Throw a Sparkling Oscar’s Party — on a Budget!

Throw a Sparkling Oscar’s Party — on a Budget!.

Check out this website, to prepare for an Oscar’s party of your own at home.

I like the idea of the Oscar Bingo.  I’m working on printing out a template  to use on Sunday night! February 24th is around the corner!

Observe Lincoln’s birthday, the sixteenth president

Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the official day. 

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. “

” Famous quote:

With malice toward none, with charity for all”

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The spirit that guided him was clearly that of his Second Inaugural Address, now inscribed on one wall of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C.: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds…. “

” Famous quote:

With malice toward none, with charity for all”

 

As President, he built the Republican Party into a strong national organization. Further, he rallied most of the northern Democrats to the Union cause. On January 1, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy.

Lincoln never let the world forget that the Civil War involved an even larger issue. This he stated most movingly in dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg: “that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain–that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom–and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Unconventional Corn bread using Cream style corn

Unconventional Cornbread.

I like to have a well-stocked pantry.  Cans of corn, is something I have on hand, well, it was right there, is what I said last week, when we were making a quick dish of noodles with sweet red and green pepper strips. Oh, let’s move on.

This cornbread is rich with cheese and bacon, and flavored with onion and green pepper. A bit of cream style corn gives it its moistness..

3 strips of bacon

1/1/2 cups yellow cornmeal

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups milk

3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup canned cream style corn

1 small onion finely minced

2 Tablespoons finely minced green bell pepper.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lighly oil a 10 inch round cake pan and place in oven to heat.  Fry the bacon until very crisp, drain on absorbant paper ( paper towls), and crumble finely.   Meanwhile , prepare the batter, In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.  In another mixer bowl, beat the eggs slightly, and add the remaining ingredients and mix.  By hand stir in the dry ingredients , just until blended.  Por the batter into the hot pan. Bake 30 minutes.  Cut into 8 wedges and serve immediately with butter.

Resources:

This is among one of the many cookbooks that my mother collected and bought over the years while working at a Book Publishing Company.  She is retired ,and still has the tote bag with the the cats, ” Baker and Taylor:

Cookbook:  “Cooking from Quilt Country”, from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens.1980.

p. 104.

Update: August 8,2015

Good morning world, and welcome. I’d love for you to join me in your favorite cup of brew, perhaps sit down in your comfy space, perhaps near a window or out on your porch. I

am updating many posts in the tags and categories section hoping to become more searcheable.

As always, your comments are most welcome!!

Butterscotch sauce, and Crunchy Butterscotch Sundaes

Butterscotch Sauce

Combine 1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar, 2/3 cups corn syrup, and dash salt.Heat stirring occasionally, til mixture comes to a full rolling boil.

Remove from heat : cool slightly   Gradually stir in 1 can 6 ounce can  (2/3 cup) evaporated milk.   Serve warm or cool.   Makes 2 cups sauce.

Crunchy Butterscotch Sundaes

Mix 1 and 1/2 cups sugar coated crisp rice or wheat cereal ( ie. Rice Crispys)

with 1/2 cup flaked coconut.

Form 1 quart vanilla ice cream in 10 balls.  Coat with cereal mixture , pressing it on.    Place in freezer until serving time.  ( To keep coating crisp, store only 1 to 4 hours.)  Serve with butterscotch sauce.   Makes 10 servings.

Note:  You can scale this down on your own to 2  servings.

Cookie Crumb Coffee cake

Crumbled cookies make a different fun topper for Hurry Up Hot Breads!

2 cups packaged biscuit mix

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tablespoons soft butter or margarine

2 eggs

2/3 cups milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup fine vanilla cookie crumbs (9 cookies)

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup broken California walnuts

3 Tablespoons butter, melted

Directions:

Combine the first 6 ingredients.  Beat at medium speed 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl often.

Turn half the batter into a greased 10 x 6 x 1 3/4 inch baking dish. ( do they still sell this size? This is from an early 70’s cookbook.

Combine last 4 ingredients; mix til crumbly. Reserve 1/2 cup mixture for topping;sprinkle remainder over batter into pan.

Spoon remaining batter over. ; add reserved topping.

Bake at 350 degrees F. 30 minutes until done.

Quick fish dinners

These recipes, I  gathered together one morning . I typed and printed out to bring to my mom’s house for the  Visiting Angel  lady to cook. I put this in the plastic binder pages.   She choose the first recipe to cook that day. The recipes from the “Keep it simple collection of the U.K. ” are easy, quick and taste delicious with just a few ingredients.

   Quick Fish Supper ( pg 48)

2 servings                             260 calories per serving

6 oz (18 g) cod or haddock fillets

½ bay leaf 2 slices lemon

4 oz ( 120 g) cauliflower florets

4 oz ( 120 g) courgettes, sliced

4 0z ( 120 g) leeks sliced

3 0z ( 90 g) carrots sliced Salt 2 0z

( 60 g  Cheddar or double Gloucester cheese, grated

1 oz ( 30 g) fresh breadcrumbs

Pinch of mixed herbs

1 medium tomato sliced

1)      Place the fish in a pan, cover with cold water, add the bay leaf  and lemon. Poach gently for 5-10 minutes until cooked .  Drain the fish, remove and discard the skin, flake the fish.

2)      2. Plunge the cauliflower, courgettes , leeks and carrots in boiling , salted water .   Boil for 8 – 10 minutes until just cooked, drain.

