Hey guys, how is everybody today? Deb and I are both fine and would like to thank you guys for stopping back by!
My Mom’s brother, who is my Uncle Harold, is a sport model. There’s no one, and I do mean no one, who likes to laugh, joke, cut-up, and just have a good time than ole Uncle Harold.
He’s married to my Aunt Ann, who is one great lady, mother, and cook. Man, she can put some groceries on the table. She gave Deb and I a recipe last year for squash pickles, and I swear, those dern things are delicious. They’re my pickle of choice now, hands down!
Anyway, Aunt Ann calls Uncle Harold, Pop, as do many of his friends, as well as his kids. They have 3 boys.
The oldest Danny, is a workin Trojan, and just like his Dad when it comes to laughin and cutting-up. Actually, Larry and Gary are funny as well, but when it comes to Danny and his “Pop,” well, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with those two.
He told me at a family reunion once, when I’d asked if Danny could make it, he says, “No Dub, that guy’s workin again. That dern boy works all the time. Matter of fact, I asked Ann once, ya reckon that they gave us the wrong baby when we left the hospital?”
That’s the kind of guy he is. You never know what’s fixin to come out of his mouth!
Anyway, I’ve told this story to you guys before, but it’s been many moons ago. I think that it’s funny enough to share with you again…
My Mom has a brother who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. He’s my Uncle Harold. Harold owned and drove a cattle truck quite a few years. He’d pick up a load of cows from a market here in Central Fla. and haul them to Texas, wherever.
After coming back from hauling a load out west, Uncle Harold walked into his home, Aunt Ann met him at the door, and asked him to sit down she’d like to speak with him. Well he’d been gone six weeks and had no idea what she might want. He walked to the sofa and sat down.
Aunt Ann told him she was pregnant.
Uncle Harold told me he jumped off the couch, and went straight into their bedroom. He said at that point he sat down on the edge of the bed and contemplated what he’d just been told. After thinking on it a minute, Uncle Harold told me he leaned over to their dresser, reached into the top drawer, pulled out the pistol they kept there, thumb-cocked it, and put the gun to his head!
He told me he thought about it for a little while, then put the gun back in the drawer. I asked him why in the world he’d done such a thing??
He looked at me a minute, laughed and said, “You know Dub, after considering the situation for a moment or two, I felt that I just might be…killing an innocent man!”
That’s Uncle Harold to a tee! Again, you never know what’s fixin to come out of his mouth at any time! What a guy, and we all love him! You too, Aunt Ann!
Today’s recipes come once again from the cookbook, Taste of Home…Casseroles & One Dish Meals.” It can be purchased at your local supermarket, where Deb and I got our copy.
It has some really good recipes for economical, and easy to fix meals. Check it out, you guys may find it’s helpful to you in putting some good groceries on your own table!
Let’s fire off a dern cook stove!
- 2 cups chopped, fresh broccoli
- 1-1/2 cups sliced, fresh carrots
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken
- 1 carton (10 oz.) refrigerated Alfredo sauce
- 1 cup biscuit/baking mix
- 1/3 cup 2% milk
- ¼ teaspoon dill weed
In a large skillet, sauté the broccoli, carrots and onion in oil until crisp-tender. Stir in chicken and Alfredo sauce; heat through. Transfer to a lightly greased 8 in. square baking dish.
In a small bowl, combine the biscuit mix, milk and dill just until moistened. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto chicken mixture.
Bake, uncovered, on 400 for 18-22 minutes or until bubbly and biscuits are golden brown.
Cheryl Miller, Fort Collins, Colorado
Chicken Nugget Casserole
- 1 package (13-1/2 oz.) frozen chicken nuggets
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 can (26-1/2 oz.) spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Place chicken nuggets in a greased 11 x 7 in. baking dish.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer with spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning. Cover and bake on 350 for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is heated through and cheese is melted.
Tylene Loar, Mesa, Arizona
Garden Vegetable & Chicken Skillet
- 1-1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ½ in. cubes
- 1 medium yellow summer squash, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup uncooked instant brown rice
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
In a large skillet, sauté the chicken, squash, onion and carrot in butter for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink; drain. Add the spinach, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper; cook 2 minutes longer.
Stir in rice and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until rice is tender. Stir in lemon juice.
Taste of Home Test Kitchen