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Oct
23
2014

Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters update!

Sorry I had to take a day off today – was out of the house most of the day and just didn’t get everything done I needed to BUT I have a great surprise for you peeps – hopefully an announcement tomorrow but for sure at least two recipes – you are going to love them!  So stay tuned!

Now everyone here is how to enter to win an autographed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen: Super simple! Leave a comment at the end of this Q &A and the other posts that will follow this week (recipes! YAY!!) and consider yourself entered for each comment. So the more you have to say, the more chances you have to win! This book is beautiful! You will love it! And chock-full of not only information but wonderful recipes for you to try. At the end of this week a winner will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen! Woot!

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You can find out more about MaryJane Butters by visiting:
RaisingJane.org
MaryJanesFarm.org
HeritageJersey.org

Oct
22
2014

I interrupt your regularly scheduled recipe…

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Dear Ottawa,

I was so very sad to hear of the violence and loss of life in your great city today. It is hard to understand for most of us how there is so much hate, especially towards such a peaceful place. It felt oddly personal to me.

Only a little over two years ago you welcomed our daughter Hannah into your city, your way of life. You offered her a place at Carleton University, kept her safe and relatively warm. You gave her  a place to learn things she might not have learned, meet people she most certainly would not have met, made her love the free spirit of the Canadian people, your language, your food. You are the real home of her beloved hockey. You allowed her to make herself at home in your city for most of a year.

We missed her but enjoyed visiting her and taking in the sights, sounds and tastes of your fine city.  I am afraid you stole her heart and in turn part of mine. She loves you. She will return one day.  That I have no doubt of.  I also have no doubt you will welcome her back with open arms.  I thank you for all of those things.

I send my sincerest heartfelt condolences for the loss of life today.  Senseless violence in a place that is normally pristine and peaceful.  I don’t know if I was moved to tears today more because of the acts or the fact that the acts stole something from Hannah.  Maybe she doesn’t feel that way but as her mother, I do.  I have no doubt that Ottawa will return to it’s usual peacefulness soon but your new normal won’t be the same normal you knew yesterday. But you will endure and remain strong.  You will continue to be trustworthy and trusting, welcoming, warm, friendly and you will eventually feel peace again.

I admire your attention to your people and their welfare and what they will need after this tragedy.  Your universal healthcare will provide counseling and grief support for those affected by the violence today.  I continue to think of the young mother pushing her baby’s stroller when the gunman ran past her. I imagine how she froze in that moment, not breathing or moving for fear he would actually see her and take aim at her and her child. She will need all the help you can offer.  I think of the soldier’s family who never anticipated that something so horrific would happen to him when he was not in a battle zone, but in the heart of  a beautiful, safe city just steps from Parliament.  How thankful you  must be that House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers was quick to respond and stop the gunman before more were injured or killed.

You certainly have much to be thankful for ~ but much to be proud of as well.  My own country’s media could take notes on how your media handled today’s episode.  Tasteful, factual coverage.

Well wishes to the people of Ottawa and beyond as you gather information and work to prevent this kind of thing from happening again and heal from what has happened.

With warmest regards,

Susan

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Oct
22
2014

Scalloped Potatoes from Milk Cow Kitchen by MaryJane Butters

These were a hit! But my family’s two favorite things – potatoes and cheese! Well three favorite because we had these with leftover baked ham.  Give these a try – yummy yummy for your tummy! AND super easy to covert to Gluten Free YAY!  If you are new here look at Monday and Tuesday posts as well! And WELCOME! Hope you enjoy your stay and please come back soon.

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  • 1 1/4 cups Gruyere, grated
  • 1 1/4 cups Swiss, grated
  • 3/4 cup Asiago, grated
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 yellow onion peeled and diced
  • 2 T flour (I used corn starch as a GF substitute)
  • 1/4 cup white wine (didn’t have any – used vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced 1/8″ thick
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly butter a 9 x 13 baking dish
  2. In a medium bowl, combine Gruyere, Swiss and Asiago cheeses. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Add onion  and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes.  Stir in flour (corn starch if making gluten free)
  4. Add white wine, milk, cream, salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Remove from heat.
  5. Add a layer of potatoes to the casserole dish, overlapping each slice. Pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce over potatoes, and sprinkle with about 1/3 of the cheese over top.  Repeat with remaining potatoes, sauce and cheese.
  6. Cover dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes.

Makes 12 servings

For 6 servings prepare and 8 x 8 baking dish and cut the recipe in half.  Bake covered at 350 for 45 minutes and uncovered for 15 more minutes.

Now everyone here is how to enter to win an autographed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen:

Super simple! Leave a comment at the end of this Q &A and the other posts that will follow this week (recipes! YAY!!) and consider yourself entered for each comment. So the more you have to say, the more chances you have to win! This book is beautiful! You will love it! And chock-full of not only information but wonderful recipes for you to try. At the end of this week a winner will be randomly chosen to receive a signed copy of Milk Cow Kitchen! Woot!

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You can find out more about MaryJane Butters by visiting:
RaisingJane.org
MaryJanesFarm.org
HeritageJersey.org

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