Archive for May 17th, 2009

First, let me tell you about a wonderful Cod recipe I just posted.  It has it’s own page. See Cod with a Thai Curry Twist.

Now, for Sunday Evening dinner.  Tonights meal has a “German” twist.  The following dinner is for the meat eater as well as the vegetarian.  The following meal will serve 4.  Get ready….GO!

Red and Sweet German Potato Salad


  • 2 Red Potatoes
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato
  • 5 Strips SOY Bacon
  • 2 TBS SmartBalance (butter substitute)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 4 oz flour
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable broth
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Cook the potatoes. I cooked my potatoes all at once in the microwave for 10 minutes. Peel and dice.

Add the soy bacon to a pan and cook until crisp. Remove and chop.  Add the SMART BALANCE and the onion to the hot pan (medium high heat) cook 2 minutes, add “bacon” back in with the onions and cook about 5 minutes – until tender.  Add the flour, stir around and cook 2 minutes. Add the vinegar and the broth and stir vigorously until thickened.  Add the sauce to the potatoes and mix VERY CAREFULLY – your potatoes may be soft.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve hot or cold.

Ginger Snap Gravy * Use Beef Broth For this if you Eat Meat. If not, you can use a light red wine AND vegetable broth.


  • 1 cup crushed Ginger Snaps
  • 2 1/2 cups Beef Broth / or 1 cup red wine and 1 1/2 of Veggie Broth.

In a food processor, add the cookies and crush fine. Bring the liquid to a boil.  Add the cookies and stir to desired thickness.  NOTE:  If you desire a fine, finished look to the gravy, strain it through a fine strainer.  It will eliminate any lumps.

TED’s Grilled Pork Chops


Preheat oven to 250 F.

Two boneless chops about 1 1/2 ” thick.  Heat grill on high.  *Make sure the grill is HOT- high heat otherwise your chops won’t cook through. Rub oil all over chops.  Salt and pepper both sides of meat. Grill 2 minutes first side. Turn over. Grill 2 minutes 2nd side. Turn over making sure the grill lines go in a criss-cross fashion. Grill 2 minutes. Turn again…2 minutes.  Now, rest the chop on it’s thick side and grill 2 minutes and do the same for the other side.    Put into the oven for 10 minutes to relax and finish.

JOANNE’s Grilled Tofu


Preheat oven to 250 F.

Pat dry the tofu  – getting as much moisture out of it as possible.  Slice into 5 squares for a 10 oz box of tofu.  Rub with olive oil, salt and red pepper both sides. Place on foil and grill 4 minutes one side, 4 minutes other side. Remove to a 200 F degree oven to finish cooking.

Serve with broccoli, Red and Sweet German Potato Salad over Ginger Snap Gravy.

We enjoyed this dinner with all the different twists on taste. While we were enjoying dinner, we had entertainment by watching a robin chase a squirrel across our back porch.  Unusual…usually they’re friends.

Have a great night.


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Race Day Sunday

The 2009 National Hall of Fame 5K Race was in question for today since Shane and I did our long run and also since I hadn’t done any running of the training sort all week while in South Carolina.  I picked up my race packet Saturday just in case since there was no registration on the day of the race.  Well, I did it.  Went for a 3 mile walk with Shane then off to the race.  I ran it in 25.3. Not my best not my worst.

Following the race, it was a rush to get home and showered because we had an invitation to The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Sponsors and Business Members Brunch.  It was in honor and to  introduce the new President of Munson Williams, Daniel E. O’Leary, Ph.D.


We met some of our neighbors whom we had never had the pleasure of meeting previously. Turned out they new my parents as they were all members of the Garden Club years ago.

We sat with Bob of the couple, Nancy and Bob…Nancy was too exhausted to attend after a physically and emotionally challenging weekend thus far.  We missed you, Nancy!

The food was buffet style and plentiful of fruits and sweet cookies and breads. They had broccoli quiche, traditional quiche and also zucchini quiche.  They offered scrambled eggs, your standard brunch meats of bacon, sausage as well as a champagne chicken.  There was a delightful poundcake french toast served with peaches. For those who chose to add syrup to their french toast, it was a disappointment because the pound cake didn’t handle the added moisture very well.   All in all, a wonderfully successful welcoming brunch for Dr. O’Leary.

Once home, Ted and Shane went into the yard for some grueling sticks and branches pick up duty. I did house chores as well as managing to bake up a couple of beauties.  1.  Rose Water and Caraway Butter Cookies. 2.  Banana Tea Cake.

Rose Water and Caraway Butter Cookies, 48 cookies  The taste is very mild but interesting with the rose water and caraway.  Don’t be tempted to add vanilla as it will detract from the rose water essence detectable in this cookie.


  • 1 cup Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBS Rose Water
  • 2 TBS Caraway Seeds

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Cream the butter and honey. Add the eggs and beat well. Mix the flour, baking soda and add to the butter mixture.  Stir in the  rose water and caraway seeds. Drop by 1 1/2 tsps onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten an bake for 8 – 10 minutes.

Next on the list was to use up some whole milk some “intruder” left in our fridge. 

Banana Tea Cake, Makes 1 9×4 loaf or you can use a square baking dish but change the bake time accordingly.


There is NO butter or added fat in this recipe.  The fat is in the egg yolk and the whole milk.  Also, to avoid adding fat, the bananas work well.

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole milk (you may also use yogurt or buttermilk)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease the baking dish you will use to bake.  Beat the sugar and the bananas REALLY well, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs and beat again for 2 minutes.  Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and then blend in gently to the wet mix…JUST until combined.  Add the milk and the cinnamon and again, mix JUST until combined.  Pour the batter into your pan and bake 1 hour for the loaf pan and about 40 minutes for the square pan.   Test with a knife to insure doneness.

As for tonight, there is some pretty interesting things being grilled and cooked.  Stay tuned.  Have a great Sunday.

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