Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Crabby Rice Patties

When working up this dish I mixed everything but the eggs so I could taste my mixture as I went along.  This allowed me to add as much or as little of the Old Bay seasoning as I wanted and it allowed me to come up with the perfect cheese flavor to fit my taste. I used plain Panko bread crumbs but I'm sure seasoned would be good.  I haven't tried it yet but I want to give this a try using Salmon instead of crab.  Bet that one will be good too.  Now that I've gotten your attention, see the full recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Magnum Ice Cream

Foodbuzz Tastemakers and Magnum Ice cream sent me a nice little surprise this week.  I received a coupon for a free package of Magnum ice cream bars which came to the stores in the U. S. for the first time this month.  They come in several flavors which I'll tell you about.

Magnum Classic - silky vanilla bean ice cream dipped in a thick layer of Belgian milk chocolate.
Magnum Almond - silky vanilla bean ice cream covered in a thick layer of Belgian milk chocolate with crunchy almonds.
Magnum Double Chocolate - creamy chocolate ice cream enrobed in a luscious chocolatey coating, rich chocolatey sauce and thick Belgian milk chocolate.
Magnum Double Caramel - silky vanilla bean ice cream enrobed in a luscious chocolatey coating, rich caramel sauce and thick Belgian milk chocolate.
Magnum Dark - silky vanilla bean ice cream dipped in 60% cacao Belgian dark chocolate.
Magnum White - silky vanilla bean ice cream dipped in a thick layer of Belgian white chocolate

For those of you who know me, you'll have no problem picking the flavor for me.  For those of you who don't just look at the picture and you will have my choice.  I'm not a chocolate lover but will just about anything made with white chocolate and this ice cream lived up to it's name "Magnum."  The vanilla bean ice cream is so rich, creamy and smooth.  The white chocolate coating is thick and oh so heavenly!  I plan on trying the caramel and almond flavors but I know that the White Chocolate will be my favorite.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Potato Chip Shrimp

Remember the Potato Chip Chicken recipe?  Well, I decided to try it using shrimp.  I did eliminate the French fried onions because I didn't want to cover up the flavor of the shrimp but give it a try if you want.  These are really good!

Find the Potato Chip Chicken recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet.  Follow the recipe using shrimp instead of chicken.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Wonderful Review for Stir, Laugh, Repeat Cookbook

5.0 out of 5 stars quick recipes, April 17, 2011
Hank Quense (Bergenfield, NJ USA) -  
This review is from: Stir, Laugh, Repeat (Kindle Edition)
Cheves cookbook

I do a lot of cooking and consequently, I read a lot of cookbooks. All of them have many complicated recipes calling for a lot for ingredients. I always assumed that was the way of the cook. Until I got a copy of Martha Cheves' cook book Stir, Laugh, Repeat.

This cookbook specializes in simple recipes that should find favor with working couples who haven't the time or energy to cook complicated recipes. Martha's recipes call for pre-packaged ingredients that could be stocked in advance and used as the need arises.

As an example, Martha has a chicken and rice recipe that has similarities to the Spanish classic Arroz con Pollo, one that I make a lot. I use chicken, rice, onions, peppers, tomatoes, broth, saffron and other spices. It takes twenty minutes of prep work and an hour of stovetop cooking; adding ingredients, stirring etc. Martha's recipes calls for chicken and a prepackaged box of saffron rice and a few other ingredients with almost no preparation time and less than a half-hour in the oven.

All in all, this cookbook should find favor with many busy families and others who aren't thrilled by cooking but like to eat.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Smoky Sausage Quiche

This dish is so simple to make and to make life even easier I used pre-cut peppers and onions.  These can be found in the freezer department and are usually mixed red and green.   You can cut this recipe in half but after tasting you will probably wish you hadn't.  I used cheddar cheese but I'm sure pepper jack would have been wonderful!  To complete the meal I served a salad and slices of fruit.
See the full recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pineapple Orange Clouds

1 bag (10 1/2 oz.) mini marshmallows
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup soft cream cheese
1 cup whipped topping

Mix all together.  ENJOY!

Notes:  The flavor from the mandarin oranges gives this dish a touch of tartness.  It isn't super sweet and it's so good that you may not want to change anything at all.  Well, you could add a few nuts if you want.  For my cream cheese I used Philly's new Cooking Cream Cheese.  It worked perfectly.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Baking Soda Tips and Uses

1. Washing food
Make a paste of baking soda on a clean sponge, and then wash toxins off the skin of fruits and vegetables. Rinse well before eating.

2. Drain cleaner
Okay, baking soda it isn't as powerful as commercial de-cloggers, but it cost virtually pennies to make and is a great first line of defense. Take a half cup of baking soda, pour down drain followed by half cup of white vinegar. Place a glass bowl over the top of the drain for two hours, then rinse with hot water. This should remove grease and dirt build-up through the pipes.

