Thursday, December 16, 2021

What's For Dinner? December 16, 2021

 Good Morning!

Can you believe it is 50 degrees outside?  Weird, crazy, roller coaster weather again.  My little brother in Boulder, CO was getting high winds yesterday - branches down, patio tables knocked over and glass shattered, patio furniture cushions in the neighbor's yard, etc.  I do hope everyone is safe.

Yesterday was a nice day.  I went to the office and then was home before 10:30!!  And that included a stop at JoAnn's and also the State Store.  I saw a couple of people and heard others, but just did what I had come in to do and then left.  Last evening I baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies, so the baking continues.

Fletch got a tree!  He had the guy cut it way down and it is now in a tree stand on a table in the living room and looks great.  Lights are on, but it is not decorated yet...maybe tonight when Colin is over (though with the mild temps we may opt for a fire outside).  The best part is that it was still upright when I came downstairs this morning!!  Mabel has not shown a whole lot of interest in it which is a good thing.

Meanwhile, what's for dinner?  Tonight it is vegetable beef soup which I just started in the crock pot.  Later I'll bake some bread to go with that.  The recipe I'm sharing today is Colin's and it is what we had for dinner on Monday.

Cannellinni-Artichoke-Garlic Salad

  • 2 (14-16 oz) cans of white beans (cannellinni)
  • Head of Garlic
  • Jar of marinated artichokes (best in EVOO...most are in sunflower oil which is ok)
  • Fresh parsley

Chop/mince the entire head of garlic and sautee in EVOO.  Add the rinsed and drained beans.  Mash some, but keep some whole.

Drain, chop and add the artichoke hearts.  Once melded, season with salt and pepper and integrate a lot of chopped fresh parsley.  Remove from heat.

So delicious and nutritious!  We had it over some crusty bread that I had warmed in the oven.  This, by itself, was plenty for me (I did put some kalamata olives on the table too), but Fletch wanted a little something else, so he had some pepperoni on the side.

The dish comes together quickly and it is very inexpensive to make too.  A good vegetarian meal.

I'm off to a slightly later start than usual (a good night's sleep again!!), so I'd best get moving on my Thursday reports.  I'll check out blogs a bit later.  Have a wonderful Thursday!


  1. I threw the left over smoked turkey I've had in the freezer since Thanksgiving in the crockpot with some frozen soup vegetables the other day since we have no food in the house at the moment with all the kitchen drama going on. It smelled so good and The Mister said it was great. I made some pasta fazool for myself with some canned cannellini beans. That recipe sounds so good.

  2. That recipe sounds great! I don't have any cannellini or artichoke hearts, but I'm tempted to go to the grocery store. They are at least going on the list. I hope Mabel continues to behave herself and your Thursday is a good one!

  3. Yum, this recipe sounds delicious! I'd have it all to myself in my house, as no one else really likes beans, but that's no problem! I'm glad to hear that Mabel seems to be uninterested in the tree, and I hope it stays that way!

  4. It's warm and crazy windy here. We have the sunporch windows wrapped in thick plastic for the winter so the snow doesnt blow through the screens (there's no glass), but today we have to keep the door to the outside catio area closed, otherwise the window blows in and around and rips the plastic right off.

    I've got a stew in the slow cooker. Normally I save it for cold stormy days, but I just want easy leftovers for tomorrow. Dave will be at his Grandmas so I'd like something easy I can just heat up and eat (and try out my bowl cozy!)

  5. How nice! I hope you continue to sleep well so you keep being on top of your game!

  6. Thanks for the recipe. Beans (all varieties) are tasty both hot and cold. It was definitely windy yesterday - even stronger than Sunday’s winds.

  7. It's 65 here and we're under a high winds advisory, with gusts up to 50 mph. Nutty weather, but I'll take it in mid-December!

    We finally put up our tree last night--well, most of the way, anyway. Our cats just like to lie under it and snore. Hopefully, Mabel will be of a similar habit.

  8. Glad the little miss left your tree alone.

  9. I like that but I doubt my husband would like it...he is picky but I have to say I am picky in different ways :)

  10. That salad looks so delicious! (and I have all the ingredients in the house!)

    I will continue to keep my fingers crossed that Mabel finds not one thing of interest in your tree!