Saturday, March 30, 2013

Kitchen Remodel, Week Five: The Joy of Floors for Easter

The new kitchen has a floor now. Windows, walls, floors -- it's starting to look like a room. We opted for hardwood as being more forgiving for tender feet and less likely to smash dropped dishes to smithereens.

We are  still a long way from a working kitchen, which got us out of Easter duty. Mom is hosting Easter dinner this year. Hubby is still responsible for making the scalloped potatoes -- something we never ate until he joined the family.

He follows the tried-and-true Joy of Cooking recipe:


3 cups pared, thinly sliced potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons flour
3 to 6 tablespoons butter
3 pieces of cooked bacon crumbled
1 1/4 cups milk or cream
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional as in not in the actual recipe but still very tasty to add!)


Parboil the sliced potatoes with the salt for 8 minutes. Drain well.Grease or line a 10 inch baking dishLayer in the potatoes by sprinkling the flour and butter over them evenly. (Use the 2 tablespoons of flour and between 3-6 tablespoons of butter)Sprinkle the crumbled cooked bacon over the potatoes. In a saucepan, heat the milk, 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, and the paprika.Pour this mixture over the potatoes.Topping with cheese is optional. The potatoes are good without too. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until potatoes seem tender.


For more, see my ode to The Joy of Cooking.



  1. How exciting that you have floors and windows and walls; it's really coming together.

  2. The kitchen is looking good, with it's floors and big windows. It's so fun to watch its progress.

    Those potatoes sound yummy.

  3. I wish our kitchen had hardwood floors - yours are gorgeous. Happy Easter!

  4. I'm totally envious of your new kitchen floor. I want hardwood floors so badly, saving my pennies. :) I also love your windows. There's nothing like a bright sunny kitchen with lots of windows.

  5. This is looking lovely.

  6. Mmm. I love scalloped potatoes so much and haven't had good ones since my grandmother died...oh, like 9 years ago. I will have to give this recipe a try and see if I can recreate my memories.

    Your new kitchen floor looks fabulous! Can't wait to see the finished project.

  7. Lovely new floors and I love the natural light that streams in through your large windows. A beautiful space for cooking! New follower!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  8. Your kitchen space is looking good! I love scalloped potatoes but very very rarely make them. If I do.. it's usually Easter! I guess because it goes so well with ham. :)


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