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Dinner of the Year

Tonight I whipped up a delicious little dinner.  It was nothing overly special, but it ended up being perfect.
So perfect, actually, that I inhaled it before I took a picture of it.
Therefore you get recipes with no pictures.
And I hate when people post recipes with no picture, but oh well…
Absolutely none of this is accurately measured, so just roll with it.
Stuffed Steak Roll-Ups
2 long steaks (I think flank steak.  I don’t really know my cuts of meat.)
a big handful of fresh spinach
2 triangles of Laughing Cow Garlic and Herb cheese
a shake or two or four of McCormick’s Grill Mates Mesquite seasoning
one half bottle Italian dressing
tooth picks

Using a meat mallet/tenderizer, flatten the steak well.
Season one  side of the meat with the McCormick’s seasoning.
Spread one triangle of cheese onto one steak.
Top with spinach.
Roll jellyroll-style and secure with toothpicks.
Cut into 4-6 circles.
Top with Italian dressing.
Bake at 350* until done(20ish minutes), broil, or grill.

Pesto Asparagus
handful of fresh basil leaves(approx 1/2 cup)
roughly 1 ounce pine nuts
roughly 1 TBsp EVOO
2 cloves garlic

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend well.
Add EVOO as needed, remembering that it will thicken some as it sits.

Heat one bunch of asparagus tips in skillet with 1ish TBsp butter or margarine.
Add pesto and coat well.
Sautee for several minutes.
Add enough water to barely cover the bottom of pan and cover with lid.
Let asparagus steam cook for approx 5-10 minutes or until desired crunchiness is reached.

Best Mashed Potatoes EVAH
3ish pounds red potatoes
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
4ish oz. sour cream
1ish cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper

Slice and boil potatoes for 15ish minutes, or until tender.
While potatoes are boiling, mix the cheeses, sour cream and salt and pepper.
Drain potatoes and smash, mixing well with cheese mixture.
Easy peasy.

If you try any of these, let me know if I guestimated my numbers correctly.

Noodle Brownies

Marshall and I first discovered fried mac-and-cheese bites on vacation in 2005.  This wonderful little restaurant in New Bern, NC had them.  If you haven’t heard of these yet, it’s maccaroni and cheese that’s been made, cooled, cut into shapes(squares, triangles, whatever you want reall), battered and fried.  That’s right.  Let’s take mac-and-cheese and FRY IT!  Somebody’s a genious!!  Anyway, now Sonic has these on their menu.  The kids were hungry, we were on the go, and I needed something easy and portable.  They LOVED it!  Tucker, however, couldn’t quite figure out what this square of deliciousness was…so he decided to call them “noodle brownies”.   Now the ones at Sonic aren’t nearly as good as the ones in that little restaurant, but they were pretty darn tasty!  So the next time you’re looking for a delicious and (not-so) nutritious snack, think noodle brownies!