Just because this is a food blog doesn’t mean there will always be a really cool recipe. Today’s post is more about “thawing” and “throwing” than anything else. Once a month there is a Wednesday night cover dish supper at the church and since my son Seth and his wife Laura (with Vivian-3 and Ezra-almost 2) were in town from Indiana and hoped to see friends at the gathering it made it to the calendar! Now, what to take? Knowing there would be a flood of people through the holidays and expecting to make the traditional Christmas meal, I had purchased and stored in the freezer a big turkey and a large, fully cooked ham. Since the meals that actually happened never accommodated these “mains” and the ham was quick and easy, it was elected for sacrifice. Easy, peasy…place in sink of hot water (still in its plastic shrink-wrap , of course) for about an hour then put in a large electric roaster on low for about four hours. How hard is that? What else? Right, the fund-raiser frozen cookie pucks-white chocolate macadamia-yum. How hard can that be? A side dish? This is the “recipe” part. A large can of baked beans, already well seasoned with brown sugar, was ready to join the cause, yet all alone would appear puny. 😦 On the shelf above the canned goods was the large container of rice. That would do it! Two cups of dry rice were put in the rice cooker with sufficient water and salt, prepared, and mixed with the beans, or rather thrown in a bowl and mixed quickly (while I was brushing my teeth since time got away and the dinner was starting in only moments)! Multi-tasking is a mom’s trademark. The rice increased the bean offering and was a hit. Sometimes it’s the simple things. Also, using the ham provided tomorrow’s pantry raid!
Sometime during the day, the “grands” had a nutritious snack and the “remains of the day” looked artistically positioned on the counter so I snapped a picture.