Captain’s Casserole is definitely my go to recipe when I have guests coming over. It goes in the oven an hour before eating so I have time to clean up (and freshen up). And the real secret weapon is that it makes the house smell amazing for when guests arrive. Resistance is futile.
You can make this roasted tomato salsa in about a half hour! It’s a great alternative to store bought salsa (or even ketchup) that may be filled with a bunch of ingredients you don’t want to eat. This salsa is seriously delicious!
I’ve been spatchcocking poultry for a couple of years now and I have to say it ranks right up there with my favorite cooking methods. The main thing I love is that when you spatchcock a bird it ends up flat, and when it’s flat all the pieces of the bird are more or less the same thickness. This means it cooks at the same speed, so that when it’s done, all the different pieces are done at the same time and therefore nothing dries out. Also it drastically reduces the time needed for cooking.
Growing up this was always one of my absolute favorite treats. My mom was an amazing baker and I am so grateful that she patiently taught me so much of her knowledge. Now that she’s passed away, when I bake from one of her recipes I feel like she is right beside me.