Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Rainy Day Recipes

It's been raining since I woke up (which, OK, wasn't really that long ago since I am officially a lazy bum and have been crawling out of bed around 10:30 for the last month or so) and the weather shows a chance of thunderstorms and rain showers for the rest of the day. Other than a long run later this afternoon, I have no plans for the day, so the rain is actually a nice change of pace from all this dryness and heat that we've been dealing with this summer. I know the grass and the trees and the fruits & veggies in our little porch garden are probably loving this!

In honor of being "stuck" inside on a lazy summer day, I thought I would post a couple of recipes that Gearry and I love, and hopefully you may enjoy as well. The Pierogi Casserole is a dish from Gearry's best man Tim's mom. We had it at Tim's house once and I insisted on getting the recipe. I made it yesterday and it turned out really well! Unfortunately, it is beyond not-healthy... buuuuuuut, it's a nice treat every once in awhile. The Youngs' Salsa recipe was made famous at various rowing regattas over the last few years and continues to be a summer favorite... tasty and good for you.

Pierogi Casserole

3 cups mashed potatoes (give or take... instant work best)
1 lb. grated cheese (shredded cheddar works great)
2 onions (Vidalia or white)
Lasagna noodles
1 stick butter

1. Boil lasagna noodles & prepare potatoes.
2. Saute onions in 1/2 stick butter.
3. Add onions to potatoes.
4. Butter 9 x 13 casserole dish with remainder of butter.
5. Arrange noodles on bottom of dish.
6. Top with potatoes.
7. Sprinkle with cheese.
8. Repeat layers. (I got about 4 layers out of this...)
9. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Youngs' Salsa

1 can Hunt's diced tomatoes with chili's (drain these just a tiny bit)
2 cans whole kernel corn (drained)
2 cans black-eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
1/2 of a green pepper
Fresh onion (chopped)
Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing (to taste)

Mix everything together, adding the dressing until you get a consistency and taste that you like. Best if made the night before.

Well, there you go! Enjoy today, whether it's raining where you are or bright and sunny or something in-between. There are special little things inside everyday... unfortunately we're all either too busy or too distracted or too down on ourselves and the world to see them most of the time. As a very wise eight-year old girl I had the pleasure of meeting once told me, "I think everything in the world is beautiful if you just look at it in the right way." Wow.

- Stacey

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