Due to all the requests to be able to post comments on my blog, I've created a real Blogger blog. Please give me a little time to settle in and figure out how it all works. Here's the link: In the Kitchen with Linda

I've changed the link from the banner on my home page to take you directly to the new blog.

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013

I don't really have anything to write about today but I wanted to mention something that I've been getting a lot of questions about since starting this blog. I'm getting requests for a way to post comments here. The trouble is that I'm not using regular blog software, which has that feature built in, and I don't have a clue how to add something like that manually to my site. I've kept my site very basic because I write the HTML code manually in Notepad. I do have a little concern about having a comments feature because I know that I'd have to deal with spammers if I had one. I suppose that there are ways of filtering out that stuff though before it gets posted. At this point, I'm not sure what to say other than that I will consider the idea and might implement that feature in the future if I can figure out how to go about it.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013

Well, here I am. I thought I'd just go ahead and post something today and see how it goes, this blogging thing. I hope you won't find this boring, reading about my cooking and shopping lists and all the hum-drum of my day-to-day low carb life. I'm not sure if I'll post something every day but I will pop in whenever I've got something to write about.

I baked a ham and cheese quiche this morning. Even though my husband isn't really eating low carb, he likes having some kind of quiche for his breakfasts. Quiches are handy because for half an hour's work, you get a few days worth of breakfasts all ready to reheat in the morning. For the quiche I made today, I basically followed this recipe: Ham & Swiss Cheese Quiche. Walmart has lately had packages of about a pound and a half of honey-baked ham scraps for a very good price. I split the package into three portions and freeze them to use in this quiche. I add 8 ounces of cheddar cheese, or whatever cheese I have on hand, usually 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of heavy cream. For extra flavor, I add a squeeze of Dijon mustard. Jerry says this is his favorite quiche so I make it every couple of weeks.

I also cooked up a package of poblano cheddar sausage links that I found marked down at HEB (a local grocery chain). They'd been in the freezer for quite some time and it was about time to use them. The label said there were 3 carbs per link but they must be from the chiles and the cheese because there was no sugar added.

I've been enjoying the leftovers of the Italian Casserole that I made on Thursday. There are still two or three servings left and it's one of my favorites. I was planning to make Spinach Lasagna but realized that I'd forgotten to buy the spinach earlier in the week. Oops! In any case, both casseroles are favorites so I wasn't disappointed.

This morning I had an unexpected experience with a carton of heavy cream, also from HEB. The carton hadn't been opened yet and it's the kind that has a little pour spout on the side of it and you need to pull out a plastic plug before using it the first time. Imagine my surprise when I started to tug on the pull tab and the whole spout came out in my hand. First thing tomorrow morning I will call HEB and let them know about the problem. Luckily I still had the empty carton that I'd just finished off and poured the new cream into it. I couldn't very well store the cream in a carton with a gaping hole in the side of it.

Earlier today I compiled a quick list of food items, and a few other things, that I won't have to spend my grocery money on once our son moves out. Milk and cold cereal are probably my biggest expenses every week. I stock up on dry cereal whenever I see a good sale on it. Luckily, my son doesn't mind eating the store brands because those are often on sale for the best price. Some other things that I won't need to buy anymore are orange juice, ice cream, chips, bread, pasta, rice, soda, frozen pizzas, cookies, tortillas, flour and Bisquick. And, of course, our other food will go farther when we've only got the two of us to feed instead of three. Mind you, it's no hardship having our son living with us. He's a good kid. Besides paying us room and board, he's also been paying our cable TV bill all these years. I won't miss that much after he's gone but I think that Jerry will. I've got so many other things to do with my time that TV isn't a high priority for me.

Please let me know what you think of my new blog and also tell me if there's anything in particular that you'd like me to write about.