Monday, January 25, 2010

Grandmom's Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Rex says Grammy (his mom) made the same thing for him when he was growing up and called it "Noodle Kadoodle," but I like to think my mom's famous Tuna Noodle Casserole is unique... or at least special. The ingredients are pretty straight forward and the recipe clearly came off a can of Campbell's Soup back in the 1950's: one can of healthy tuna, a bag of egg noodles, some bread crumbs, and a can of... here's where Grandmom (my mom) and I have a bit of a dispute... I believe mushrooms are the work of the devil, so I substitute Cream of Chicken or Cream of Celery for the can of Cream of Mushroom (eeeew) soup called for in her traditional recipe. Since Grandmom makes it for me on special occasions like my birthday (this year, I'll take a photo), or when Rex and the girls and I have dinner with her on our way to a 4-H meeting, I don't often cook Tuna Noodle Casserole for myself... but I think you boil the egg noodles, then add the soup and the tuna to a casserole dish, top it with the bread crumbs, and cook it in the oven... I'll have to check with my mom and get back to you!

I know there's a lot of confusion out there lately about seafood and pregnancy...many pregnant women simply stop eating seafood entirely for the whole nine months. Now, I'm not a doctor, I don't even play one on TV... (remember, I play a desperate housewife on TV!!) but when I was pregnant with London, I craved sushi soooo badly that my ob-gyn told me to go ahead and eat it as long as I stuck with my usual restaurant and the usual fish (like spicy tuna and crunchy salmon skin rolls) and didn't get too adventurous in trying new things. While it's true that pregnant women should stay away from fish high in mercury (shark, mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish), it turns out I was actually smart to eat seafood during pregnancy. A scientific study was just released in which the findings show that women who skip seafood during pregnancy could be putting themselves in danger of depression. So what's the message? Seafood and tuna is healthy and important for pregnant women and for the healthy growth and development of small children. And as long as pregnant Roxy had my sushi and Tuna Noodle Casserole, I was happy as a clam... excuse the pun.

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