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I have been trying to find a way to work some anchovies into our diet.  They are so good for you, rather inexpensive, and store in the cupboard (I’m trying to reduce our dependence on our chest freezer as well…if we were to lose power for a day in the summer we would lose hundreds of dollars in food.) 

So here is the first dish I found that actually sounded good.  My take on Mr. Janssen’s temptation:

  • 2-3 lbs of potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • fresh pepper
  • 1 1/3 cup cream
  • 1 tin of anchovies (mine was 2 oz)
  • bread crumbs
  • Parmesan cheese

Slice potatoes (about 1/4 inch) and start making a layer in a greased 9×13 pan.  Slice onion and layer over potatoes.

Now for the scary part, the anchovies (why was I so afraid to try these?)  If you are realy unsure as to how these will go over, soak them in milk before you start any of this recipe to help tone them down some.  I just drained mine and put a couple fillets in on top of the onions (6 fillets). 

Repeat potato and onion layers with the rest of the anchovies on top of that and follow up with one more layer of potatoes.

Pour 1 cup of the cream over the potatoes and reserve the other 1/3 for later use.  Sprinkle the top with fresh pepper, a very light sprinkle of breadcrumbs (a hand full), and even less Parmesan cheese. 

Put in a 475 degree oven for 30 minutes.  At this point, pour in the additional cream and bake another 15 minutes.  Dish is finished when potatoes are tender.

I only told one child (who has asked for anchovies for awhile now) that the potatoes had anchovies in them.  I didn’t even tell my husband until after he had seconds.  Everyone ate it and liked it.

The results were wonderful.  Tasty, mild hints of fish and very economical.  We served it with bacon wrapped asparagus, I love asparagus season!

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Has anyone else been absolutely stumped when it comes to what to cook for supper lately?  I think it is all the sewing, but I am beyond un-inspired when it comes to meals as of late.  I did stop sewing this weekend for a much needed home clean-sweep.  Isn’t funny how once you get started it is hard to stop! 

We started cleaning out flower beds, but then cleaned out the garage yesterday.  Oh, our garage gets so very cluttered in the winter.  It is a very small garage.  Forest’s old Toyota Celica would go in, the mini-van I am not fond of…not so much.  If need be the truck would fit in there, though you might have to climb out the window.    During the winter, it is the dumping spot for all sorts of nothingness.  Eight trash bags later, you can walk freely and park the girls’ bikes in there.  Yes, it has been warm enough for them to be out biking! 

In our garage is our beloved freezer.  It is still relatively full and I took a visual inventory while out there.  I was concerned I made too much applesauce last fall, but not so as we still have quite a bit left.   There is still a ton of veggies left out there as well as odds and ends of meat, lots of broth, and a few bags of fruit.

Here’s my list of things I want to use up, we seem to have a surplus of them:

  • broth
  • zucchini
  • rhubarb
  • sour cream (it was on sale, I bought extra, we already had plenty)

To help plan on using some of these things up, I am going to try a loose meal plan for the week.  I used to do a meal plan and it really helped.  It is time to get back into that habit and I am thinking next week will be a no-grocery week so we can eat out of the freezer and save a bit of money for some bedding plants and mulch.   To complicate things, soccer starts this week.  It’s been a blissful two weeks without swimming, now soccer starts.  We have practices Mon and Wed at 4:30 and Forest is going to help coach.  There is no game schedule yet, but if I am remembering right this is a fairly short season.   This week I am also working on Fri and Sat, so that is two meals I do not need to bother with.  My goal for Mon and Wed will be quick and easy meals or (like Sunday lunch) a crockpot meal.

Monday- Oven Fried Shrimp, wild rice, and broccoli

Tuesday- Beef, Pepper, and Mushroom Fajitas

Wednesday-Beef Stew in the crockpot with potatoes, peppers, and onions

Thursday- Sausage Lasagna (with  lots of zucchini in it)

Sunday Lunch- Whole chicken with new potatoes and carrots

While doing at that, I also cleaned out the pantry cupboard and refrigerator.  Next is the rest of the kitchen cupboards.  There is a big yard sale in my near future.  I have quality things I want to get rid of and would like a bit o f cash for an upcoming trip.  Also on my list is a massive sorting of all little girl clothes and toys…the two things that seem to take over my home!

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