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Month: April 2006 (page 1 of 11)


If you want to succeed in your chosen profession, create a loving family environment, improve a relationship, find your soul mate, or just improve the quality of your personal life, make a conscious commitment to practice showing respect in everything you do and everything you say. source

Respect is the by-product of a four-letter word ? L-O-V-E

Love is one emotion, however we express it on different levels for different people. We love our significant others, children, friends, co-workers, and parents in different ways, yet we still love them.

Respect plays a HUGE role in building people’s self esteem, increasing energy levels, motivating and promoting well-being. Regardless of who we interact with, it can be expressed on one level alone and does not have to be tailored to suit the relationship.

Respect can be demonstrated in a variety of ways:

– attentive listening

– referring to a person by name

– being courteous and polite

– learning the person’s values and beliefs so as not to offend with inappropriate or offensive remarks

– taking the person aside when need be to discuss matters that would offend or demean if handled publicly

– eliminating offensive language and profanity from your vocabulary

By treating others with respect, you will be amazed by how they will go out of their way to support you. Like-minded individuals will be drawn to you and you will be treated with the same respect you show to others.

By showing respect you are silently communicating, “You Matter” and although you may not see an immediate impact, you are making a positive difference and will be rewarded for your kindness through universal reciprocation.

As you start this week, make a conscious effort to show respect to every soul you encounter, even the gnarly lady at the fruit stand and the cranky bus driver. Learn people’s names and show a genuine interest in them. Wish them a good day and thank them for their efforts.

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New Potatoes and Peas

It will be a few more weeks before I can have this springtime fest from my potato patch. New potaotes can be cooked in their thin skins or can be gently scraped with a knife so that only the thn shell is removed. I was asked the other day why I bother to grow potatoes when they are so cheap itn the store. New potatoes are why. They are not cheap to buy! Just picked peas are great too. I can eat them raw freshly picked. They are so sweet!

12 small new potatoes
3 cups fresh peas
1 teasspoon salt
brown butter or white sauce

Cook potatoes in a small amount of water until almost soft. Add peas and cook just until they and the potatoes are tender.

Spoon into serving dish and pour brown butter or white sauce over.

Servings: 4-6

White sauce

2 tabslpoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk

Melt butter or margarine. Stir in flour to form paste. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly over heat until smooth and thickened.


My creation


My creation

Baked, Creamed Chicken

This is a simple Amish entree.

1 chicken, cut up in serving pieces
1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
3 tablspoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups cream

Mix flour, salt and pepper together. Dredge chicken in mixture. Melt butter or margarine in skillet. Brown floured chicken on both sides, then place in roasting pan. Pour cream over chicken. Cover
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 -2 hours.

Makes 6 servings

The Ultimate Baked Potato or Microwave

The Ultimate Baked Potato

Use Russets only, Idaho or Oregon are the best.

Don’t store below 55°F or the starch will turn to sugar.

Wash and scrub well. 3M makes a green scrubby that works well.

Pat dry.

Prick the ends with a fork to let moisture escape during baking. This will make the potato fluffy instead of gummy.

Oil or butter lightly.

Season lightly with kosher salt and a few twist of the pepper mill on all sides.

Place on baking sheet, spaced 1/2″ apart and bake at 400°F for about 1 hour, depending on size. Potato will yield to pressure when done.

Cut open in wave shape with paring knife and squeeze ends. Serve immediately.
Microwave Potato

3-4 lg. baking potatoes

Bake on high 4 minutes. Turn each potato over. Bake another 4 minutes. Turn all potatoes again. Bake on half power 2 minutes, turn and bake another 2 minutes. Remove from oven. Wrap each potato in foil. Let them remain wrapped until ready to use. This is for microwave oven with 700 watt power.

Cauliflower and Edam cheese (Edammer bloemkool )

Thsi is a wonderful recipe. It seems that cauliflower and cheese were made for each other. The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of condensed milk. I decided to change the recipe a bit by using cream instead so I would not have to open a whole can or condensed milk. You can add a small amount of sugar to sweeten the dish or use the original 2 tablespoons condensed milk. Using cream will change the results since condensed milk is milk that has the water reduced and sweetened with sugar.

Edam cheese is a very mild tasting, semisoft Dutch cheese, slightly salty or nutty and with almost no smell when compared to other cheeses

Edammer bloemkool

Cauliflower and Edam cheese

1 cauliflower
3 eggs
2 Tablespoons cream
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
salt, pepper
paprika powder
7 ounces grated aged (Edam) cheese

Cut the cauliflower into its individual florets and wash them. Boil the florets for 10 minutes in one cup of lightly-salted water. Drain.

Beat the eggs with the condensed milk, cup of milk and half of the grated cheese. Add the flour and pepper and paprika to taste.

Put the florets in a greased oven dish. Pour the egg-and-cheese mix over it and sprinkle the remainder of the grated cheese on top. Bake in a preheated oven at 200ºC/395ºF for about 35 minutes.

Serve with pan-fried sliced potatoes.

Gulf Coast-Style White Rice Pilaf (Arroz Blanco)

I use my rice cooker (after I saute the ingredients) to make this but the instructions here use an oven. This simple pilaf goes with any type of food and is the type I cook most often. For a change of I sometimes different ingredients such as peas, carrots(finely chopped), corn, peppers and lentils. You can also add herbs such as oregano, and cumin. You can also add a can of beans.

1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1 1/2 cups white rice
1 small white onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 3/4 cups chicken broth or chicken base with added water to make 1 3/4 cups
3 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parley (optional)

Turn the oven to 350 degrees and position a rack in the middle. Set a medium (3 quart) oven proof sauce pan over medium heat. Add oil, rice and onion, Saute until the grains turn translucent to milkly white, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and stir a few more minutes, then add chicken broth and 1 teaspoon salt( you might want to omit if using the chicken base) Stir and let come to boil.

Cover and set in the middle of oven . Bake 25 minutes, Remove and let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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