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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cantucci ..Signal the End of a Tuscan Dinner

Here they are ,so many have been emailing about these little gems, they are typical of Tuscany..whenevr you are having dinenr in Tuscany and someone brings out the cantucci and Vin Santo (a sweet wine)..that is the signal that dinner is over..enjoy...

Cantucci Biscotti
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup whole almonds
4 whole eggs beaten
1 tsp of grated orange peel
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place whole, unpeeled almonds on cookie sheet, place in oven and toast for 3 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and chop in large pieces.
Sift flour into a bowl. Place inside sugar, eggs, baking powder, orange peel, pinch of salt. Blend well till dough is smooth, but not too soft., then add in  almonds and blend in.
Cover cookie sheet with baking paper. Form dough into a long roll, the form of a long finger. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and cut diagonally to form biscotti. Cover cookie sheet with baking paper, place single biscotti on baking paper and bake for approx 25 minutes or until crispy and golden. Remove.

100 Dogs

This is an actual news story that broke in Canada regarding an outdoor aventures company that offers dog sled rides being accused of having up to 100 of their sled dogs killed to cut costs following a downturn in business.The owner of the Whistler company that allegedly had 100 sled dogs slaughtered to cut costs after the Olympics will speak for the first time following reports of the tragedy. Outdoor Adventures Joey Houssian has scheduled a number of media meetings Monday along with his lawyers, and had a “letter to the editor” published in this morning’s Vancouver Sun. Joey Houssian, in his first sit-down interview since news of the killings sparked headlines and outrage around the world, told The Globe and Mail that his company knew nothing about the scale of the slaughter, when the dogs were killed, or the manner in which they were killed until late last month.Houssian points to “discrepancies” in the WorkSafeBC reports filed by the employee who allegedly completed the “execution” of the dogs.Houssian adds he can’t say much about what happened as investigations into the case move forward.“While the facts and legal responsibility for them is being investigated, I take moral responsibility for everything that happens within my company,” Houssian wrote.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Steam Team

You know by now one of my favorite hobbies is restoring old houses.
Power washing houses austin is one of the first steps in doing outside renovations of a building. It cleans away so much grime that has built up over the years. Get it done first before painting or redoing the surface of any building.

A home carpet cleaning service austin comes in handy if you want to salvage your carpeting and sometimes it can be salvaged so you don't have to replace and use that extra money for something else.

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Rug cleaning tips come in handy when cleaning up minor spills and for regular maintenance

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Scrubs Go From Work to Leisure

Nursing Scrubs allow the hard working nurse to go from work day to night out with practically no hassle. So fashionable now that you can take your day wear into night wear. You can also have fun choosing colors and styles to fit you.

Today's uniform, like many of us are multi taskers. Doubling as day wear and wear for a night out,or form work to leisure. Not only is style important but comfort is important and both of those important factors are emphasized inthe 'double duty' uniform of today's modern woman.

Who knew that your choice of scrub tops can make your day by choosing bright vivacious colors? No more only the dark sullenn green of dreary hospital wear. Today'a scrub tops brighten up your day with their wide range of colors. No need to dread going to work these colors and styles are sure to put a smile on your morning face.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Making Mayonnaise & Limoncini with Creamy Tuna

copyright 2011 art of living,PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati

Quote of the Day:
“We all spend our lives living under the same sun, no matter where we are”

Did you know that...
When you make your own mayonnaise at
home, the lemon and oil do not mix or blend in together, but when you
add in egg yolks, because of their lecithin content they act as a
natural chemicals needed. If you have ever made
mayonnaise at home, share your tips and recipes here for home made

Lemons pair so well  with seafood and
this recipe combines both.. I use this dish as an appetizer or
sometimes as a main course for a light dinner meal. Either way, it is
easy and quick to make and will impress your guests. Serve with a
glass of chilled white wine.

Limoncini with Creamy Tuna

4 lemons

12 ounces of tuna packed in olive

2 hard boiled eggs

4 ounces of green olives

1 tsp capers

3 tablespoons olive oil

Cut lemons lengthwise and 'clean out'
the pulp inside. In the food processor, place drained tuna, pitted
green olives, hard boiled eggs, capers. Blend until creamy
consistency. Placei n bowl and dilute with olive oil and juice of one
lemon. Fill 8 lemon halves with this mixture. Place a bed of salad
greens on a plate and place 2 lemon halves on top of greens on each
plate, serve.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Cocktail Meatballs with Saffron Sauce for a Spring Soiree

Cocktail meatballs are such a staple for cocktail parties and happy hour events. They pair so well  with those dry martinis, dry white  wine, or Champagne or Prosecco.  Try this Italian version of these little gems made wtih a saffron sauce.
Cocktail Mini Meatballs with Saffron Sauce (Polpettine allo Salso di Zafferano)
from the award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition, copyright  2011 art of living,PrimaMedia,Inc/Maria Liberati
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 slice bread without crust
  • 1 thinly sliced garlic clove
  • ½ cup peeled, chopped, and shelled almonds
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 envelope saffron
  • Serves 6.
    • 1 pound ground beef or soy substitute
    • ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
    • 1 chopped garlic clove
    • 1 chopped scallion
    • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
    • 1 large egg
    • Pinch of salt
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • ¼ cup flour
    • Juice from 1 lemon
    • In a bowl, mix ground meat or substitute with breadcrumbs. Add in garlic, scallion, pars ley, beaten egg, pinch of salt, and pinch of nutmeg. Mix with hands until ingredients are well-blended. If mixture is not firm enough, add in extra breadcrumbs until firm. Form mix into small meatballs. Each ball should be the size of a walnut. Place meatballs on large dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate. For the sauce, place extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan and heat. Add in slice of bread, garlic, and almonds. Heat until bread is brown and garlic is golden, then remove. Place in food processor with parsley, pinch of cloves, wine, vegetable broth, and saffron. Pu ree. Place in sauté pan and heat for five minutes, stirring with wooden spoon. Remove meatballs from refrigerator. Heat olive oil in separate sauté pan. Roll meatballs in flour, then fry in heated olive oil until golden. Place on plate coated with a paper towel. Place meatballs in sauté pan with sauce and cook 15-20 minutes. Add in lemon juice and serve.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Rachel Ray Inspires Me To Bake

Guest post by Gerard Mcdaniel

I use my DVR to record the Rachel Ray 30 minute meals show. I love this show it helps me cook healthy meals for my family very quickly. I don't love to cook, but I love watching cooking shows they inspire me to get into the kitchen and make meals from scratch for my family.

Rachel showed me how to make a chorizo macaroni and cheese meal that my kids were crazy about. It definitely added a twist to a mainstay meal in my household, and now we have the option of regular mac and cheese or the stepped up Rachel Ray version.

She showed me how to bake an apple pie for dessert and I found it to be simpler than I had expected. My husband is happy that I started watching her show because I tend to cook at home more often instead of our family eating out at restaurants all the time. It has saved my family budget and we are able to go to the movies more often and entertain the kids easily during the weekends.

Rachel's recipes are easy to follow and don't require a lot of ingredients. She cooks a variety of foods and this encourages me to try different dishes. I always watch her show on my BESTCHOICETV My new HDTV gives me amazing crystal clear programming.