Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.


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Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

August 31, 2011

Crazy Easy Spinach Casserole

A few days ago, I came across a very simple, basic and delicious recipe for Spinach Casserole. Of course, most of us have had some casserole or another over the years that contained spinach, but seldom have I found a recipe for just spinach casserole that I found noteworthy.
The young lady who shared the recipe with me gladly granted me permission to post this, but did not want credit for it, claiming she had found it in an old church cookbook ... tried and true church cookbooks; who hasn't had one or two -- or three?

Anyway, I made the recipe the other night for my mother and myself, and we loved it. She is aging and for some reason or another, really does not like cooked vegetables any more. We don't know why. So, casseroles have become a staple for me as a means to get her to eat more veggies; much like we do with children.

While we enjoyed the recipe immensely, knowing me, I just had to tweak and modify it to my liking, but soon learned the possibilities were endless. I am sharing the basic Spinach Casserole recipe with you, and have listed a few of my simple changes.

Use your imagination and create your own quick, easy go-to recipe perfect for a fast supper or lunch, potluck, picnic, or even a gift for a new neighbor. I know, I know, I'm getting mushy and retro on you. But love and good food never go out of style.

Love & Spinach,

3 eggs

6 Tablespoons flour
16 oz carton small curd cottage cheese
8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese
10 oz package spinach, thawed and drained

In a medium size bowl, beat eggs and flour together. Add all other ingredients in order, mixing well after each one. Pour mixture into an 8x8 glass, greased, baking dish. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for an hour uncovered.

Feel free to change the vegetables and cheeses. The lady who provided the recipe says she likes to use cauliflower with or without spinach, and she sometimes will use low fat cheese.

My additions are typical of me:
Feta Cheese
Asiago Cheese
Mexican Cheese Blends
Sour Cream
Brussels Sprouts
Collard Greens (frozen/thawed is best for this recipe)
Eggplant maybe?

Top it off with crushed potato chips (go light, if you must), or French fried onions ... just go for it.

Okay, okay ... it's a retro kind of day ...

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips