Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Insalata Pomodoro (Tomato Salad)

3 large fresh  plum/roma tomatoes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic clove, minced
2 fresh basil leaves chopped
1/8 teaspoon oregano 2 sprigs
fresh parsley chopped
salt and pepper

In a bowl put oil and seasonings. Add tomatoes, either sliced or in small chunks.  Use salt and pepper to taste, and mix well.  Let marinate at room temperature at least an hour, for a few hours in the refrigerator. Serve with Italian bread or crusty rolls.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Mussels for Valentines Day

2 lbs. Mussels
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp. unsalted promise margarine
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 large plum tomatoes, cored, put through food processor
3/4 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon basil, oregano
pinch of cayenne pepper

Fill a large pot with water and add mussels.

In a seperate medium sized saucepan or wok style pan, sauté garlic  in margarine, stirring over medium heat for 2 minutes.

Stir in the garlic, sauté for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes, spices and herbs except for fresh parsley.

Heat the water and  the mussels on to high burner.

Cook the tomatoes for 2 minutes, then add the wine and salt and pepper to taste.

Quickly bring the tomatoes to a boil and boil for 5–8 minutes, until the sauce is as thick as you like.

Keep the sauce over very low heat.  Add fresh parsley just before serving.

Meanwhile, steam the mussels for about 6 to 9 minutes until they have opened.

Discard any that do not open.

Arrange the mussels on serving plates.

Spread the shells slightly, or break off the empty half; and spoon some of the sauce over each mussel.

Serve with boiled pasta of choice and garlic bread.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Oatmeal in the Crockpot and Lowering Cholesterol

A great breakfast to lower your cholesteral!

8 cups water
2 cups oats
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried apricots or pineapple, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

 Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots or pineapple and salt in a 5- or 6-quart crock pot. Turn heat to low. Cover and cook until the oats are tender and the oatmeal is creamy, 7-8 hours.

How Does Oatmeal Help Lower Cholesterol?

It is thought that the oat fibers in oatmeal mix with cholesterol in the small intestine, then bind to the cholesterol molecules and carry it out of the body -- instead of it being absorbed into the blood.
Oatmeal seems to be most effective in lowering LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) levels. According to the studies in adults, LDL cholesterol may be lowered by 10 percent in some cases. In these studies, anywhere between 40 and 60 grams -- or roughly one bowl -- of oatmeal was consumed by each subject per day. The cholesterol lowering benefits of oatmeal is also dose-dependent. That is, the more oatmeal you eat, the lower your cholesterol will go.
Although oatmeal is helpful in lowering cholesterol, some of the ingredients placed in oatmeal may not be. This would include chocolate, butter whole milk, and cheeses. Be sure to check the ingredients of instant oatmeal and the fat content of added ingredients if you want to achieve the full, cholesterol-lowering effect of oatmeal.

Plastic Filled Christmas Ornaments

The skies the limit with imagination with these plastic filled Christmas ornaments! Using things I find around the house and outside t...