I  was on Facebook and saw someone whom I knew from a while back. Naturally, I decided to just perusing her page.  I came upon this site that she shared.  I am so excited to share it with you.  It gave me some things to do with KIDS.  If you have a ton of apples lying around, this might be for you.  The woman gives lessons so does  a step by step explanation.  Granted they are not all that easy, but kids will have fun trying and you will to.

Apple carving by Mutita Edible Art!

Grilled Cheese–easy dinner

Who does not like grilled cheese!!  I know that it can cure even the most ridiculous cravings.

The company that I work for has panini sandwiches on the menu.  I had been there for 2 plus years before I decided to have one.  I was el-cheapo.  I could not bring myself to spend 10 bucks on a sandwich and even with a discount, almost 8 bucks.

So I recently had the mozzarella and tomato panini with a fresh basil.  They pressed Ciabatta bread and the cheese melted, not to mention the 2 inch sandwich shrunk to .75 inches.  Before it was put in the press, it was brushed with butter.

I was not even hungry like that but I ate the whole sandwich in one sitting.  So to my task a hand, I will share with you, as per the Food Network Magazine, some grilled cheese sandwich ideas.  It does require that you maybe hit a gourmet food store or walk around a few more isles in the supermarket.

Goat Cheese-Peppadew (No. 6)

Mix 1/2 cup cream cheese with 1/4 cup goat cheese and 8 chopped Peppadew peppers. Sandwich one-quarter of the mixture between 2 slices multigrain bread. Cook, flipping once, until golden. (Use the remaining cheese mixture for more sandwiches.)

Blue Cheese and Onion (No. 21)

Sandwich 2 slices marble rye bread with 1 slice each Muenster and soft blue cheese, some caramelized onions and another slice of Muenster. Cook, flipping once, until golden.

Pizza (No. 43)

Spread 2 slices Italian bread with marinara sauce and sandwich with 1 slice provolone, 2 slices pepperoni and 1 slice mozzarella. Cook in a mixture of butter and olive oil.

Brie and Marmalade (No. 48)

Spread 2 slices cinnamon-raisin bread with orange marmalade. Sandwich with 2 slices Brie (remove the rind) and cook, flipping once, until golden.

Date, Manchego and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients: 4 oz grated Aged Manchego cheese 1 T sour cream pinch salt 4 slices Country bread 4 slices Prosciutto or other cured ham (cough Serrano…Jamon Iberico…cough) 1-2 T buttter for skillet

For Date Spread: 1/4 cup dried, pitted dates

1/4 cup boiling water 1 t pomegranate molasses


1. Make the date spread: soak the dates in the boiling water for 5 minutes. Add the pomegranate molasses. Puree in blender/food processor. Set aside.

2. Combine grated Manchego with sour cream and pinch of salt. Set aside.

3. Take 2 slices bread. Spread date spread on one side of one piece of bread.

4. Layer one slice prosciutto on each slice of bread.

5. Place half of the cheese mixture on one slice of bread. Spread to edges.

6. Place other slice of bread with prosciutto on top.

7. Heat cast iron skillet over medium for a few minutes. Add half of the butter. Swirl to coat the pan. Place sandwich in pan and grill on both sides till as golden brown as you like it (some of us like things more burnt than others!).

8. Repeat steps 3-7 for second sandwich

Share with everyone your favorite grilled cheese sandwich and favorite grilled cheese moment.

It is getting cold outside and you may need to get your grilled cheese on!!!

Home Gardens

who has not dreamt of a home garden

i guess you have to dream of a home first 🙂

so on a little visit to a friend recently we hit the jackpot

the friend kept such a nice organized garden


she had squash, bitter melon, bodi (long beans), tomatoes, scallions, peppers (small hot and regular), okra, string beans, cucumber and zucchini

it was a hobby and something she did when she came home from work–some of us watch tv, some of us cook and bake, some us run, some of bike, some of us play video games, some of us sleep

or you could do some serious gardening, in the summer at least


check out the pictures (below)

today i will make my favorite pie (previous posting)–zucchini, tomato, eggplant pie (super easy)

I also will make the bodi into curry bodi–curry bodi is an Indian favorite from the West Indies

the cucumbers–we will just eat with every meal and maybe i will make a tzatziki dip for vegetables

then nothing would have gone to waste

attached are some recipes from my previous post and also the tzatziki dip (unproven) and another layer pie for veggies–enjoy

(click links)
Weekend gardening