Saturday, May 10, 2008

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed Bell Peppers
6 servings

6 medium bell peppers
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 cups cooked rice
1 can (11 ounces) corn kernels, drained
1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Slice tops off peppers; cut away ribs and remove seeds. Steam peppers until softened slightly, about 4 minutes. Brown ground beef and onion; drain fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, stewed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Stir in cooked rice, corn, and seasonings. Heat through, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Place the peppers upright in a casserole dish and spoon filling into peppers. Cover loosely with foil. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Sprinkle tops of the peppers with remaining cheese and bake uncovered 10 minutes more or until cheese has browned. Enjoy!

This recipe makes more meat mixture then you need for six peppers - so freeze half of it. On a busy night, all you need to do is thaw the filling, steam six more peppers and you're ready to go!

A Little Thread of Gold

"Doing up cut fingers, kissing hurt places, and singing bedtime songs are small things by themselves; but they will inculcate a love for home and family that will last through life and help to keep America a land of homes.

Putting up the school lunch for the children or cooking a good meal for the family may seem very insignificant tasks as compared with giving a lecture, writing a book, or doing other things that have a larger audience; but I doubt if, in the ultimate reckoning, they will count for as much. It belittles us to think of our daily tasks as small things, and if we continue to do so, it will in time make us small. It will narrow our horizon and make of our work just drudgery.

There are so many little things that are really very great, and when we learn to look beyond the insignificant appearing acts themselves to their far reaching consequences, we will 'despise not the day of small things.' We will feel an added dignity and poise from the fact that our everyday round of duties is as important as any other part of the work of the world.

And just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women's work at home, while only the doing of little things, is like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens all the fabric of civilization."

~Laura Ingalls Wilder, May 1923