Thursday, November 18, 2021

What's For Dinner? 11/18/21

 Good Morning (just barely still morning)!

Another rather late start for moi.  I was up this a.m. but really didn't feel well, then I had to run over to feed the cats (Fletch had other plans and couldn't go) and then come back and run my usual Thursday reports.  Now it's almost lunchtime and all I want to do is take a nap!  And I will!

Thanks for all your commiseration on the dead mouse!  I'm happy to report that I have not seen any more (either last night or this morning).  And little Mabel continues to be into EVERYTHING!  A serious mischief maker if ever there was one.  The plant that she had tipped over twice was dumped again yesterday - potting soil/dirt all over the table and floor.  It is now on the kitchen counter which most likely is not a safe spot either (no place is safe).

Dinner last night was a pork loin that Fletch grilled and it was delicious!  We had new little potatoes steamed and I made a vegetable dish that my Mom used to make every Thanksgiving.  I don't make it for Thanksgiving because Colin won't eat it (he basically doesn't do dairy and this has cheese in it).  It is:

Scalloped Onions and Green Peppers

I sliced up a large Vidalia onion and half a yellow pepper, a red pepper and a green pepper.  I sauteed them in butter and then put them in a casserole dish.

Next you make a roux with 1/4 Cup butter and 1/4 Cup flour.  Stir in about 2 cups of milk and then a cup of shredded cheddar cheese.  Pour that mixture over the onions and peppers and bake at 350 for about 1/2 hour.

My Mom used to use the tiny pearl onions, but any onions work.  I've also used Jarlsburg cheese in place of the cheddar or a mixture of cheeses - it's all good.  Plenty of leftovers which is nice because Fletch LOVES this dish!

Colin & Mailing have asked that in addition to the pies I will make for Thanksgiving (apple, pumpkin and pecan) that I make my Mom's Cranberry Orange Relish and Fletcher's Mom's Cranberry Chutney.  Yesterday I made my Mom's relish.

A food processor makes this a very fast dish.  A few pulses and you are done!  I never measure anything for this.  I used a mess of fresh cranberries and 3-4 clementines that I cut into quarters.  Threw it all in the processor and pulsed.  Voila!  Put it in a bowl and then just added and mixed in sugar.  Again, I don't measure, I just taste it and when I think it's sweet enough it's done!  I like it to still have a little bite to it.  We had some with the pork loin last night and then we took a jar of it over to C&M's and left it in their garage frig for Thanksgiving day.

I'm hoping to make Fletcher's Mom's chutney today.  Here is the recipe:

Cranberry Orange Chutney

  • 1 lb cranberries
  • 1 15 oz box of raisins (golden or regular - either are good)
  • 1 large orange ground (I will probably use more of the clementines I have on hand)
  • 3 1/2 C sugar (I usually use a little less)
  • 1/2 C cider vinegar
  • 1.5 tsp ground ginger (I may grate some fresh and throw it in)
  • 1.5 tsp ground cloves
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon

Mix everything together in a lart pot and put on medium heat.  Simmer until the berries have popped - at least 1.5 hours.  Allow to cool then store in glass jars in the frig - it will keep just about forever!!

A few weeks ago I told you all about how brave Talbor was at the vet's and that he actually got a certificate of bravery (which I forgot to photograph at the time).  Well, here it is:

Isn't that the sweetest?

And little mischief maker just pulled a thread from a spool in my sewing cabinet...pulled it out of the office room across the hallway and into the kitchen.  Oy vey!  I've cleaned up that mess and now I think it might just be nap time!


  1. My husband is a huge fan of the cran-orange relish. I prefer the basic cranberry sauce, made from the recipe on the back of the bag. I love it warm, and use up the leftovers as jam. So good!

    I love hearing about Mabel's antics, especially since my senior cats are just lazy snugglers. Once in a while Marlowe will chase something around, like her golf ball (yes, a real golf ball), and Piper will paw at a wine cork, but nothing as fun as Mabel.

  2. That certificate is truly the sweetest thing. Zoey got her third set of shots and her rabies shots yesterday. She's all done except her spay. Apparently they may have misled us on her birthdate along with the parentage of these puppies. The vet thinks she's a few weeks younger than we were told so he postponed her spaying a few weeks. It was supposed to be the Monday after Thanksgiving.
    Your meals sound delicious and I know Dennis will love those scalloped onions. I'll be making them soon.
    I hope you're feeling better by now.

  3. I'm living on pretzels and gingersnaps since my kitchen is non-existent so I have to say reading your foodie posts are a bit hard to I don't think I've ever been so darn hungry. You'd think I'd lose a few pounds but I guess those gingersnaps and pretzels add up.

  4. Sounds like you adopted a tiny tornado. Lol.

    I was woken up at 6 am this morning because Burton was determined to open the blinds on his own so he could see the birds.

  5. I hope you've gotten a good nap by now! It sounds like you need to be well-rested to keep up with Mabel. Thanks for the reminder about the cranberry-orange relish. That's pretty much how my Mom used to make it (I think it was on the back of the Ocean Spray bag). I'm the only one here that likes it, but I want it this year, and I always think it's better if it's aged a bit. That cranberry chutney sounds interesting, too.

  6. That little one is going to keep you on your toes! LOL

    I can't believe it is already time to start making the Thanksgiving dishes! YIKES ... time really DOES fly when you get old (me, not you).

  7. I can sympathize--I only slept a few hours last night for some reason! I'm dragging right now! I think the extra work takes it out of you when it doesn't let up! Rest well tonight!

  8. Having a kitten sounds a lot like having a toddler!

    That cranberry chutney sounds really good. I have a bag of cranberries in the freezer, and I have all the other ingredients on hand other than oranges and raisins. Might try this next week!

  9. Oh, Mabel is going to keep you on your toes, that's for sure! Her antics make for fun blog-reading, although I'm sure it's not so fun to have to pick up spilled plants. Again. :-) I'm hoping to start some Thanksgiving prep this weekend.

  10. Mabel... you little rascal! LOL

    And thank you for that Chutney recipe! It sounds amazing! :)

  11. Mabel is keeping you on your toes!! Isn't it fun???!

  12. Oh dear, Mabel is a mischievous kitty!

  13. Oh a certificate of bravery is so darn cute. And the chutney my husband would 1ove.

  14. My hubby doesn’t do melted cheese, otherwise I’d be all over that veg dish! Ive only made chutney once and it was a bit of a disaster… too much ginger… but that one looks doable! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!