3. Vacuum odors
Sprinkle baking soda on the floor, then vacuum it up to kill odors in your vacuum.

4. Welcome mats

Speaking of floors, according to Lansky's book, you can ditch and deodorize the dirt at your front door by sprinkling baking soda on welcome mats, then vacuuming up the powder.

5. Soft hands
Make baking soda into a paste and use on hands while washing dishes. It'll help remove tough baked-on food while softening your hands at the same time.

6. Musty books
Do you have some old and musty books that you can't bear to throw out? Sprinkle some baking soda between the pages, and brush it out a few days later for a fresh scent

7. Mothball smell
According to the blog, Green Eco Services, the smell of mothballs on clothing can be removed by adding  baking soda to your washing machine's rinse cycle to eliminate the odor.
8. Oil and grease
Sprinkle soda on the garage or basement floor to soak up oil and grease.

9. Weathered look
If you want a quick way to eliminate mold and mildew while achieving a weathered look for your deck, Green Eco Services recommends you use baking soda. Wash your deck with a solution of two cups baking soda in one gallon water, and use a stiff straw brush to work the solution into the wood, then rinse with cool water for a clean, yet aged patina.

10. Weed killer
Sweeping large amounts of sodium-rich baking soda into the cracks of your paved walks and driveways will eliminate weeds and dandelions.

11. Canvas cleaner
To clean anything canvas, rub on a paste of baking soda, then rub off.

12. Burnt pots
To eliminate seriously burnt-on food, pour in a thick cushion of baking sod=, add an inch or so of water, and put the pot on the stove to boil. After boiling for a minute, try scrubbing again (don't burn yourself). The burned-on mess should come right off.

13. Plastic shower curtains
One of the best tips in Lansky's book alleviates this stubborn problem and puts down on the amount of money spent on shower curtains: Wash mildewed or dirty plastic shower curtains in the washing machine on the gentle cycle with a couple of bath towels, and add in a half cup of baking soda and detergent during the wash cycle. Add in one cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle, then let drip dry.

14. Automatic dishwasher detergent
Make an automatic dish washing detergent using baking soda: Simply mix two tablespoons baking soda and two tablespoons borax, as a alternative to commercial detergent.. If you prefer to use your dish washing detergent, but want a cleaning boost, then just sprinkle a good amount of baking soda over dirty dishes, then wash as usual.

15. Stinky clothes
We know that baking soda deodorizes just about anything, but here's another way to use it for clothing with a deep smoke or gasoline odor. Place the clothing in a plastic bag with baking soda for two days, then wash as usual.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Chex Mix Chicken

A few days ago I posted my Potato Chip Chicken on Martha's Recipe Cabinet.  Well, I've tried another flavor.  This dish was made using the same recipe but instead of using the crushed potato chips I used crushed Chex Mix with peanuts.  I created this by using my motto "Think With Your Taste Buds."

Thursday, April 7, 2011


1 Cup = 8 oz. or 16 Tbsp. or 48 tsp. or 237 ml
3/4 Cup = 6 oz. or 12 Tbsp. or 36 tsp. or 177 ml
2/3 Cup = 5 oz. or 11 Tbsp. or 32 tsp. or 158 ml
1/2 Cup = 4 oz. or 8 Tbsp. or 24 tsp. or 118 ml
1/3 Cup - 3 oz. or 5 Tbsp. or 16 tsp. or 79 ml
1/4 Cup = 2 oz. or 4 Tbsp. or 12 tsp. or 59 ml
1/8 Cup = 1 oz. or 2 Tbsp. or 6 tsp. or 30 ml
1/16 Cup = .5 oz. or 1 Tbsp. or 3 tsp. or 15 ml

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ground Beef Stuffed Shells

For this dish I used a cheese blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack.  You can use any cheese that you like.  The seasoning I used was an herb and garlic blend.  Think With Your Taste Buds and use whatever you really enjoy on your meats.  You can also leave out the soup and cover with a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce for a totally different taste and dish.  See the full recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another Great Review for Stir, Laugh, Repeat

Review for Martha Cheves book, Stir, laugh, repeat.

Martha A. Cheves has a wonderful sense of family, and it shows through this compilation of her tasty selection of recipes and quotes. As you read and study the delicious recipes, you’ll love the way she adds a personal touch of family and friends to make it more inviting and fun.
I have not seen a recipe quite the likes of this. My mouth waters and I chuckle as I read through the quips and quotes of her fun and catchy stories. Indeed a collection of recipes worth tasting and sharing! I have already tasted two of her recipes and you must own this book. Its worth every chuckle and morsel it contains!! She has many great tips as well, which we cooks always love to know, so if you like to eat as well as cook, this lovely cook-book is a must have!
   Reviewed by author, writer, poet and cook! Sharon Hays  
Books: Mysteerie Manor, Mysteerie Manor II, The Tumbleweed Family, (children’s book) and soon a compilation of Poetry and Art Coffee Table book that any art and poet will enjoy!, and

Monday, April 4, 2011

Peanut Butter Bars

This cookie was flavored with Peanut Butter Bars.  In the picture you'll see the type of peanut butter bars I used.  You can also make these using chocolate coated peanut butter candy instead of the type I used.  Plus, this works great with crushed toffee candy.  For my glaze I used Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes.  I keep a bottle of this in my refrigerator to use when I want a glaze that isn't sticky when cooled.  This works perfect.  You can also use the chocolate glaze for added flavor.

