Saturday, June 19, 2010

Enjoying the Fruits of Our Labors

Okay, potatoes are not a fruit, but still.  It's nice to put a meal together from what you've grown and produced yourself.  Anything with potatoes is a winner with YOF.  If sauce is also involved, he's a happy man.

We harvested and dehydrated potatoes from the garden a few weeks ago and, now that I have some time on my hands to really cook, I decided to use some of them to make Scalloped Potatoes for supper tonight.   It's such a basic dish but I've never made it using dehydrated potatoes before so I did some research online to make sure it was feasible and find out if there were any do's and don'ts I should know about. I did find some recipes but you know I have to tweak, so here's what I ended up with:

3 cups dried potatoes, spread evenly in a flat baking dish.  
(I used a clear pyrex that measures approximately 7x11 inches)
Mix 2 tablespoons each of corn starch, flour & powdered milk 
and sprinkle evenly over the potatoes.
Use a small saucepan to sautee 1/3 cup diced onion
in 3 tablespoons melted butter until the onion is transluscent.
Pour the onion and butter evenly over the potatoes.
In the same saucepan, bring 2-3/4 cups water to a boil.
Then remove from heat and add 1/3 cup powdered milk.
Pour the water/milk mixture over the potatoes.

Bake at 325 degrees for 50-55 minutes. 

We're having sausage tonight and while the potatoes are in the oven, I'll be preparing fresh green beans that my niece and I picked from the garden this afternoon.  I love it when I have time to actually cook! 


  1. The little stud? It doesn't matter what other people think, but monkeys they are, talkers of the talk but not walkers of the walk, and if you look close their entire life is likely laid out in that pattern.

    About the boys, I had hoped the overtime would let you cover half the air fare, but that's just me being optimistic. I'm sorry it didn't work out this year, hopefully next year.

    Fresh picked green beans? There's a flavor the stores can't match. For a different texture, and a taste treat on a cold day dry some and make a green bean dish from your dried beans. I mean dry the entire green bean, I'm not talking about shelled beans. If your harvest is out pacing your ability to use them up give this a try.

  2. The overtime was not on the table when the demand was made. The demand was right then and there, ante up or forget it. I didn't have it so I couldn't. The overtime was offered a couple of weeks later but you don't get paid for it until it's all done ...which will be about the second week in August. She would not have taken an IOU, not from me. Oh well.

    I'm glad Shorty got a good home and REALLY glad he's not in my paddock anymore. YOF repaired the electric fence this morning. Multi-talented guy. : )

    I will try that with the beans ...thanks!

  3. You are "I am a wife and a mother and a grandmother. I am a Christian and stubborn about my principles. I believe in right and wrong and that there is very little that falls into the gray area in between. I am fiercely loyal to my principles, one of the first of which is being loyal and supportive to my husband."

    That describes me perfectly. Nice to meet another woman so close to my heart.

    My hubby is my soulmate.

    Thanks for visiting Right Truth, don't be a stranger.

    Feel free to link to anything I have there, I'm all about spreading the word.

    Right Truth

  4. Thanks, Debbie. Ain't it great to be married to our soulmates?