source: Daniel Go
When I first got married, I used to make deep fried french fries all the time. But like most people, 30 years ago, when information started to circulate about the dangers of cholesterol, I switched to oven frying instead.
Today though, I woke up with an unexpected urge to make my own.
Since it had been decades since I deep fried anything, the first thing I did was look online to get some tips. I spent over a half hour reading hint articles, watching YouTube videos, and perusing answers to deep frying questions.
By the time I was finished, I knew everything I needed to know in order to produce some truly delicious french fries. Everyone who tasted them said they were much better than anything they had ever tasted in a restaurant.
frozen french fries (do not defrost)
1. Fill a medium pot with 2/3 of the way with olive oil.
2. Place pot over medium to high flame and heat till oil is hot, but not smoking. To test for appropriate temperature, place a single fry in the pot and allow till cook till light brown. If fry is tender in the middle and crispy on the outside, temperature is correct.
3. Place a small amount of frozen fries in the hot oil. I only cooked about 1 1/2 handfuls per batch, in order to avoid substantially lowering the temperature of the oil. You will need to make one batch per person, if using the french fries as a side dish.
4. When light brown, remove the french fries with a slotted spoon and place on a double layer of paper towels. Blot the tops of the french fries to remove excess oil.
5. Sprinkle very lightly with salt and serve with ketchup.
Note: I used much less salt than I do when making oven fries. When making oven fries, most of the salt falls onto the pan, but with deep fat fries, most of the salt sticks.
This chili is HOT. If you need a milder chili, add more beans or eating the chili over rice.
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 large red onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 can (undrained) chili beans (vegan/parve)
1 17 oz can (undrained) chopped tomatoes
1 cup cashews, whole or halved
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Saute the onions in oil for 2 minutes. Add the green pepper and saute for another 2 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer, uncovered, till most of the liquid cooks out.
Serve immediately or refrigerate for several days.
When I cleaned out the fridge this morning, I got an unpleasant surprise. Stuffed all the way in the back corner was a half loaf of old, stale bread. I wanted to throw it out, but I knew I’d feel too guilty. Instead, I spent a few minutes looking through old recipes. What I came up with was Bruschetta. Aah, perfect.
4 slice stale bread
2 small tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
Combine the 1/4 olive oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Brush onto both sides of the bread. Bake in toaster oven till both sides are very lightly toasted.
Meanwhile, coarsely chop tomatoes. Mix in 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic and basil. Let marinade.
When bread is finished toasting, let cool for three minutes. Spread with tomato mixture and your bruschetta is ready.
Bruschetta Variation #1: Skip the tomato mixture. Classic bruschetta is eaten without a topping.
Bruschetta Variation #2: Substitute 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves for the dried basil.
This amazing soup takes eight minutes to make, from start to finish. It’s a “dumbed down” version of a long cooking, complicated recipe I found several years ago.
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can corn (optional)
1 14 1/2 ounce can of Italian Tomatoes
1 chicken bouillon cube (vegan or regular)
1 cup water
1-2 dribbles hot sauce
1 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
scant 1/2 tsp. pepper
salt to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Let come to boil. Simmer two or three minutes and serve. Leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated later.
Note: I’m not crazy about the addition of the corn because I think it gives the soup a slightly sweet twang. However, most other people do enjoy it.
This recipe came from Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet by Nava Atlas. I’ve made it quite a few times because it’s a healthy way for non-milk-drinkers to add a little calcium to their diet.
I’ve also made variations on the Orange Smoothie. I’ve tried it with apple juice, grape juice, etc. On occasion, I’ve even skipped the vanilla extract, when there wasn’t any in the house.
Overall, this is a real “work horse” recipe.. meaning it’s easy, it’s nutritious and it’s open to using whatever ingredients are available.
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt
dash of vanilla extract, optional
Combine the first 4 ingredients in one or two tall glasses. Blend well. If you want it frothy, blend with food processor. Serve over ice (optional).
Sometimes, when I have children visit, I like to make a few quick, disposable playthings using my computer. Most of the projects listed on this page can be assembled in an hour or less. I also frequently choose a project that requires black ink only, in order to save money.
Because of the nature of paper, none of these toys will last beyond a few hours. So keep that in mind when deciding how much of your time you want to invest in one of these projects.
Free Toys For Kids
- Flying Disc
- Penny Butterflies (b&w)
- Magic Fortune Ball
- Marble Mice
- Whirleycopter (b&w)
- Circle Sewing Card (b&w)
- Turtle Racing
- Sewing Card (b&w)
- Spring Pinwheels
- Truck Sewing Card (b&w)
Free Theater Set For Kids
Free Puppets For Kids
- Treetures Finger (b&w)
- Lion King Finger Puppets
- Red Riding Hood (b&w)
- Finger Puppet Stage
- Town Mouse/Country Mouse
- Monster Finger Puppets
Free Playsets For Kids
- Car Parade Playset
- Farm Playset
- Duckburg Airport Playset
- Western Fort Playset
- Underwater Station
- Operation Desert Treasure
- Space Station Playset
- Cinderella’ Castle Playset
- Indian Village
- Castle of Nottingham
Free Board Games For Kids
- Memory Game (b&w)
- Printable DIY Bingo Cards
- Green Eggs In A Row
- Easy Lotto Game
- DIY Animal Concentration
- Printable Dominos
- Gingerbread Baby Game
Printing : Print these projects out on the thickest cardstock that will go through your printer. If only regular paper will go through your printer, paste the printouts onto cardstock using a glue stick.
If you don’t own a color printer, print the projects out in black and white, but on colored paper.
Gluing : Avoid using glue if you can. A good quality glue stick works much better because it doesn’t warp the paper.
Cutting : Make each cut as long as you can. The more individual snips you make, the worse the result.
I made this page to celebrate when my husband completed his model airplane. The plane cost over $200.00 and took over 3 months to finish. You can just imagine how thrilled I was when the project was over!
To make this page, first I mounted a sheet of white cardstock on a slightly larger sheet of orange cardstock. This created the “frame” for the page.
Then, I mounted each of my photos on slightly larger sheets of orange cardstock.
I cut out each of the letters to make the title and glued them on to the page using acid-free glue.
I dress a freehand picture of the outline of an airplane and cut it out. I used a black marker to draw some details onto the cutout.
Last, I mounted the airplane onto the page using puffy tape. This made the plane look a little like it was floating. I felt it fit in well with the flying theme.
The whole project took about an hour, and I really like the way it came out.