#58: Learn to cook 5 dishes & #23: Read 50 books in 1 year

Learning to cook 5 dishes may not seem like a stretch for most people, but anyone who knows me knows that it is a big deal.  I can’t cook at all.  I know how to make spaghetti, one odd chicken dish, and easy things like tuna salad and that’s it!

Cooking kind of scares me.  I am so uptight when I try to follow a recipe, and if my husband (who luckily is a brillant cook) is watching I get really nervous and feel like an idiot.

So, in honor of the 2 huge yellow squash I plucked from my new veggie garden (yay!) I decided to learn to make squash casserole.  Here is the recipe:

Squash Casserole

2 cups sliced yellow squash

1/2 cup chopped onion

35 Ritz crackers, crumbled

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

2 tbsp butter

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Place squash and onion in large skillet with a little water and cook on medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes).  Drain and place in a large bowl.

In a medium bowl, combine crushed crackers and cheddar cheese.  Add 1/2 of the mixture to the large bowl w/ squash and onions.

In a small bowl, combine eggs, milk, and melted butter.  Add to mixture in large bowl.

Spread entire mixture into 9×13 dish, then top with the other 1/2 of cracker/cheese.  Place 2 tbsp of butter on top, bake in oven for 20 minutes or until crust starts to brown.

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It came out delicious!!!  I took a picture, and I’ll edit as soon as I upload it.

Also, I finished The House on Fortune Street by Margot Livesay.  I was surprised and pleased that I enjoyed this book so much.  It was an extremely character-driven book, written by the perspective of 4 different characters with intertwining stories.   An event occurs during the first section and the rest of the book goes into the background leading up to that event.  It was quite a page-turner even though it didn’t have  a lot of action.

I’m going to start The Great Gatsby today, and plan to pick up The Hobbit at the library if I have time.

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