You get to a point when you look in your kitchen cabinets in an unsuccessful search for a can of chicken noodle soup, finding instead way too many cans of beans and tomatoes. This happens because I pick up an extra can just in case, and then it goes into the abyss that is my kitchen organization. I am trying to make a big pot of soup on the weekends, which will turn into meals on a weeknight when neither one of us has an iota of energy to spare after work. So I turned to one of my favorite blogs, Stephanie O'Dea's " A Year of Slow Cooking." I found this super yummy Taco Soup Crockpot Recipe . It used up a ton of cans and turned out super delicious. It was not so much soupy. It was more of a chili consistency, and was so delicious. We have a ton for lunches and dinner. Yay!
I also made a lasagna sauce so that I can quickly put together a lasagna, maybe for Friday night. The best find in the bottomless pit of a cupboard was a can of pumpkin and a can of evaporate milk. I thought, "Yay, PIE!" Then I thought, "Oh, no, I have a serious lack of pie crust." After my initial panic, I remembered that I used to make pie crust all the time in the 80's and 90's. So I got out my favorite cookbook ever, "Good Housekeeping's Illustrated Cookbook." (circa 1980) I found my tried and true pie crust recipe and whipped it together. My edge is not so cute, but it was not for a festive event, so it's all good. It tasted fantastic and my sweet baboo has been walking around today in thinking I am awesome, saying, "I can't believe you made your own pie crust."
It was fun to have a day of cooking. It is such a fun, creative outlet when I have time. I also truly believe that food cooked with love is the healthiest!