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House Rules for Dogs

1. The dog is not allowed in the house. 2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but only in certain rooms. 3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay off the furniture. 4. The dog can get on the old furniture only. 5. Fine, the dog [ ... ]

Spring has Sprung and so has Mud

My tulips are peeking up now. Thanks David, my brother bought me bulbs a few years ago for my Birthday. I saw them this morning when I went to walk Jackson. We’ve already sprung forward and Passover is on its way!” Spring is here! [ ... ]

Barley and Vegetable

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 cup barley • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock • 1 onion, diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 carrot, diced • 1 red pepper, diced • 1 stalk celery, diced • 1 zucchini, diced • 1/2 cup parsley, minced • Salt and pepper 1. For the barley , in a medium saucepan, toast the barley in oil on medium heat, for about [ ... ]
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Morning Makeup

Jackson got into my makeup this morning, I was out for 2 hours, when he hears the automatic garage door open he runs and sits on the steps waiting for me to open the inside door, Hi ya Jax….and ……..I see a nose full of beige something, WHAT [ ... ]

Raspberry Coconut Squares for Passover

Passover Raspberry Squares 1 cup sugar 1 cup matzoh meal 3/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup shredded coconut 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1 jar raspberry jam Preheat oven to 375. Line an 8″x8″ baking dish with parchment paper. Stir together sugar, matzoh meal, oil and eggs until thoroughly combined. Fold in the shredded coconut [ ... ]
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Chicken Breasts for Jackson

Chicken Breasts , last nights dinner Not Makes 1 portion   1.Watch mom put chicken on counter. Boneless is best, goes down better.   2.When no one  is looking, jump up to the counter grab and swallow whole.         Very tasty.  3.Hide, or mommy and daddy will take you to doggy hospital to get chicken [ ... ]

Szechuan Peanut Butter Sauce

This sauce is fabulous, it is traditionally served with boiled dumplings in restaurants, Now you can make it at home, I double this recipe and toss it with pasta. 2 cloves garlic 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter 2 teaspoons oriental sesame oil 2 tablespoons light soya sauce 3 tablespoons cold water 1 teaspoon chili [ ... ]

Emeril’s Hurricane

first make sure you have a designated driver, then sit back and enjoy!  1 1/2 cups pineapple juice 1 cup orange juice 1 cup pomegranate juice, preferably a filtered ( not cloudy) 1/2 cup grenadine 1/2 cup simple syrup (very sweet,Left this out) 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons [ ... ]
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DIY Microwave Popcorn

Do-it-yourself microwave popcorn. The DIY version has none of the artificial flavors, colors or chemicals present in store-bought varieties. It’s also cheaper . Here’s how it works: Into a standard brown paper lunch bag put ¼ cup popcorn kernels. Add 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil and a big pinch [ ... ]

Roasted Cauliflower

OVEN- ROASTED CAULIFLOWER W/ GARLIC, OLIVE OIL & LEMON JUICE This recipe is So Good and So easy. 6 cups cauliflower florets, about 1½-inches in diameter (from 1 large cauliflower) 2 Tbs + extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbs sliced garlic 2 Tbs fresh lemon juice 1 tsp kosher salt ½ [ ... ]

TAPAS` (humble beginnings) Flour Tortillas

I’m posting this one, cause I couldnt find any in Montreal:) 4 cups flour 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or Manteca) Mix all of the ingredients together with your hands into large ball. Wrap with plastic wrap drop back into the bowl, and [ ... ]

Time for Tapas

portobello bruschetta with rosemary aioli Makes 24. 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 6 4-inch-diameter portobello mushrooms, stemmed, dark gills removed 3 tablespoons olive oil 3 red onions, sliced (about 6 cups) 2 large red bell peppers 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 3 tablespoons [ ... ]

Beef Tenderloins & Greens Dijon

(not tested) Choose dark greens for nutrition and hearty flavor! Serving: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes 1/2 cup olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 tsp sugar 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided 1 pound beef tenderloin tips, trimmed of fat and cut [ ... ]

10 Minute Szechuan Chicken

(Not tested) Serving: Serves: 4 Total Time: 10 minutes 1 tablespoon corn oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 tablespoons cornstarch 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 1/2 red bell pepper, julienned 1 carrot, julienned 1 small zucchini, julienned 1/4 cup chicken broth 1 tablespoon light [ ... ]

Grilled Halibut with Strawberry, Jalapeno Salsa

This surprising combination of sweet and spicy brings out the best in fish. I chose halibut but you can pair almost any hearty grilled fish steak with this flavorful salsa. Like it super hot? Crank up the heat by adding more jalapeno to your salsa. Serving: 4 1 1/2 pints [ ... ]

Raspberry Soufflé Omelet

not tested. a simple-to-make “soufflé” that bakes in minutes in an omelet pan in French, this is called omelette soufflee beating the egg whites is key to lovely, light texture serves 4 Here’s How to Make It in 20 Minutes: Before You Start: Raspberry Soufflé Omelet 1/2 pint fresh raspberries 6 large eggs 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry jam, [ ... ]

