKEY MEATBALLS AND GRAVY
1-lb. ground turkey
1/2 tsp. Emeril's seasoning (see Note)
1/8 tsp. pepper
scant 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
1/8 tsp. dried basil
1-1/2 T. minced onion
Combine ingredients. Shape into 12 to 13 balls. Brown in a large skillet, adding some veg. oil if needed. After browning, remove meatballs from skillet and set aside. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel.
To skillet, add:
1 can cr. of chicken soup
1 can cr. of mushroom soup
Water/milk to thin as desired
Dash of Kitchen Bouquet
Heat over low burner. Add the meatballs and heat through. Simmer 15 to 20 min.
Note: I used a homemade version of Emeril's seasoning. Recipe follows.
LITTLE BIT OF 'BAM'
1 T. paprika
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried parsley
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground oregano
1/4 tsp. ground basil
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/8 tsp. celery salt
Mix well. Store in airtight container.
Note: I store the seasoning in a 2 oz. jar that once held diced pimentos. Be sure to label. I've added this seasoning blend to many dishes - meats, veggies, pasta ... Double recipe if desired.
Simple and bursting with flavor
CARROTS AND MUSHROOMS
4 cups sliced raw carrots
2 T. butter or margarine
1 tsp. olive oil
heaping 1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can mushrooms, drained
Salt and pepper
Salad Supreme seasoning
Mrs. Dash (table blend)
Place carrots in saucepan. Cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook until crisp-tender. Drain. Meanwhile in skillet, saute onions in butter and olive oil. Add cooked carrots and mushrooms. Season to taste. Heat through and serve.
A spring favorite
EASY RHUBARB DESSERT
4 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
1 (3-oz) pkg. raspberry flavored gelatin
1/3 cup sugar
1 (18-1/4 oz) pkg. yellow or white cake mix
1 cup warm water
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
Spread rhubarb in a greased 9 x 13 in. glass baking dish. Sprinkle with dry gelatin, sugar and lastly, the dry cake mix. Pour water evenly over top. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until rhubarb is tender.
Note: Great warm! May wish to serve with ice cream.
Just a thought: The dining room is the place where we eat our meals while the kitchen is being painted.