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Adventures in cooking

Amy Roby's orchid.
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Recently, I watched an online cooking video that featured a cheddar biscuit-chicken potpie casserole. It looked tasty, seemed easy enough, and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a go.

I often consider recipes as suggestions, and typically like to put my own twist on things. This recipe called for half-and-half, which I replaced with low-fat evaporated milk, and I added a few extra spices to the ones called for in the ingredient list. Prep was simple and straightforward, and the resulting filling was creamy and flavorful. As it cooked, the aroma from the casserole filled me with delicious anticipation.

However, there is nothing quite like the unbridled honesty of a child to knock you right out of reverie.

When I called our sons to dinner, the youngest took one look at his plate and said to himself, “This looks like cafeteria food. Could be good. Could be bad.”

I’m happy to report that after his first bite, he smiled and gave a resounding, ”Mmmm!” And when I pulled out leftover casserole a few nights later for dinner, he said, “Yay! I love cafeteria food!”

Easy, scrumptious, comforting, and a hit with the kids. This recipe went straight into the keep file.

Orchid update

Six weeks ago, I wrote about an orchid I’d received as a gift last fall. After the blooms fell off, I kept the plant in an east-facing window, watered it sparingly and cautiously hoped for the best.

In yet another happy report, the orchid bloomed again last weekend. After a few days away, we returned home to a glorious white blossom atop the tall green stem. The next day, a second pod burst open to reveal another creamy bloom.

I’ve had many an orchid over the years, but this is the first time one has ever re-flowered. This simple delight brings me great pleasure, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this green-thumb thrill will happen again.

Cover to Cover reading program

Douglas County schools are out for Spring Break the week of March 28-April 1. This is a perfect time to encourage some extra reading.

The Douglas County Library’s “Cover to Cover” reading program is well underway, and provides a great incentive to settle in with a good book.

Children ages 4-12 can earn a certificate for a free In-N-Out hamburger or cheeseburger for every five books read. Each participant in the program may earn up to three certificates. Children too young to read on their own may have a parent read to them.

The program runs through April 16, and you can visit either branch of the Douglas County library to enroll. Library locations are 1625 Library Lane in Minden and 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove.

Amy Roby can be reached at