Archive for March, 2010

Healthy Herb Potatoes

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Healthy Herb Potatoes

Potatoes
Dried Herbs
Olive Oil or Vegetable Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and cut the potatoes into bite-size pieces.  

Put them in a gallon-size ziplock bag or other plastic bag (or you can do this is a bowl, but the bag is easier).  Add a splash of the oil, about 2 Tbl.

Toss them in the bag to coat them with the oil.

Add whatever herbs you like to the bag.  If you have an Italian blend, that works nicely.  I usually use thyme, basil, and parsley.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Toss everything well in the bag to coat evenly.

Spread out on a baking sheet and put in the oven.  Cook for about 35 minutes, depending on the size of your potatoes unti the outsides are golden brown and the insides are soft.

You can get creative, too!  Sometimes I add a handful of grated Parmesan cheese.

These are super easy and super delicious!

The Pool Sign from Hell

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The Pool Sign from Hell

This looks more like a ransom note than a pool sign!  I don’t even know where to begin…

I’m appalled, because this sign is from the athletic club where I go swimming.  The club itself is part of a very well-known, fairly expensive hotel chain.  This is also the pool that travelers and guests use.  I will refrain from naming them here for fear of embarassment…  OK, no I won’t…  It’s the Atlantis Club at the Radisson.

I have to look at this sign every time I swim the alternate lap.  Enough is enough!  I HAVE to say something…

How many times does the word “NO” appear?  How many different treatments with text color, size, placement, font, and so forth are there?  Ugh!

The title *WARNING* isn’t even centered.

Why on Earth would you bold the word “THE?”

NO Glass, NO Jumping, and NO Pool Toys are all treated differently as text.  I guess we’re supposed to glean that NO Jumping is more important because the text is bigger and bold?  Why is the word “NO” in the NO Glass also not red?  Did they run out of letters?   And we won’t even talk about spacing…  No, no, no, no, NO!!!

Professional, my butt…   A 3-year old could have done better.

Shame on you!

Easy Crockpot Pot Roast

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Easy Crockpot Pot Roast

3 lb Beef Chuck Roast
1 sm bag Baby Carrots
4 or 5 new Red Potatoes
3 Onions
2 small cans Beef broth
1 lg can diced Tomatoes (optional)
1/2 tsp Thyme
2 Bay leaves

Clean and cut the veggies.  Place in the bottom of the crockpot.  Add the can of diced Tomatoes (optional).  Add the Bay leaves.

Season the meat on both sides with salt, pepper, and Thyme.  Lay it in the crockpot on top of the veggies.

Add the Beef Broth.  Depending on the size of your crockpot and how many veggies you added, use enough of the Beef Broth to come up to just 1″ of room from the top.

Cook 8 hours on low.

That’s it — Easy, but super delicious!

Meal Planning Idea

This makes a LOT of food.  If you have a small family or are by yourself and don’t feel like eating post roast for the next week and a half, consider freezing it in containers for individual portions.  These are great Go-To’s for nights that you don’t feel like cooking or for lunch during the week.

Crop Circle Season Is Approaching

What are these hauntingly beautiful and mysterious designs in the fields?  And who makes them?

Since appearing in the media in the 1970s, crop circles have become the subject of speculation by various paranormal, ufological, and anomalistic investigators, ranging from proposals that they were created by freak meteorological phenomena to messages from extraterrestrials.

The location of many crop circles near ancient sites such as Stonehenge, barrows, and chalk horses has led to many New Age belief systems incorporating crop circles, including the beliefs that they are formed in relation to ley lines and that they give off energy that can be detected through dowsing.

Many circles have been faked by humans, but those that weren’t show signs of manipulation that aren’t able to be faked:   Increased radiation levels, nodes in the stalks that are steamed and bent – not broken, as well as other physical phenomina inside them.

The verdict is still out on what these beautiful anomolies are, but one thing is for sure — we’re in store for a very interesting season this year.

If these are indeed the result of solar bursts, radiation in the atmosphere, ground anomalies, then the weird weather, earthquakes, and other shaking meteoroligical events should prove to make some interesting patterns this year.

Crop Circle pictures in the 2009 season:   http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2009/2009.html

Crop Circle pictures for the 2010 season:  http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2010/2010.html

Note:    The Crop Circle Connector is the most well-respected and oldest site on the Web that first started documenting and recording crop circle pictures.  While the site is hard to navigate, it’s has some awesome information and research there, as well as proposed explanations or interpretations of what some of the circles represent.  Spend a little time there and click around.  You’ll be amazed at some of the earlier pictures and explanations in the early 2000’s.

Cannellini White Bean Dip

As much as I like hummus, I hardly ever make it myself because I just don’t cook with Tahini paste, so it’s never stocked in my pantry. 

This luscious, creamy, bean dip is so super-easy to prepare, and I always have Cannellini beans and the other ingredients on-hand. 

1/3 cup Olive Oil (about… I just drizzle from the bottle)
1/2 tsp Salt, plus more to taste
1/4 tsp freshly ground Pepper, plus more to taste
1 large can of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup fresh, flat-leaf Parsley
2 Tbls fresh Lemon Juice (from about 1/2 a lemon)
1 clove Garlic, smashed and chopped fine

In your food processor, combine the Cannellini beans, parsley, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped.  With the food processor running, gradually mix in the 1/3 cup of olive oil until the mixture is creamy (you may or may not need to use it all depending on the texture of the beans).  Season with more salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it!  How easy is that?

This dip is quick, but it always tastes like you spent a long time making it.  It’s delicious!  This dip is sooo delicious, you may just find yourself licking it from a spoon!

It’s definitely a case of the whole being more than the sum of its parts — This so creamy, that sometimes you’re not even sure that the base is beans.

Serving Ideas:

Instead of serving with pita wedges like hummus, try serving this with crostinis made from a nice Italian bread.  Breadsticks work well, too.

Also, this dip is fantastic with any crisp, fresh, vegetable.  Try colorful and sweet bell peppers, celery sticks, baby carrots,

broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, snow peas, and any other veggies you can think of.  This is the perfect veggie dip!

Mangia!  🙂