Grilled Salmon Steaks with Savory Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Ready In: 25 Minutes Yields: 4 servings “Blueberry balsamic sauce serves as a sensational topping for grilled salmon in this summery dish.” INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup orange juice 1 teaspoon honey 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 cup chicken stock 1 cup fresh blueberries 2 teaspoons [ ... ]

Chicken Teriyaki ( from a chef @ Wynn Hotel in Vegas :)

I havent tried this one yet, let me know how it comes out please. Teriyaki Sauce 3.5 oz sake 3.5 oz mirin (sweet cooking wine) 3.5 oz soy sauce 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp cornstarch dissolved into 1 tbsp of water Makes about 1 1/3 cups. Mix ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil [ ... ]

braised lamb shanks with garlic and rosemary

Cooking Time: 6 hours on HIGH plus another 6 hours on LOW Slow Cooker Size: 5 quart There will be no leftovers. This recipe will make you fall in love with your slow cooker. Your house will be perfumed with the aromas of southern France. Enjoy! Makes 6 servings. 1/2 cup dry [ ... ]

Jambalaya

I was at a restaurant this past weekend and ordered the jambalaya. It was pretty good, though not quite the same as I had last time I was in New Orleans. Haing looked at 6 different recipies, I’ve decided to make my own: In the pot at the start: 3 large [ ... ]

Sammiches

1. Buy a baguette (a 3 foot long crusty french bread). 2. Cut off the last inch of each end and slice down the middle – do not cut in half, just fold it over to open it. 3. Slather one side with bright yellow mustard. 4. Use a cheese slicer [ ... ]

Thick Veggie Soup

The giant pot will once again be used.. In the pot put: 1. Three liters of either chicken broth or veggie broth. I prefer chicken, though if you want to make this real vegetarian soup then use the veggie 2. Four medium sized potatoes cut into 1.5-2 inch chunks 3. Eight sticks [ ... ]

Guinness Chicken

Take a whole chicken and place it in the roasting pan (the same pan as I use for lasagna). Pour your favorite BBQ sauce liberally over it until it’s thickly coated. Add baby potatoes and mini (pre-peeled and cut) carrots to fill up most of the space left in the [ ... ]

Passover Linzer Torte recipe

Pareve margarine is made from water, oil and flavorings (not dairy products). 1/2 cup matzo cake meal 1/2 cup potato starch 1 cup pareve margarine or butter, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup ground unpeeled almonds 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or ( 1 teaspoon lemon rind) 2 eggs, separated 1/2 cup red raspberry [ ... ]
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Chicken Schnitzel

Ingredients 4 chicken breasts cut in two sections each or 1 1/2 – 2 pounds chicken filet strips, or boneless breasts salt, pepper 3 cups, approximately, matzoh meal 1 tablespoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 4 beaten eggs Oil for frying Instructions Lay out a large sheet of wax paperwith your chicken [ ... ]

Lower-Fat Turkey Feast

Tips and Tricks for a Lower-Fat Turkey Feast Roast your turkey on a rack. Try roasting several turkey breasts instead of a whole turkey — you’ll have only the lower-fat white meat. Baste turkey with apple juice instead of its own juices. Use cranberry sauce instead of making higher-fat gravy. If you make [ ... ]

Flourless Chocolate & Vanilla Marble Cake

This dense, luscious cake has a texture a little like fudge and a little like cheesecake. A small slice goes a long way. Serves sixteen Yields one 9-1/2 inch cake ingredients For the vanilla batter: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon pure vanilla [ ... ]

Replace the Fat with Fruit

Replace shortening or oils in baking with an equal volume of pureed fruit and 1/3 of the oil called for. For example, if your recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil, try replacing it with 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of oil. [ ... ]

Fruit and vegetable Tips and Tricks

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes. To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing. To ripen avocados and bananas, enclose them in a brown [ ... ]

FLOURLESS LEMON-ALMOND CAKE

1 1/3 cups blanched slivered almonds 8 tablespoons sugar 4 large eggs, separated 5 teaspoons packed grated lemon peel 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of salt Preheat oven to 375°F. Butter and flour 9-inch-diameter cake pan with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line bottom of pan with waxed paper. Finely grind almonds with 2 tablespoons sugar [ ... ]

Tips & Tricks for Desserts & Sweet Stuff

Tips & Tricks for Desserts & Sweet Stuff Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips. An M&M will work, too! (*Submitted by FrogLady) Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispie Treats in the pan — the marshmallow won’t [ ... ]

EASY FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

Cake 8 tbsp. (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature) 3/4 cup sugar 7 large eggs, separated 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled Pinch salt Finishing 1/4 cup seedless raspberry preserves 1 cup whipping cream 3 tbsp. sugar One 9-inch springform pan, buttered; line bottom with a disk of parchment paper 1. Set rack at middle level of oven; [ ... ]

