Kitchen Stories, Family Time and a Recipe
I've spent too much time in the kitchen this past week. You see, my son arrived on Wednesday afternoon and is staying a few weeks before he goes back to Boston to finish off the last weeks of his school work. Then he'll be starting school at Penn State University mid August, we will be helping in the "big move". His new apartment is on the third floor with no elevator... eep.
As much as I love my boring life where every day could look exactly the same, I enjoy the busyness of having him home. Making dinners that he loves and doesn't cook for himself. Yesterday we had a winter meal of baked chicken thighs, mashed potatoes and gravy. It felt weird to be eating with summer in full swing. He was quite happy though. I come from a long line of family members that show love through food. Lots and lots of food. I like that kind of tradition.
Today my sister and her husband arrive for the holiday weekend and later tonight my nephew and his wife will arrive as well. My house will be full! I have made so far: rice chex treats - potato salad - chicken is marinating - and I'm whipping up the spinach rice salad as I type this up.
Here is the loosy goosy version of my spinach rice salad:
chop up a bunch of spinach and place in a big shallow pyrex dish -
make 1/2 cups of rice with some broth (I'm using chicken today)
when the rice is cooked spread over the spinach to wilt and place timer on for 20 minutes
mix together the dressing recipe below in a separate bowl:
-1/4 cup and 1/8 cup of olive oil
-1/8 cup of lemon juice
-1 tsp of oregano
-1 tsp of italian seasoning or basil
-1/4 tsp of black pepper
When the rice is done wilting the spinach pour dressing and mix all together.
add whatever chopped vegetables you'd like - celery, red pepper, cucumber and black olives. Refrigerate and serve cold. I sometimes drizzle more olive oil for the final toss.
Also feta cheese added before serving is super yum! Enjoy!
My house is clean (sort of) and I'm ready (sort of). I am looking forward to some family time :)
Have a wonderful weekend and for all of my fellow Americans, may you have a blessed safe Fourth of July!
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