I spent Wednesday evening baking up a bunch of cupcakes for my boss’s birthday today:
I won’t out his age, but it was a milestone birthday ending in a zero, and a few of us just couldn’t let it slide without doing something to acknowledge it. I had originally intended on making this Beef and Potato Moussaka that night, but I got lazy and didn’t do my prep work (as you’ll see, it needs to cook quite awhile).
Instead, I made it this evening. It’s yet ANOTHER winter-like day out.
I tell ya, this nonsense is getting old. This is turning into a Long Winter. Or “The Winter that Wouldn’t Die.”
I had taken my last pound of grass-fed ground beef out to thaw (and boo to you Hy-Vee for no longer carrying Rain Crow Ranch Meat…Which just means I need to start utilizing the new meat market we now have in town, or just wait for the Farmers’ Market to open up), and I went looking for something to make with it. I came upon a recipe for a Meat and Potato Gratin that looked good enough to me!
I figured that if I did some prep work ahead of time, I could assemble the casserole while the oven preheated and we could still eat dinner at a reasonable time.
We didn’t let it set the full 15 minutes–More like 12-13, so it was a little runny. But it tasted decently enough…And since it was about 7:30 when we finally sat down, we all (and by that I mean Jay and I, because of course the bambino took a bite, decided it was tasty and then declared he was full) inhaled it.
And now, I think I’m going to go hibernate for the rest of the evening.