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.”

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.

Thrifty Thursday and How to use your I-Pod, Not

At my friends's house with "Rani"

Well, It’s Thursday, I’m going to the dentist and I want at least one new song added. Looks like it’s not going to happen by 11:15 am. My goal is to learn to be more tech savvy. There is help out there in cyberspace, by way of google searches. 

Google Searches I did:
1.How to download music from my I-pod from I tunes

Actually, there’s a balance of $5.46 from my I-tunes gift card, but when I select- purchase “Firefly”, info screen came on to select credit card info, Oh well, I spent $1.29 ; the gift card not used today.

2. I-pod says “Do not disconncet, but the screen is frozen”

Here’s what I did:

I turned off the computer.
I did this because the volume button was not producing any sound, and this was suggested by yours truly to do last night.
Once I turned the computer back on, the next thing was to double click on the desktop the “I-tunes” icon.
I did this. I tunes came into view. This time I see Syncing in progress. While speaking on the phone to my husband (shhh.. he’s at work), said look for “Sync”.
Sync did the trick. Hmmm. It’s such a long time since I added a song, I forgot about how the process works…..Syncing.
Yeah!!!! The song Firefly is now on the I-pod. Now I can eat my breakfast and be ready for the dentist. I’m such a chicken, sometimes. But don’t you dread the dentist, too no matter how nice the dental assistants are and the dentist.

Happy winter

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Rose Is Rose - January 22, 2009


Here’s another snow-themed comic.

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Laughter and life


Each and every day I bring laughter to my workplace…it was noted at a recent meeting at work, that everyone should look at  Moi-or mwaa (this writer) and smile more; ” she even laughs at herself.”

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself”

Quote by: Ethel Barrymore   (1879-1959) Academy Award Winning Actress.

I must add another quote from someone I saw as a youngster on stage, rather the T.V. performing on his Variety show on Saturday evenings.    I couldn’t wait for his comedic sketches….both of my parents enjoyed him as well….Red Skelton.

His Quote:

“I live by this credo:  Have a little laugh at life and look around for happiness instead of sadness.  Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.  Even in your darkest moment, you can usually  find something to laugh about if you try hard enough. ”  –Red Skelton (1913-1997) American comedian and top radio and television star.

Red Skelton would close his TV show with this:
“If someday you’re not feeling well, and you should
remember some silly little thing I’ve said or done,
and if it brings a smile to your face or a chuckle
to your heart, then my purpose has been fulfilled.”

The time has come to say goodnight,
My how time does fly.
We’ve had a laugh, perhaps a tear,
And now we hear good-bye.
I really hate to say goodnight,
For times like these are few.
I wish you love and happiness,
In everything you do.
The time has come to say goodnight,
I hope I’ve made a friend…
And so we’ll say, “May God bless you,
Until we meet again.”

On Laughter……

for me I grew up with laughter. We watched many a rerun of “I Love Lucy” t.v. shows, the Red Skelton show, the Carol Burnett show with Harvey Corman, Love American Style, was so funny. It was a part of my experience growing up.

So this happened, rather, is what was said during an outing in Philadelphia last week ….
For the life of me, I still can’t figure out why my husband’s niece said ” no laughing allowed at the restaurant ” , written on the list pictured  is – “don’t laugh in public” recently on New Year’s day.  She even wrote it on a paper napkin.  Perhaps my outlook on the world is different. If I’m not smiling that means I’m not feeling well.
Comments appreciated.

As for me,  I look for the humor.
And another thing I said that was funny to me:
After finishing rolling some curlers in my hair, I said There, I’m all set”. I meant ready to go to sleep, but then I laughed at the double meaning. “All Set”.

Say cheese! (New Year's day)

Say cheese! (New Year's day)

The list...things to do with a mummer's beaded necklace

The list...things to do with a mummer's beaded necklace

It takes 5 minutes to make a beaded necklace into a coaster!

It takes 5 minutes to make a beaded necklace into a coaster!