Last night’s dinner

The chicken turned out really nicely just by bunging everything into the pot. I stirfried some greens in a bit of the sauce that was made in the pot during cooking and tossed the whole thing with cooked spaghetti.

Dinner was lovely and healthy and neede to be ruined by a nice dessert. I had a yen all of a sudden for cinnamon loaf but didn’t have the time to make a nice eggy bread. This recipe did the trick.

•2 cups flour
•1 teaspoon baking powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking soda
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•l tablespoon ground cinnamon
•1 1/3 cups sugar
•l large egg
•1/4 cup butter
•l cup buttermilk

•Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8×4 loaf pan. In a small bowl, combine l tablespoon of cinnamon and 1/3 cup of sugar. Set aside.

•Step 2
In large bowl, whisk together 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Set aside.

•Step 3
In mixing bowl of electric mixer: combine 1/4 cup unsalted butter which has been softened. Add l cup sugar and l egg and mix well.

•Step 4
Place half the flour mixture into egg/butter mixture and alternate mixing
with 1 cup of buttermilk until well combined.

•Step 5
Pour a third of the above batter into your greased loaf pan. Sprinkle a portion of the cinnamon sugar mixture as a layer on top of the batter. Again repeat twice with batter and then cinnamon sugar.

•Step 6
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and dry. Remove from oven when done, and let cool for approximately 10-15 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and cool on wire rack. This loaf freezes well so you can make in advance and defrost anytime.

Tonight’s dinner

•1 1/2 pounds ground beef
•1/2 pound ground pork sausage
•1 cup chopped onion, about 1 large onion
•1 cup chopped celery
•1 bottle chili sauce (12 ounces)
•1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
•1 cup water
•2 tablespoons prepared mustard
•1 teaspoon seasoned salt
•1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
•salt, to taste
•8 hamburger buns, split and toasted
In a Dutch oven or large skillet, sauté sausage for about 4 to 5 minutes or until browned; remove to paper towels. Drain off excess grease and sauté ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes, until browned. Remove ground beef to paper towels. Drain off all but a few teaspoons of the pan drippings; sauté onion and celery until soft. Return sausage and ground beef to pan; stir in chili sauce, tomato sauce, water, mustard, seasoned salt, and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, for about 30 minutes, or until thickened. Taste and add salt if needed then serve sloppy Joe style saucy burgers over toasted rolls.