10 April 2006 - 9:58 AM
It probably says something about my life at the moment that for me, a sign of a really good weekend is no dirty dishes in the sink and homemade leftovers in the fridge when I go to bed on Sunday night.
What it says, well, I leave that for someone else to decide. I had a good weekend. I need to empty the dishwasher when I get home tonight, but the sink is clear, and I cooked.
I didn't make anything wild or fancy. I'm saving my energy for Easter, because somehow I got suckered into doing that. Sis sent me an email which could be boiled down to 'So you're doing Easter dinner, right? RIGHT?'
And I said yes, because Maman is away this week and won't be back until Saturday afternoon, and Sis is pregnant and probably has obligations at her church, and I? am still a good Southern girl and like to cook. I am foisting parts off on Maman and Sis, and most of what I have planned is easy and something I've done before. The hardest part will be the housework. I think I probably need to completely rearrange my living/dining room space, but I should probably not try to do that now. Get things tidied up for the weekend, contemplate massive furniture moving later.
Heh, maybe if I'm clever I can bring up rearranging the furniture as a topic of conversation at Easter dinner, and I can get Maman and Sis to rethink my floorplan for me, and then just have to drag the furniture without having to contemplate so hard.
So anyway, I cooked, and even tried a new recipe. I got some sourdough rolls, and made meatloaf with mushroom gravy and tomato casserole. The tomato casserole is, I think, my new favourite side dish for meatloaf. The base recipe was in the March 2006 Southern Living; I tweaked a couple things and tarted it up a bit.
Cheesy Tomato Casserole
Preheat oven to 325 F.
Combine casserole ingredients and stir well to combine; pour into a 9-inch square baking pan.
In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and toss well. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the casserole.
Bake 30 minutes or until bubbling. Serves 4-6.