Category Archives: Food

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares and Cheesy Potato Corn Cakes

This is the first recipe the kids and I decided to make.

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My mom printed this recipe on October 30, 1998, but as you can see, it won the 1974 Pillsbury bake-off competition! I made a few changes such as eliminating celery since I didn’t have it on hand and I don’t really like it. I also cooked chicken breasts and used my favorite spices on the chicken.

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It was super easy to make and could be adapted to taste, such as a bbq version, a spicier version, a meatless version, etc..

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After adding the chicken:

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Filing the squares.

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I topped them with Parmesan cheese rather than croutons.

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After we decided on the Crescent Squares, we needed a side dish. This one was easy to throw together too and could also be adapted to different tastes. Here is the recipe.

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My mom printed this recipe in 2006! My youngest daughter was less than a month old at that time. We were living in New Hampshire and my mom was in Mississippi.

Overall, my oldest daughter and I loved the crescent squares and my two youngest loved the corn cakes. Go figure. This is the beginning of the corn cakes.

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Here are the corn cakes frying up.

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Here are the scores: The crescent chicken squares received a 6.5, 8, 8.5, and 9. The corn cakes received a 10, 8.5, 7, and 5.

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My youngest daughter made us place cards. She also set the table. You can always tell when she sets the table because she’s left handed.

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Overall, the first dinner was a success! My kids had fun helping and I think they were surprised at how good it all turned out. Maybe a great side effect of this project is they will learn to love cooking!

 

The Beginning

My mom has collected recipes for as long as I can remember. In elementary and middle school, we had a lot of Hamburger Helper, quiche, and lima beans. I am certain we didn’t have lima beans as much as I remember, but I do remember a lot of nights having to drink milk immediately after eating a single bean. Their texture and taste are awful. I have never made them for my kids and haven’t eat them since I was little.

Although my mom collected recipes, she didn’t cook a whole lot after I got into high school. I believe her habits are a lot like how we use Pinterest today. We pin so many things, but ultimately only cook/ make/ decorate a very small number of things that we pin.

I inherited my mom’s box of collected recipes 8 years ago. The recipes are mostly printed ones she found online, but there are some magazine and newspaper clippings, a notebook, and some hand-written recipes. The printed recipes date as far back as 1998 and as recent as 2009. Some of the magazine clippings are from 1992 and I believe some of the recipes from the newspaper are from the 80s. I am still sorting through them all and putting the printed recipes in three-ring binders. I will share a picture as soon as that job is complete. I think it’s safe to say there are more than 10,000 recipes.

I initially wanted to throw away the printed recipes because there are so many and my mom and I did not have the same tastes in food, however, a friend of mine begged me not to throw them out. So I didn’t. That’s where this idea started, to cook all of the recipes that she wanted to make, but never did. To finish what she started. Due to the amount of recipes, I am uncertain if I will finish the job myself, so that’s why I am getting my children involved. If I don’t finish the job, I would like to believe that my kids would ultimately finish this for her.

What I want from this project, is to look back on her life and imagine what she was doing when she printed this recipe. What milestones were happening in our lives? It’s also a fascinating walk down memory lane as some of the recipes have ads from the 80s and 90s.

The kids and I cooked our first meal last night, which I will be posting shortly.

 

The Rock in Wylie

I live in Wylie, Texas and the best way to describe this city is a fast-growing city that developers are slow catching on to. This means that we don’t have much here so when something opens, it stays packed for a while. Target, Rosa’s, Home Goods, Kroger, and the latest addition, The Rock Wood Fired Pizza are just some examples.

This place opened on December 29th. We tried coming that night but the wait was an hour and a half. With three children, that just doesn’t work. We tried again last night and the wait was two and a half hours. That definitely wouldn’t work! So my strategy changed and we got here this morning as soon as they opened. It worked. We got a seat instantly but the place was packed within 30 minutes. The food did take a little longer that a normal restaurant but I’m not surprised because again, everything is packed when it opens and for a new restaurant, that can be overwhelming.

What I love about this place is that it’s great for kids and adults. The kids got a box of dough along with their menu and crayons. It kept them occupied for a while, which will be great if the adults decide to have a drink. This is the nifty little box it came in….

 

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And this is what they did with their dough:

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Two of my children had the mac and cheese, which was definitely not Kraft. That’s a great thing in my book. My oldest got a pepperoni pizza, which she said was good. I got the Sharp Dressed Man, which is a steak sandwich. It was delicious. The fries are beer battered and tasted okay, but not my favorite, however, my daughters loved them and finished them off. I did like that they had mustard on every table, which is rare. I heart mustard.

I would definitely come here again. Like I said, Wylie is due for some fantastic restaurants, especially restaurants that cater to both adults and kids. Plus the food is pretty great.