Out of the South

My husband doesn’t understand why finding grits is so difficult in Idaho. Growing up in Oregon I had heard of grits, probably because my dad is from Arkansas. Outside of the South grits are hard to come by. I confess that I don’t really care for grits. I don’t dislike them, but I won’t ask for them. My dearest husband likes to eat grits for breakfast every morning. I was making them on the stove, but he eats more than one serving and less than four (the number of servings in the directions on the box) so I was having to use math to make breakfast and that doesn’t always end well. Sometimes he was asking for more grits and sometimes we had leftover grits. Occasionally the grits were thin and I had to cook them longer with the lid off, or they were too thick and I scorched them. Plus there was a pan to wash. Dishes and I don’t get along. Then I saw that there were microwave directions on the box. I didn’t know if my husband would approve, so I was sneaky the first few times. Now I proudly serve my husband his grits in the bowl I made them in. Consistent results, fewer dishes, WIN! Of course the microwave directions on the box made a tiny amount of thin grits, not what my love wants or deserves. So I had to make some adjustments.
Now, I imagine there is a Southern boy in his cold dorm room crying because the cafeteria at his Yankee school doesn’t serve grits. Well, sweetheart this recipe is for you.

1 cup water
4 heaping tablespoons quick grits (not instant)
salt to taste

Mix together in microwave safe bowl, cook for 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave another minute, stir again to make sure there aren’t any lumps. Cook another 30 seconds to 1 minute. At this point you can add 2 tablespoons of cheese if you want cheese grits or add some butter if you have some, let them sit for about a minute. They should be nice and thick. Stir one more time and enjoy!

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Dessert in a Cup

This is either a genius idea or just horrible!  I am leaning toward genius, until I can’t fit in my jeans.  On the pro side, I won’t feel inclined to eat an entire batch of brownies or a two layer cake.  On the con side, I might want to try out a different dessert every night.  And what if it doesn’t turn out?  Then I will have to try another one.  I am planning on making a folder with all the best single serving recipes and saving them until I am a crazy old lady, living in a retirement home, with no access to a stove.  It will happen, if I live long enough.  But until then I really didn’t think I would ever make a cake…in a mug…in the microwave.  I mean, these seem to be mostly for college girls in dorms and crazy cat ladies.  Until… my dearest husband is out of town, the kids are in bed and I NEED something sweet!  Pinterest to the rescue!  Found this blog with a page of single serving desserts.  So far I have tried the microwave mug brownie, (too much flour) cheesecake mug (I “broke” mine, not good) and another brownie (made it with tofutti sour cream, pretty good) and an actual cake in a cup.  None of them have been spectacular and I am wondering if the bloggers are better photographers than cooks.  I’m not a photographer or food stylist and there is no way I’m going to use another bowl for mixing and then pour the batter into a mug.  If I’m making a cake in the microwave it will be mixed, cooked and eaten out of the same container.  So, my results are not Instagram worthy.  However, with a little tweaking I have made a decent tasting dairy-free brownie and cheesecake pudding.