The other day I was going to be out for quite awhile. We have a fifteen year old Brittney Spaniel that is beginning to require even more attention than we give her. I called on a neighbor to come over several times to let her out. How do you thank neighbors who are kind enough to do this task for you? I find sharing a home baked item is always appreciated.I was in the mood for double chocolate scones, however, I know that if I baked them, I would find myself eating more than just one.
I found this recipe many years ago in Better Homes and Garden Magazine. Sharing part of the scones is a perfect remedy to over indulging. So yesterday morning, still slightly warm from the oven, I made my way over to my neighbors' house. It was a perfect match for their morning tea.
About five years ago, my family in north Jersey discovered a ravioli maker in Totowa called Fontanarosa Gourmet Specialty Foods. Fontanarosa has been located on Lincoln Avenue in Totowa since 1982. I don't know how my family missed this one. However, whenever I'm in in the area, I like to pop and and purchase unusual, but extremely delicious ravioli.
Several weeks ago my husband and I happened to be in north Jersey and we made a stop at Fontanarosa. I purchased butternut squash, apple and walnuts ravioli. Earlier this week we had the butternut squash ravioli. I dressed the ravioli with Williams-Sonoma's butternut squash pasta sauce. While the W-S sauce was delicious, I think the next time I'll try a simple butter sauce with a splash of Delicious Orchards Apple Cider to bring out the apple flavor in the ravioli.
Every now and then I enjoy a juicy, barbecue grilled burger topped just with ketchup on a potato bun. However, one must be conscious of the choices they make.
Ben Carson wrote an article on the Berkeley Wellness website (part of the University of California) that not only should a healthy diet include exercise, but eating fatty fish, legumes, nuts, oats and barley (beta-glucan), olive oil and strawberries. Consuming fish and legumes helps reduce cardiovascular disease. Another benefit of consuming legumes is that they are high in fiber and have a lower glycaemic index, which means that it takes longer for the digestive system to break them down thereby making you feel fuller longer.
Last week my son brought me some golden tile fish from a local fish market called local 130. Local 130 supports and tries to sustain the local fish community in the USA. In doing a bit of research on golden tile fish, I learned from the website FishChoice, that golden tile fish is low in fat and has a delicate has a sweet taste similar to lobster or crab. My son purchased two nice size fillets for my husband and myself. While the fish was filleted, you need to be careful of small pin bones that may remain in the flesh of the fish.
Earlier this week I had some time to prepare supper. Digging through one of my many files of recipes, I came across a recipe for chicken tetrazzini. It's another one of my recipes where I can't recall where I found it. I tried "Googling" it to see if I can find the recipe to link to, but alas, I'm not that fortunate tonight.
I did a bit of research and find that this recipe was invented in the early 1900's by Ernest Arbogast the chef at a hotel in San Francisco called the Palace Hotel, where opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini was a resident. There is a bit of discussion as to where the dish actually had its beginnings. In any event, it's a wonderful casserole dish requires a bit of prep, but can be prepared ahead of time.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.