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Monday Musings

Monday Musings

Sunday night friends dinner is quickly becoming one of my favorite traditions. I look forward to it every week. This week we made creamy dill and salmon pasta, caprese salad, an antipasto platter and garlic bread. And for dessert we enjoyed some of the most delectable cheesecake I’ve had in a while. See, we eat like it’s a holiday every Sunday and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  By the way, I’ll be sharing the cheesecake recipe later this week so be sure to check back.

  • So what did you think of the Office finale? I thought it was good. The writers did a fabulous job. It was pretty funny and I am so glad that Michael Scott made an apperance. And his “that’s what she said” line was probably the best one ever. The show was kind of sad though, it was kind of like a good friend moving away. Oh well, at least there are still reruns. But what is Thursday night TV going to be like now? Any new shows that you’re looking forward to?
  • Speaking of shows I’m pretty bummed that NBC canceled some of the shows that I really liked this year like Deception, Go On and Smash. What are some shows, past to present, that you enjoyed but were canceled without a fair chance?
  • Kellan got his first puzzle this week. It’s the fish colors puzzle from Melissa and Doug. He LOVES it. It took a few tries but he can now fit all the pieces in relatively quickly and he even gets some of the colors right too. Lordy, he is growing up so fast. And judging by the way he was going down the big kids slide at the park today, it wouldn’t be out of line to say we have a daredevil on our hands too.
  • I’ll be heading to Austin in a few weeks for the BlogHer food conferece. I’ve never been to Texas before, unless you count flying into Dallas. I am, of course, most excited about the food. Do you have any suggestions for places that I should try while I’m there?
  • I planted four tomato plants in the garden this year. Now, provided I can keep them alive during these cold nights that we have been having, I should have a ton of tomatoes this year. I am not too big on canning so I was happy to discover these instructions on freezing tomato sauce over on Kalyn’s Kitchen. Have you ever tried freezing tomatoes? Do you prefer canning? How’s the flavor?

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  • Grandma

    I have tried canning and freezing both. To me the freezing is less work but either method leaves you with some tomatoes and lots of liquid (water). This year I will try making sauce and freezing that so I at least feel that I get something substantial for my time.

  • Maris

    Re: Freezing tomatoes – oven roast them first. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs. Roast at about 275 until they shrivel up into yummy globs of goodness. Freeze in serving-size containers. I take them out in the winter and just warm them up (and sometimes blend) to turn them into the best “fresh” pasta sauce you’ve ever had in November.

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