Thursday, November 6, 2008

Soccer and Au Gratin Potatoes


Aren't the colors beautiful in the Smokies? We took a ride to Gatlinburg with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law Sunday and we were in awe. I wish I was a better photographer and was more up to speed with Photoshop.

I'm in Chattanooga and thank goodness for high speed access in hotels; it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.


Well, girls lost tonight 4-0. They played very well and gave it their all. I know they will be back next year and hopefully both of my homegirlz will be on the same team. So we're heading home tomorrow morning. When our team was being introduced on the field, my daughter wasn't wearing her #16 jersey. What in the world? She was wearing #27. After all the checking and re-checking, she forgot her "away" jersey. So here she is in action and I just wanted to go on the field and slap that girl behind and tell her to quit crowding my baby. My husband convinced me that wasn't such a good idea.



I appreciate that you have continued to visit even though I haven't cooked anything. Last night before we left for Chattanooga, I made Au Gratin Potatoes from my River Roads Cookbook. Kaitlin, my youngest said these rock.


Au Gratin Potatoes -






Peel 4 potatoes and slice thin rounds. Place rounds into a bowl and season them generously with salt and black pepper. In a bowl or large measuring cup, combine with a whisk, 3 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of flour. Pour milk mixture over potatoes. Set aside for a few minutes while you get everything else ready.



Butter casserole dish, preheat oven to 40 degrees. Grate 3 cups of sharp cheddar cheese or grab a bad of shredded sharp cheddar cheese from the fridge.









Use a slotted spoon and drain a few potatoes at a time and layer the potatoes on the bottom of the buttered casserole dish. Dot the potatoes with butter and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of flour over the potatoes. Sprinkle a layer of cheese over the potatoes and start over again until you have 3 layers. Pour the "seasoned" milk over the potatoes and bake for 45 minutes.









Cover aluminum foil and bake for another 30 minutes (to finish cooking the potatoes.)








Just a little heads up here. I didn't know things would bubble over. I would suggest covering a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray (for easy clean-up) and placing the casserole dish on the cookie sheet. It will keep the bottom of you oven clean.



11 comments:

gigi said...

Sorry for your loss, but glad the girls played well!

I love that this is so easy to make, even I can do this! Have a safe trip home.

Debbie said...

Sorry to hear that your team lost but all they can do is try their best. I would like to dig into those potatoes right now! They look wonderful....

Veronica said...

Sorry to hear about the soccer loss..that will be nice that your girls will be on the same team next year! I love to make Au Gratin potatoes-they're so good leftover for breakfast!

Greg C said...

Strike one! I don't do those potatoes. Mom was a lousy coook and she ruined them whenever she tried to make them so now I can't stomach them. Sorry. But nice soccer picture.

Marjie said...

Well, the girls got a long way, and that's a job well done. As for the potatoes, I love them au gratin, and I too hate it when things boil over and pollute my oven!

Reeni said...

Sorry to hear they lost, but they did awesome! Your taters look delicious. One of my favorite dishes.

Ralonda said...

So sorry about the loss... but as long as they had fun is all that really counts!
Great pics of the Smokies! I love this time of year!
Your potatoes look yummy!

Michele said...

beautiful pictures of the scenery and your girls!
You don't see people making au gratin potatoes very much these days. Thanks for reminding me of an old favorite.

Pam said...

Sorry they lost but what a fun adventure you had. The potatoes look amazing - I love the browned cheese on top.

The Blonde Duck said...

I love au gratin potatoes! YUM!!!

Pam said...

I'm sorry your girls lost, cut I love the action shot. I'm so happy the trees are finally starting to change, it seems later than usual. Potatoes look great!