They had good stuff on sale at the grocery: Fish in steamer bags, frozen veg, cheese, potatoes and hothouse tomatoes. I baked an ovenful of potatoes the other night, because baked potatoes are SO GOOD and the leftover ones are so versatile. So this is what we had last night.

Made a pie crust. Or you could buy one ready-made. Or you could not bother, which is what I’m going to do next time. This is Tomato-Basil Pie, but next time it’s going to be Tomato-Basil Casserole. This is one of those dirty little secrets nobody ever tells you, like how it takes longer to recover from the episiotomy than it does from childbirth–if you don’t count the teenage years. But I’m telling you now, that you cannot cook tomatoes and bread together without the bread getting soggy. The crust was beautiful until after 30 minutes in a 350F oven with tomatoes in it. Then it was pure sog. Ick.

Anyway, for TOMATO-BASIL WHATEVER, you layer sliced tomatoes and salt/pepper/basil. Mix equal amounts of mayonnaise and cheese–Italian mix or Mozzarella for favorite. Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes and then let cool a bit. Except for the soggy crust, it was DELICIOUS. The crust that stuck up above the sog was also delicious.

I cut up a leftover potato and browned it in oil, then tossed in a handful of frozen chopped mirepoix of onion, green pepper and celery.

I popped one of the steamer bags into the microwave for 4 minutes on high, then let it rest for a minute. Meanwhile, I mixed softened butter and dill weed and poured it over the salmon on our plates.


Today is the last day of the contest to guess who I think I look like in my sleep apnea mask. Winner gets his or her choice of a Hot Flash on a mug, cap or mousepad.


writing prompt: Have a character cook a disappointing dish. Is it minor or is it a social or emotional disaster? Bear in mind that I once threw a pie crust up against a wall because it wouldn’t roll out right. The kids still talk about it, although it has since morphed into a whole chicken.