A Little Bit of Humor

A Little Bit of Humor… For a REAL sponge cake, BORROW all the ingredients

Tips and Tricks

Freezing Roasted Red Peppers Use your outdoor grill or broil in your oven red peppers, turning until all sides are blackened and blisters. Immediately put them in a brown bag and close tightly. After 20 minutes peel the skin off, remove the seeds, freeze on a cookie sheet [ ... ]

Passover Chocolate Pecan Squares

8 eggs, separated 2 cups castor sugar, divided (see Note*) 2 cups ground pecans 10 oz. dark chocolate 1 cup unsalted margarine or butter Beat egg whites until stiff. Slowly add half the sugar, beating continuously. Then fold in ground nuts. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish which has been [ ... ]

10 Superfoods for Heart Disease

10 Superfoods for Heart Disease Nutritious foods for lower cholesterol and a healthy heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women and men in the United States. We all know a healthy diet can help reduce your risk, especially when coupled with regular exercise and maintaining a [ ... ]

LEMON MERINGUE Cookies for Passover

These guilt-free treats taste a lot like lemon meringue pie! They’re easy to make and fat-free. 3 egg whites, at room temperature 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice 6 tbsp. sugar 1 1/2 tbsp. grated lemon zest Preheat oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. In a [ ... ]

Creamy Matzo-Apple Kugel

This sweet and creamy kugel makes an impressive centerpiece for a Passover brunch. You can also serve it for dessert. 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter 4 McIntosh apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4-inch slices, 1/4-inch thick 1/2 cup raisins 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds 10 squares plain unsalted matzo 4 eggs, [ ... ]

11 Superfoods for Weight Loss

11 Superfoods for Weight Loss These nutritious foods will satisfy your appetite and help you get to your ideal weight. Those Extra Pounds So many of us carry around an extra five or 10 pounds that we’d really rather not have. Though fad diets may help us lose weight quickly, they [ ... ]

Passover Nut Cookies

no one will be able to resist these great Passover cookies! Ingredients 3/4 cup coarsely ground almonds 3 cups coarsely ground walnuts & pecans (combined) 2 large eggs, beaten 1/4 cup sugar 2 tbsp honey plus the zest from one small orange 3/4 tsp cinnamon Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Cover a baking sheet with [ ... ]

8 Superfoods for Your Brain

8 Superfoods for Your Brain Rev up your family’s brain power with these protein-heavy meals. You can maximize brain function by eating a healthy and balanced diet rich in complex carbohydrates, which are a primary fuel source for the brain. “Low carb diets may be in, but people must have complex [ ... ]

Passover Mushroom Schnitzel

3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup scallions, minced,including some green tops 1 cup onions, minced 1 1/2 lbs mushrooms, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste 1 tablespoon parsley, minced 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3 cup matzo meal salt and pepper, to taste Heat 1 tbs oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium heat. Fry scallions [ ... ]

Chicken Garlic Bites

Simple and fun to make, great to eat! Prep time includes marinating the chicken. Use matzoh meal instead of the breadcrumbs and this is good for Passover as well. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces 1/2 cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup breadcrumbs 1/4 [ ... ]

10 Superfoods for Stress Relief

10 Superfoods for Stress Relief Which foods to eat for your busy life, and which foods to avoid when you’re overwhelmed. You’re overwhelmed, overtired, and in desperate need of some mental and physical nourishment. You’re stressed. What can you do beyond throwing in the towel and hiding under the covers? [ ... ]

Potato Kugel with Fried Shallots

Kugel is a baked pudding, usually made with noodles or potatoes. This version, prepared with shredded potatoes and fried shallots, is crispy at the edges and deliciously creamy in the middle. ingredients 1 cup vegetable oil 4 large shallots, thinly sliced 5 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and coarsely shredded 1 large yellow onion, [ ... ]

10 Foods for a Healthy Immune System

All-Star Lineup For a healthy immune system, be sure to regularly include these star defence players in your diet. • Citrus fruits, tomatoes and sweet potatoes are rich in the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C. • Chicken soup helps flush out cold and flu viruses (by getting the mucus moving out [ ... ]

Passover Berry Pudding

2 1/2 to 3 pounds fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries 1 cup granulated sugar 1 (10-inch) Passover orange sponge cake (see recipe below) Lightly oil a deep, 7-inch diameter, 2- to 3-quart bowl or a Charlotte mold. Pick over berries; remove any stems. Combine berries and sugar in large saucepan. Cook over [ ... ]

Milk Products

Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are not the same, so don’t be tempted to substitute one for the other after accidentally picking up the wrong can at the grocery store. Sweetened condensed milk is mixed with a sweetener. If you find your self in a pinch this mix [ ... ]

vegetable kugel

5 large eggs 3 medium onions (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces, divided 14 green onions, coarsely chopped, divided 5 8-ounce russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes, divided 2 medium carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces, divided 1 large zucchini, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces, divided 1/2 [ ... ]

How to Clean Silver

How to clean Silver utensils etc. Using a sheet of aluminum foil, hot water, baking soda, table salt and a pan to do this in. Place a sheet of Aluminum foil on the bottom of any baking pan. Put your tarnished silver on the sheet. The silver must be [ ... ]