Saturday, January 11, 2014

Week 1 Saturday (1/11/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Twice Baked New Potatoes
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
Pages 212 - 213      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins
461 calories for 1.5 potatoes
(Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         What can one say about the potato? It has been important to our country since the time of our discovery. Teaching American history I always share that many great things we have today came over with the European explorers.  I heard somewhere that there are about 5,000 varieties of potatoes.  Just imagine how long it would take to sample all 5,000 types of this delicious side dish. We are pretty creative in how we serve this yummy starch.  We stuff, French fry, shred, boil, bake, roast, mash, cream, tot-a-fie, scallop, pancake, steam, twice-bake, croquette, and turn them into fries.  With all of these ways to serve the potato, it makes it a food for all meals.  Let’s face it. When was the last time you had a Big Mac without the fries??? It seems sacrilegious to me!

Today’s critics: 
         Just little old me because I made them late in the night and only made a few and sharing seemed like a bad idea.  You see, I love potatoes almost as much as hamburgers. So I had a selfish night.
         These potatoes were so yummy!  Ree added three different types of cheese, which made these gems decadent.  My only problem with the recipe came when I was scooping out the shell.  Apparently, I needed to leave more potato in the shell because the shell literally fell apart.  I took so much out because these red potatoes were really small.  BIG MISTAKE!  Did it change the flavor? Not at all. I truly enjoyed every single bite.  Live and learn as some brilliant person exclaimed.

Random Reflections

         Animal Shelters need help all year around and most donations for shelters come in during the Christmas holidays when people are consumed with the idea of giving. I have decided to post this entry every three months to help remind everyone of the needs of these poor lost animals.  This was the list Anderson Animal Shelter posted under “Help”. If you are a part of any organization, please consider sponsoring a drive for these sweet animals. So please GIVE!

·       Paper Towels and Toilet Tissue
·       Fabuloso floor cleaner or Mr. Clean floor cleaner
·       Large dog pill pockets
·       KMR (kitten replacement milk), feeding bottles and other kitten supplies
·       Pedigree canned dog food
·       Fancy Feast canned cat food
·       Friskies canned cat food
·       Gift cards to Petco, PetSmart or Costco
·       Pet wipes
·       Disinfecting wipes
·       Dawn dish soap
·       Gently used towels and blankets
·       Soft Paws or Soft Claws
·       Kitty litter – non scoopable
·       Bleach
·       Cat toys
·       Feliway spray or plug in refills
·       Cat scratching posts
·       Cat trees for climbing
·       Cat condo's (cages)
·       Stretch and Scratch (
·       Stainless steel pet food bowls
·       Glade or Air Wick plug in refills
·       Hand Sanitizer
·       Training Treats
·       Monetary donations – this is a biggie (According to Anderson Animal Shelter - $35.00 can cover the upkeep for one animal until adopted)  This is not asking too much to save one life.

Helpful Home Hints

            Rubber bands can be really useful around the house when you are remodeling or just repainting a room.  Good Housekeeping (July 2013) had a new use for this old time office supply. Just stretch a thick rubber band centered across the top of a paint can. Rather than dip your brush in and wipe it on the side of the can – wipe off the excess paint on the middle of the rubber band thus leaving the edges paint free.  One of the biggest drags is when the can edges rust from the excess paint and the lid does not close tightly. This will leave a better seal when you are finished. Way to go Good Housekeeping for your great advice.

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