3)      Mix together the hot , flaked fish and  vegetables, transfer to a flame-proof dish.

4). Stir together the cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs, sprinkle over the fish and vegetables.  Cook under a preheated grill until beginning to brown .  Arrange the tomato slices on top of the breadcrumbs and grill for a further 2 minutes. Exchanges per serving: 3 ½ protein 3  Vegetable  ½ bread

 

Recipe: Cod  in a Parcel

Serves 2                                    130 calories per serving

10 0z (300g) Cod fillet

3 Tablespoons chopped dill

2 Tablespoons chopped spring onions

1 Tablespoons soy sauce

½ clove garlic crushed

2 sprigs of dill

1) Cut a piece of baking parchment big enough to enclose the Cod, lay it on a baking sheet.

2) Sprinkle half the dill and spring onions over the center of the parchment, lay the cod fillet on top.

3) Mix the soy sauce and garlic together then pour over the cod and sprinkle with the remaining dill and spring onions.

4) Fold over the parchment to completely enclose the fillet and bake at 350 degrees F, (180 degrees C.)   for 25 to 35 minutes.

5) Carefully unwrap the parchment and check the fish is cooked , it should flake easily when tested with a fork .  Cut the cod fillet in half and transfer to a warm serving plate.  Garnish with the sprigs of dill.

Exchanges per serving: 4 protein , ½ vegetable.  

Fish and Pasta Surprise

Serves 2                         435 calories per serving 2 x 4 oz (120g) Finnan Haddock

1 medium can chopped tomatoes ( 14 oz/397 g)

½ small onion thinly sliced

2 oz ( 60 g) sliced 6 oz (180 g) broccoli, cooked

6 0z (180g) drained canned sweetcorn 6 0z(180 g) cooked macaroni hot

2 oz (60g) hard cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

1)      Place the haddock in an ovenproof casserole and spoon the tomatoes over the fish

.2)      Arrange the onions, mushrooms, broccoli, and sweetcorn in layers over the tomatoes.

3)      3) Mix the macaroni and cheese together and spread evenly on top of the vegetables , season with a little salt and pepper.

4)      Cover and cook at 350  degrees F. ,( 180 degrees C, Gas 4 ) for 30 -45 minutes .

Exchanges per serving:  4 Protein, 4 Vegetable 2 Bread

Recipes: Simply the Best From the Keep it Simple collection ,  Published 1990 by Weight Watchers ( U.K.) Ltd. 

02/04/13

Cooking with Zucchini- Stove top casserole

Good morning. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have a free morning, I’m at the computer, and looking out the window at the sunshine, sipping some green tea.

While talking with mom on the cordless phone,  our conversation went like this.  I was reading a blog recipe aloud where they mentioned Sea Salt as the ingredient for the salad dressing .  (lemon, white vinegar, and sea salt).  Mom asked,” which one is better Sea salt  or Table Salt? ” If there’s a question, Google has the answer. She was amazed , how fast the computer works.

Sea salts retain the trace elements while table salt has been processed to remove trace elements and include additives.

Table salt is processed to remove trace elements while sea salts, in general, leave these in.  These minerals are indeed important in our diets, but in sea salt they exist in what the Mayo Clinic describes as “insignificant amounts.” Chances are you are getting the same minerals in greater quantities in the fruits and vegetables that you eat.

Mom then posed the question about Salt mines. Where are they located?

Google again.

“The oldest salt mine known to date located in Azerbaijan, Duzdagi mine”


“In order to understand these interactions, CNRS researcher Catherine
Marro and her team have been exploring the Araxes basin (Turkey, Iran,
Azerbaijan) for the last ten years or so. The archeologists have been
focusing particularly on the Duzdagi (4) salt mine situated in
Azerbaijan, more specifically beside the old medieval Silk Road linking
Tabriz (in the north west of Iran) with Constantinople.”

“To the researchers’ surprise, intensive salt production was carried out in this mine at least as early as 3500 BC.”

The economic and symbolic importance of salt in ancient and medieval
times is well-known. Recent discoveries have shown that salt most
probably played a predominant role in protohistoric societies, in other
words those that preceded the appearance of writing.  How is salt
obtained? The two most widely used techniques are based on the
extraction of rock salt, in other words a sedimentary deposit containing
a high concentration of edible salt (2), and the collection of sun-dried
salt in salt marshes, for example.”

http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=90605&CultureCode=en

Mom then said, “Well those mines are older than the Coal mines of Pennsylvania. ”

Stove Top Casserole

zucchini 4 cups sliced

Vegetable oil 3 Tablespoons

Garlic cloves, 2 crushed

salt and freshly ground pepper

spaghetti sauce, 1  16 ounce can, heated

mozzarella cheese, 3/4 pound thinly sliced

oregano, 1 teaspoon, crushed

basil 1/4 tsp

In a large Teflon skillet, saute zucchini slices, 1 cup at a time in 1 tablespoon oil with garlic.

Cook until almost tender and a little brown; drain on paper towels.  pour off any excess oil; then layer hot zucchini in skillet, season lightly with salt and pepper , and spreading each layer with some of the hot spaghetti sauce and sliced mozzarella cheese.  Cover top layer with cheese and sprinkle with herbs.   Cover and cook very slowly until mixture is just bubbly and cheese is melted.

 Serves 6.

Reference: The Zucchini Cookbook by Paula Simmons.

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