Friday, November 5, 2010

A call for recipes

I'm not a busy mom. Mostly because I am not a mom. But I am one of those weak-willed creatures for whom it does not take much to overwhelm. That didn't make sense, did it? my English major self scolds. In other words, I do lead a busy life and when I get home from work, I'm usually just jumping in the shower before grabbing dinner and dashing off again. And then even when I have evenings to myself, I don't want to do anything. Just lounge on the couch and watch re-runs of The Office. Because I am a wimp like that.

So what I try to do once a month or so is make a lot of food and freeze it so that I can just grab and nuke as needed. But let me tell you, as much as I lurrrrrv me some Mexican, enchilada casserole can get old after a while. Plus, it is a whole new season now, so I'm in the mood for soups, stews and the like. Or anything I can make in a crock pot, really. And mark my words, there will be potatoes all over my kitchen counter soon.

The only catch is that I don't want to spend a lot of money, so I'm drawn to recipes that will use things that I probably already have on hand. This means that I envision quite a bit of chicken tortilla soup in my future. My itty bitty kitchen is always stocked with corn, beans, salsa, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth. And spices. And loooove (insert cheesy head-tilt here).

So can you help a sister out? What are some of your favorite fall/winter recipes? And does anyone have an UH-MAZING homemade spaghetti sauce recipe to share? That one has proven most elusive to me. Send me your recipes and I'll even blog about it. If you know my propensity towards disaster in the kitchen, it could be pretty high-larious.

Please and thank you!


  1. you should check out my friend's cooking blog.
    They just posted a recipe for chicken and dumplings :) and their food always looks delish! ;)

  2. let me get home and see what i can find. :-) and remind me if my brain forgets. gonna love me some crockpot recipes too this winter...

  3. Oooo, I will be stalking the comments for some great ideas! The chicken and dumplings sound delish! I was wanting a slow cooker chicken pot pie; this recipe sounded good but I haven't tried it yet.

  4. I just love, and live on wholesome English food. Such as KFC, McDONALDS, PIZZAHUT and the odd curry.
    Seriously though, i can't cook at all. Which makes me a typical English bloke i suppose lol.
    BTW i am a Hoh 45 yr old man called Chris, been reading and enjoying yr blog for a month now. Cheers

  5. Not to disclose all of my secrets, but my sauce is great and though it doesn't quite count as homemade, I'll share it with you.

    1 can Contadina Tomato Paste with Italian Seasoning

    Dump in a saucepan, fill the can with water. Add the water to the pot. Stir. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir.

    Enjoy over your favorite pasta.