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Mom’s got game


By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
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Do you ever feel like you need a new game plan? I feel that my mom game has slipped into the “C” grade recently and I am striving to be back in the “A” game. The slip came on gradually and quietly until one day when my husband asked so nicely, “Hey, what are some of the good suppers we used to have...maybe we (meaning me) could start making those again.” Help, I have fallen into the bland meal mode and can’t get up. The situation is that my inspiration needs rejuvenation! Actually, probably more like a total transformation! If only rhyming one’s words could get me back in the game.

Yes, I am in need of some cooking inspiration. My menu has hit a brick wall, despite the fact that my cupboard is filled with cookbooks, my TV is on the Food Channel as much as possible, and I have the desire to cook new things. So…why the lack of recipe motivation? Well, I hate to say it, but we have lost the spice in our family food relationship. Quick hot dishes, cheese, and cream of something soup have infiltrated my everyday life and creative recipes are losing to “hurry up and make it in 10 minutes”--- so the other evening tasks get done before falling asleep. Oh, the mama drama I have created. There is a slight possibility that my fading game plan is due only to this winter season and the darkness that prevails at 5:00 p.m. that drains my energy. Yes, let’s blame it on the darkness.

After arriving home after work yesterday, I resolved to not become completely overtaken by recipe blandness and started looking for inspiration online. Found it! A famous TV channel offered recipes with the headline of being “super easy” meals. One click and I was in! While viewing the first recipe, my eyes rolled as I read the first ingredient--- fig jam. Seriously, who keeps fig jam in their cupboard? It went downhill from there---gruyere cheese and a shallot were next on the list. But moms, we will not be defeated! Brown the hamburger with onion, add basil pesto, and noodles---the three ingredient meal that my husband decided was awesome. So, if you use basil pesto instead of cream of something soup, can it be called pasta and not hot dish? Ha. Yes, I think so.

Fast Calzones- YUM!

Grand biscuits

Use cooked chicken or canned if you are really in a hurry

Basil pesto---keep a jar in the fridge at all times

Parmesan cheese

1 tsp butter

Your favorite cooked veggie

Ground pepper

Roll the biscuit into a large circle, add ingredients, roll into a ½ moon/calzone shape, brush with egg whites and sprinkle salt on the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.

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