cooked ham

Successfully have commandeered cooking the ham, making the cranberry sauce, AND replacing canned sweet potato vomit with sweet potato mash for thanksgiving with my in-laws.

Go me.


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Potato corn chowder

You’ll need:

  • A little oil for the pan
  • 1 onion, chopped (you can sub onion flakes or onion powder, like a tablespoon or more)
  • 4-5 small potatoes or 2-3 big ones, chopped into cubes. I leave the skin on but you can peel them if you like
  • 1 can corn or 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3-4 cups water or milk or stock or combination of those to make 3-4 cups
  • Salt & pepper

Seasoning you could add:

  • 1-2 teaspoons dried herbs (I like thyme and rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • A bay leaf 
  • You could also add cooked bacon or ham if you eat pork

In a soup pot, over medium heat, heat up oil and add onions. Stir occasionally until softened (about 5 minutes)

Add chopped potatoes, corn, liquid, and any seasonings, except salt and pepper (you’ll add that to the soup at the end)

Let boil gently for about 30 minutes, until the potatoes are nice and soft, then here you can do what you’d like. I like to roughly mash the potatoes so some of them are broken down but the soup is a little chunky still, but you can leave it all chunky, or make it super smooshy.

If it’s a little too thick, add a bit of extra liquid.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Italian Meals

Breakfast (7-11 h) is always a light meal, usually consisting of a cappuccino or coffee and brioche (like croissant) at home or at a bar (often standing up), or coffee and biscuits and possibly a piece of fruit or yogurt at home.The brioche can be plain (liscia), filled with jam (con marmellata), custard (con crema), or chocolate (con cioccolata). Note: For Italians, cappuccino is a breakfast drink. Most will not drink it later in the day. 

Lunch (12:30-14:00 h in the north, 12:30-14:30 in the south: 

Antipasti (starters) - light starters typically salumi (cold hams, salami)

Primo piatto (1st course) - usually risotto, pasta, or (rarely) soup

Secondo piatto (2nd course) - meat or fish

Contorni (side dish) - vegetables (vedure) or salad (insalata)

Dolce (dessert) - cakes, icecream or seasonal fruit (ordered separately)

Caffé espresso to finish the meal.

During the week most Italians will eat at least a primo + secondo and probably fruit. For a special lunch all of the above will be eaten. For a quick snack on the go, one might have a panino (filled roll) at a bar. Typical fillings are mozzarella & tomatoes, prosciutto cotto (cooked ham) or crudo (raw ham). 

Merenda (16:00 h): snack for children (usually bread, fruit, yogurt, or icecream)

Dinner (20:00-22:00 h): Depending on the person, it may be a lighter meal like salad or either primo or secondo as above. Many people (especially if eating out) will have the full works again. Going out for a pizza is also very popular. 

Bars: Bars are usually open from 7:30 h. They serve breakfast in the morning, panini at lunch, icecream mid afternoon, aperativi early evening, and coffee throughout the day. Many also sell cakes and pastries (pasticceria). If it’s also a tabaccheria, they will sell stamps, phone cards, bus tickets, parking, car tax, and lottery tickets. When ordering to eat at a busy bar, you usually have to pay for what you want at the till (cassa) first, then take the receipt and repeat your order to the barman. If it’s quiet and you are known, they may take your order and you’ll pay at the end.

Macaroni and Cheese

Josh Keaton once said in a tweet that he figures one of Shiro’s favorite foods was the Garrison mac and cheese.

Don’t know how they would make it at the Garrison, but here’s a nice homemade mac and cheese recipe for you all that’s a family favorite for mine.

Macaroni and Cheese


  • 2 cups of dry elbow macaroni (regular or whole wheat)…if using larger noodles like rotini or egg noodles, use 3 or 4 cups of dry noodles. Cook in boiling water until tender.  Drain
  • ½ cup of margarine
  • ½ cup of flour
  • 4 cups of 2% milk
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. yellow prepared mustard (like you put on sandwiches)
  • 2 and ½ cups of grated medium or old cheddar cheese (2 cups for the sauce and ½ cup for the topping)
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs


Melt margarine in large saucepan.  Stir in flour until smooth.  Add milk and whisk constantly over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil.   Add all spices and 2 cups of the grated cheese.  Continue to whisk over medium heat until cheese is melted into the mixture.  Remove from heat.  Add cooked pasta and stir until it is all coated.

Spray a 9 by 13 pan with non-stick spray.  Put in macaroni mixture.  Mix bread crumbs and remaining ½ cup of cheese.  Sprinkle on top of casserole.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

You can add cooked pieces of ham or bacon to the casserole if desired.