I’m completely nuts for my Grandma’s Fried Tomatoes recipe and I used to make it at least once a month.
Unfortunately, my cholesterol is waaay to high for me to continue eating them and still live. Lucky for me, I’ve come up with a recipe for Slightly Healthy Baked Tomatoes, that’s almost as good!
2 medium tomatoes, sliced into thirds
2 tablespoons Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp olive oil
olive oil flavored cooking spray
salt, to taste
Preheat over to 450 degrees.
Spray a baking pan lightly with cooking spray. Place the slices of tomato on the pan. Sprinkle each slice with the Italian seasoned bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese.
Place the olive oil in a bowl, and using a fork, drip little drops of olive oil all over the tomato slices, till all the oil is used up.
Bake tomatoes till slightly browned. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.
Egg Rolls Stuffed With Hot Dogs make delicious appetizers, but are definitely Man Food. I have a stomach like a steel trap, and even I can only eat one at a time. However, the men in my family gobble them down for as long as I keep serving them up.
hot dogs (either meat or soy)
egg roll wrappers (2x times the number of hot dogs)
canola or other mild-flavored oil
spicy mustard, optional but very nice
duck sauce, optional but very nice
Microwave frozen hot dogs for two minutes on the highest temperature. Cut each hot dog in half.
Wrap each of the halves in an egg roll wrapper according to package directions.
Preheat oil, till a test strip of egg roll wrapper, dropped into the pot, cooks rapidly. Gently place egg rolls in hot oil, being careful to avoid splattering. Cook till golden brown. Drain in a colander, lined with paper towels.
Serve immediately with spice brown mustard and duck sauce.
source: Hung Thai
During a previous post, I mentioned that I went on a book buying spree back in June.
Since that time, I’ve read through many of the books I bought, and I’ve written up a two-second review of each volume I’ve gone through. I’ve also included links to Amazon in case you want to make a purchase, though a couple of the books are quite old or out-of-print and are only of interest to me.
Disclosure: I will earn an affiliate fee if you purchase a book through this site.
Why I bought it: Lots of good web reviews.
Quickie Review: Good book, but the print is smallish and in light blue and light brown. It wasn’t fun for my eyes.
Why I bought it: I love resin jewelry and there are not a lot of tutorials available on the internet.
Quickie Review: Good solid tutorials, not a lot of projects (which is just fine by me). I’m very happy with my purchase.
Why I bought it: I love the website this book is based on, and figured the book would be more in the same vein.
Quickie Review: Cute projects and easy techniques. A couple of the projects are starting to become slightly dated. Still, excellent book.
Why I bought it: I fell in love with the sample projects on the Amazon site.
Quickie Review: Lots of fun projects. This book did not disappoint!
Why I bought it: I have a thing for restaurant cookbooks.
Quickie Review: Good book, and I’m sure I will enjoy it for years to come. I just wish it had a couple more bean recipes.
Why I bought it: I almost didn’t buy this book because several Amazon reviews mentioned it was underspiced. However, who can resist 1000 recipes, all in color?
Quickie Review: I’m glad I went ahead with purchase. This is a book full of imaginative recipe ideas.
Why I bought it: I used to own this book, but I sold it because the recipes were too sophisticated for me. Since I’m a more adventurous cook now, I decided to try the book again.
Quickie Review: Good choice. Food combinations that used to seem to exotic for my taste, now are fine.
Why I bought it: I have a bunch of the other Moosewood books and I wanted to add on to my collection. Plus, I can never resist a cookbook with the word “simple” in its title.
Quickie Review: I haven’t made anything yet, but several recipes look very appealing.
Why I bought it: I have several of Robin Robertson’s vegetarian cookbooks so I thought I would try her vegan cookbook.
Quickie Review: Yes, I know the book is vegan, but there are still way too many tofu recipes for my taste.
Why I bought it: I have a brittle and brown version and I wanted a fresh and new copy.
Quickie Review: The content is exactly the same as in my old book, but with clean pages, so I’m happy.
Why I bought it: I once gave my copy away to a new cook, in a moment of generosity. I’ve regretted it ever since.
Quickie Review: Yay! My old favorite is back in its happy home.
Why I bought it: I saw this book in my local library and fell in love with it.
Quickie Review: Lots of very delicious, but easy, traditional Jewish recipes… a very homey book.
Personal Finance Books
Why I bought it: I borrowed this book from the library a zillion years ago, and have yet to find a simpler way to understand personal finance.
Quickie Review: I haven’t reread it yet, but I’m sure I will enjoy it now as much as I did before.
Why I bought it: I’m a frequent visitor to the Wise Bread site, so I figured I’d enjoy their book. Plus, it got great ratings.
Quickie Review: The print was difficult for me to read, and I like the site better. Not a bad book at all, just not as fabulous as I was hoping for.
When my daughter got married, my sister and I created a needlepoint challah cover for her. A challah cover is a ritual covering for bread used at the Sabbath table. Challah covers are considered customary gifts for new brides amongst orthodox Jews.
To make the challah cover we first completed a commercial canvas, with a variety of common and unusual needlepoint stitches. Then my sister’s very talented mother-in-law added a backing, piping and beadwork. Finally, as protection for a very fragile work of art, the challah cover was protected with a removable plastic casing.
It’s hard to tell from the photograph, but this Challah cover is full of wonderful details and symbols from Jewish life. In the upper left hand corner, in Hebrew, are the words Shabbot Shalom, meaning “Have a Happy Sabbath.” In the upper right hand corner, is a dove, the symbol of peace. Below the dove is my favorite – a depiction of a shtiebel, or traditional prayer house.
By the way, this canvas was not intended to be a challah cover. It was originally designed as wall art, but we adapted it for our own purposes. And isn’t that what being crafty is all about?
Craft supplies have a well deserved reputation for being pricey. Tiny packages of stickers cost almost $4.00. Rubber stamps sell for $3.00 – $10.00. And, worst of all, good quality scrapbooking paper costs $1.00 on up.
You don’t have to pay these prices, though. Your local dollar store is a treasure trove of craft supplies, all costing a dollar. You may not get the same quality at the dollar store as in an expensive craft store, but in most cases, you will get close to it. Those items that are generally of poor quality are marked with an *.
Please note, not every dollar store carries every item. You may have to go to or call several, before you find what you are looking for.
Here is a list of some of the craft items dollar stores carry:
- Craft Sticks
- Foam Balls
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Small Cross-Stitch Kits
- Pipe Cleaners
- Rubber Stamps
- Scrapbook Paper
- Colored Pencils
- Paint brushes
- Chenille Craft Stems
- Glass Marbles
- Small Stones
- Foam Sheets
- Die Cuts
- Stamp Pads*
- Scrapbooking Embellishments
- Tiny Flowers
- Craft Sponges
- Colored Sand
- Foam Shapes
So then next time you need to stock up on craft supplies, check out your local dollar store before heading to the craft store.
source: Benjamin Golub
Another delicious recipe from a friend. I sometimes substitute broccoli for the carrots and celery.
1 envelope onion soup mix
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 cup matzoh meal
1/4 cup oil
Fill a large pot halfway with water. When the water is boiling, add the envelope of onion soup mix, onion, carrots, celery stalks and celery. When water returns to boiling, turn down heat and let simmer for 40 minutes.
While soup is cooking combine eggs, oil and matzoh meal very well. Cover and refrigerate for 40 minutes.
When soup is done cooking shape matzoh meal mixture into small balls and cook in soup for 20 minutes.