Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I don't know if we always think of food as 'art', yet some of the earliest artists who painted 'still-life', used fruits for their subject-matter.
Today I was fixing a 'treat' - it's for people; probably Dexter and his buddies wouldn't like it all that much (but then again - who knows).
I realized that we have had to cut way back onI told Dexter I finally had to make an entry to also let his readers know that when things start getting a bit pricey and word of a possibly recession start circulating, we have to 'get smarter' about our expenses. If you'd like to read what Dexter's grandma has started about how she's handling the higher costs without a problem, visit: http://rollwiththerecession.blogspot.com.
eating salmon because of the high cost. Today happened to be a day to
'treat' ourselves; simply poaching salmon - cutting up the melon we got at a
reasonable price; a big cluster of grapes also on sale, and two poached eggs
made for a delightful breakfast.
So, since Dexter rarely has to think about
'food prices' and budgets, if you want to make this meal for yourself, try to do
it when you find items that area seasonal; or possibly on
Friday, April 18, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
sausage pepperoni green pepper pepperoncini giardiniera* fresh tomato
spinach red onion mushroom grilled zucchini artichoke grilled eggplant
elephant garlic kalamata olive green olive sun-dried tomato roasted red pepper basil Italian beef grilled chicken meatball ham salami bacon
provolone anchovy pesto (to substitute pesto for tomato sauce add $2.50)
Grab up one of those Boboli (now
my spelling might be wrong here) circles - low-cost tomato sauce mixed with a
bit of tomato paste; some basil - oregano; a bit of thyme, and garlic powder
'all mixed into that sauce'.
Friday, April 11, 2008
http://www.allchocolate.com/recipes/easy-elegant-almond-fudge.aspxThis doesn't require a lot of fussing with a candy
thermometer; doesn't take a lot of beating - you won't wear your arm out trying
to get it to the right 'stage'....I'm going to drop this off right here - enjoy!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
HAVE YOU HEARD; DEXTER'S OUT CHASING US - BUT HE'S NICE; HE JUST 'BARKS' AND THEN RUNS THE OTHER WAY!
Heat up your oven to 350 - mix up 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup of brown sugar; beat it until it's super creamy!
Add 3 eggs; 1 teaspoon of vanila -
and beat it again until nice and smooth.
Stir in: 1 cup whole-wheat
flour; 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of salt - 1 teaspoon of
cinnamon - 1/2 cup of oatmeal - 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, and 1/2 cup of dried
BAKE AT 350 DEGREES FOR 15 MINUTES - USE A 13X9 INCH PAN. COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE CUTTING. MAKE THESE THE NIGHT BEFORE - THEN YOU'RE READY TO JOIN DEXTER FOR THE ROMP!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Saute bread-rounds. Remove center portion. Spread cavity with pate de foi gras puree. Put a poached egg on top; a teeny weeny bit of sour cream on the top.
Saute bread rounds. Remove center portion. Fill cavity with sliced mushrooms; put a poached egg on top - a bit of sour cream and a sprinkling of parmesean cheese - a few pimentos to top it all off.
Here's one more my husband likes:
Cook and mash or rice: Two cups of potatoes (I
use red, and leave the skins on). Mix in some sour cream (about 1/4 cup). Add 2T of finely minced pimento. Pile this into a baking dish. Make four cavities. Slip a raw egg in each cavity and bake until set. Serve with tiny bits of fresh chives and fresh ground pepper and tiny slivers of green or red pepper.
I BAKED SOME ACORN SQUASH FOR EVERYONE; SERVED IT WITH A BIT OF FRESH ROSEMARY; FRESH BASIL - AND GOAT CHEESE - IT WAS GREAT.
WHEN MAKING TWICE-BAKED POTATOES: Before you fill the skins with the potato mixture, mix in a bit of left-over ham or poultry (diced small). Stir in 1/4 cup of sour cream; make that little 'cavity' and put in an egg.
Put these back into the oven; 275 - until the egg is set. Easy; good for you - and served with a spinach salad made with red onion; feta cheese - diced apples, and a few dried cranberries - a terrific dinner or a brunch!
Save that lelft-over creamed spinach. Make up 6 soft-boiled eggs; cut and warm them together (or serve chilled). When serve chilled, I put this on a bed of romaine, and put red onion slices over it; I don't use a dressing, but probably a nice vinegar & oil would be nice.
LEFT-OVER RED POTATOES & ZUCCHINI: Make them into morning pancakes!
Mix in the zucchini (chop it finely first); now mash up the red potatoes.
Add 2 eggs ( I use all the egg; egg whites are fine too)
Add 1/4 cup of finely diced red onion
Check the seasoning - salt; pepper & a bit of sweet basil is great!
If you want them a bit 'thicker', stir in 1T. of flour - your choice; rye gives them a bit of a different flavor that we like.
Stir it all up - mix that egg in thoroughly.
Get your griddle ready; spray on the Pam - brown on both sides.
I serve them with unsweetened applesauce - we love them as a main meal also; a fruit/vegetable plate finishes it off nicely.