Listen folks, I’ve got a huge dog who’s supposed to guard and protect me. I guess that works since no one’s attacked me. Then I have a cat. Cat’s are supposed to keep your feet warm at night and keep mice out of the house. My last post gave you an idea of how effective that’s been. We’re now into Day 2 of “The Mouse Incident”. I really didn’t think I’d be seeing “Jerry” again but as I was getting a cup of coffee in the kitchen, I heard sounds of a scurfuffle in the family room and found this going on around Lola’s toy tub (notice the little ADHD at around 25 second mark):
I figured we’d be done with the mouse in a few minutes so I had my coffee, got on the computer, did a load of laundry… oh ’bout 2 hours later it was finally quiet so I went in to the pantry to get the dust pan. And found this…
Wait for it….
Moe’s taking a lunch break while his new best friend is trying to get into a bag of birdseed that’s in a canvas bin. Figuring I’d take care of things, I grabbed the dust pan and broom which scared Jerry who fell into the bin. Aha! Got you trapped you lil varmit! Just as I was about to trap him under the dust pan, he popped out onto Moe’s butt. Seriously – Moe turned his head with a “just a minute willya – I’m still eating”. Of course Jerry went back into the baseboard as soon as I got close. And now we’re into Day 4… but let’s move on to the scalloped potatoes.
Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
4 Potatoes, large, peeled
2 Very large Vildalia or white onions
5 Tablespoons butter (start with 3 TBL, add more to thicken)
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Cups milk
1/4 Cup cream
1/2 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
Paprika, salt, pepper, chopped parsley
– Thinly slice potatoes and onions then boil together in large pot until just slightly tender.
– Melt butter in saucepan. Stir in flour with a sprinkling of paprika, pepper, and salt until smooth. Blend in milk and cream, stirring over medium heat until sauce starts to thicken. Add parmesan, continue to stir until well blended and smooth.
– In a greased casserole dish, layer 1/2 potato/onions. Sprinkle a little chopped parsley, then spoon sauce on top. Add second layer of potato/onions and cover with remaining sauce.
– Bake uncovered at 375° for about 1/2 hour, until top is browned. Sprinkle with more chopped parsley.
Ask cat how the mousing’s coming along.