Find my recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Potato Chip Chicken

I found a recipe for chicken crusted with cheese crackers and couldn't wait to give it a try.  It turned out that I was out of cheese crackers so I did my usual - I decided to Think With My Taste Buds and came up with this recipe.  This does have cheese in the crust so changes can be in the cheese flavor.  Pepper Jack would be wonderful and give it a touch of heat or you can increase the amount of onions and add more flavor.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

10 Plants that are Poisonous to Dogs

This was on mnn (Mother Nature Network) and is rather long but if you're a dog lover like me, its important to have this info.

1. Grapes -- The toxicity of grapes to dogs was once thought to be an urban legend, but it's true; even a small serving can cause vomiting and diarrhea, while larger amounts can lead to kidney failure. Researchers aren't yet sure what exactly causes this reaction, whether pesticides or a fungal toxin.
And while keeping the grapes and raisins in your pantry away from your dog is a concern, you should be on the lookout for grapevines outside as well. As any dog owner knows, berries and fruits of all sorts are a tempting treat.
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2. Mushrooms -- While there are plenty of great-tasting, perfectly safe mushrooms out there, dogs just don't seem capable of discerning the difference between the edible and the toxic. To be on the safe side, it's best not to allow dogs to eat any wild mushrooms at all, unless you can confidently identify the species yourself.
Amanita, Galerina and Lepiota species are especially dangerous because they contain toxins that cause a series of worsening symptoms, from vomiting to swelling in the brain. Amanita phalloides, the Death Cap mushroom, is responsible for most of the reported fatal mushroom poisoning cases in dogs.
3. Marijuana -- For most people, the likelihood of your pet gaining access to marijuana -- whether on a live plant or not -- is relatively low. But regardless of your view of marijuana's safety for human use, it has absolutely no benefits for your pet.
After ingesting marijuana, a dog can experience symptoms like slow heart rate, lack of coordination, disorientation, drooling and tremors that can persist for up to three days.
4. Lilies -- While lilies are well-known as a serious danger to cats, certain varieties are highly toxic to dogs as well.
The peace lily, calla lily, amaryllis, lily of the valley, autumn crocus and the common houseplant, giant Dracaena or palm lily, are all deemed dangerous to dogs by the ASPCA. Ingestion of lilies can cause gastrointestinal upset, depression, anorexia and tremors.
5. Black walnuts -- Dropping from black walnut trees by the thousands, the nuts themselves don't contain anything that can harm your dog.
But once they start to decompose, they grow molds that can cause tremors and seizures. If you have one of these trees in your yard and your dog seems attracted to the nuts, it might be a good idea to rake them up on a regular basis.
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6. Sago palm -- Often used in landscaping and as houseplants, sago palms develop seed pods that are often very tempting to dogs.
Unfortunately, the whole plant and the seeds in particular contain a potent toxin called cycasin that can be fatal, even if the dog only eats a single seed. Ingestion of any part or amount of this plant warrants immediate emergency treatment.
7. Azalea -- A member of the widely toxic genus rhododendron, the azalea is found in many varieties all over the United States and is commonly used as an ornamental flowering shrub in landscaping.
Ingestion of just a few leaves can cause serious issues like digestive upset, drooling, loss of appetite, weakness and leg paralysis. In some cases, eating azalea can lead to coma or death.
8. Castor bean -- This ornamental tropical plant, also used as a crop for castor oil, contains the toxic protein ricin.
At the least, eating this plant can burn a dog's mouth and throat and lead to excessive thirst, vomiting and diarrhea. But ingestion of even an ounce of seeds can be lethal.
9. Daffodils -- Among the first blooms to herald the arrival of spring, daffodils are a cheerful addition to the garden, but they contain poisonous alkaloids that can cause vomiting, excessive salivation, diarrhea, convulsions, tremors and heart problems.
The bulbs are the most dangerous part of the plant. Other common names for the daffodil include narcissus, jonquil and paper white.
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10. Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) -- With its broad variegated leaves, the dieffenbachia is often recommended as an ideal houseplant for natural air purification.
But if you choose to have one in your home, be sure it's well out of your dog's reach. When eaten, it not only burns the mouth and throat but causes the esophagus to swell, potentially blocking the dog's airway.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Beef Stew - Crockpot Method

This is so good served over rice or noodles.  The meat I used is a lean cut of round but you can use any lean pre-cut stew meat.  You can use any mushrooms you might like.  I like portabella but white button are good too.  You can also add carrots giving you everything but the bread in one dish.  This is great served with slaw, cornbread, crackers or rolls.  Find my full recipe by going to Martha's Recipe Cabinet