Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Supper (Slinging Hash)

I made supper tonight, a menu I've made for years now because it's simple, tasty, and cheap.  It's not thrilling or trendy, but it's getting my people fed without much brainwork on my part and that is what I call "slinging hash."


barbecued sweet potatoes and beans (recipe here, towards the end of the post)
baked corn
coleslaw (sometimes it's green salad or steamed broccoli)



And then Ben pushed Phoebe around in a meat lug contraption while Genevieve washed dishes while I ironed.  Meat lugs come from my dad, from his business connections in food services, and are used by butchers.  But meat lugs are jealously guarded and labeled in my extended family because Dad can't get them anymore, and we need them for laundry baskets, suitcases, baby pools, storage bins, and vacation organizers.  At every extended family gathering, someone carries in a meat lug full of something.   I use my two meat lugs mostly for laundry. One of them has a crack in the bottom that I have hopelessly taped with duct tape.  Guess I will only have one family heirloom meat lug to pass down to my kids!

UPDATED with recipe!
Baked Corn  - based on Mennonite Country-Style's recipe

Mix in greased baking dish (approximately 2-quart or 8x8 pan)
3-4 cups corn, frozen and thawed, any liquid drained and reserved
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour

Separately, whisk together:
2 eggs
1 cup milk (if the corn has liquid on it, use it here in place of part of the milk)

Pour over mixture in baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, depending on how shallow your baking dish is.  It's not a fussy casserole and can even bake at a higher or lower temperature.  When it's set in the middle, it's done.  Can also add 1/2 cup shredded cheese to top close to end of baking time.  Can also put this in the slow cooker on low for 4 hours, but reduce to 1 egg and use a very scant cup milk.

6 comments:

Sara McD said...

Your meat lug looks a little like a bus pan. You might still be able to find them if you know anyone in the restaurant business (or if you want to buy them at a restaurant supply store).

Becky said...

You can totally get those at a restaurant supply store. They sell them as bus tubs.
Also, baked corn? I need to know more please.

Lana said...

I saw a post once somewhere that you can repair cracked plastic with plastic bread tabs melted into the crack with the tip of a hot glue gun. I have not tried it. I did suggest matching the color of tab to what you are repairing. I'd be interested to know how it works if you try it.

Margo said...

Becky, I added the baked corn recipe to the post. I've seen lots of versions of baked corn, especially in the Mennonite world - this is my version! I keep it pretty straightforward.

Also, regarding the availability of meat lugs: the older ones were sturdier and bigger, and alas, the company no longer makes them. My BFF bought some of new bus tubs at the restaurant supply store after seeing how I use mine and they were fine for a while. I'll probably do that, too, if my old ones totally break down.

jenny_o said...

Ben pushing Phoebe in the meat lug reminds me of our son pushing his baby sister around in the laundry basket - she loved it so much! She giggled and giggled :) It's disappointing that you can't get the pans anymore. Some days I think that companies try to figure out what people love the most and then stop making it! Not really, but ... sigh. My favourite shampoo has just been replaced, so I am feeling the pain.

Anonymous said...

I see several folks have said restaurant supply stores. That would be my first stop. I would bet that there is more than one brand and you might still get some decent ones.

Think I'll try that baked corn recipe with some of the corn I froze this fall. Sounds tasty to me, hope my big guy likes it.

Chris S in Canada

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