Friday, July 20, 2012

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

A sprinkle of Parmesan and a drizzle of olive oil transform tomatoes into the perfect side dish. Or try sandwiching them between slices of your favorite whole-wheat country bread.

4 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

4 tomatoes, halved horizontally
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

1.Preheat oven to 450° F.
2.Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet. Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Crockpot Cheesecake

Crock-Pot CheesecakeIngredients

3 8oz Packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sugar
6 Graham Crackers (full pieces), pulverized into crumbs
3 Tablespoons of Stick Butter, melted

  1. Allow Cream Cheese to get to room temperature.
  2. Open cream cheese and place in large bowl.
  3. Add Sugar.
  4. Mix until sugar and cream cheese are well blended.
  5. Add the 3 eggs one at a time. After adding an egg, blend, then add the other etc.
  6. In a separate bowl, add graham cracker crumbs and melted butter.
  7. Mix well as this will form your crust.
  8. Choose a pan or small crock type cooking pan that will fit in the bottom of your crock-pot with room left on the side. You want to be able to pull the pan out without too much difficulty.
  9. Add the graham cracker crumbs mixture to the bottom of the pan.
  10. With a spoon, pat the graham crackers out til you have a smooth layer.
  11. Add the cream cheese mixture to the top of the graham crackers.
  12. Add 2 to 3 cups water to the bottom of the crock-pot. You need enough to last 2 hours but not too much that it will get in your pan.
  13. Place the cheesecake pan in the crock-pot and place the lid of the crock-pot on.
  14. Cook on high for 2 hours to 2 hours and 30 minutes or until the center does not have a watery consistency when you stick a knife into it.
  15. The cheesecake will begin to crack on the sides.
  16. Let cool for 30m to 1h.
  17. Remove and let set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  18. Serve.

crock type bowlcrock type bowl inside the crock-pot
The first picture is a picture of the crock type bowl that I used to make the cheesecake. Really a basic cooking bowl or cooking pan will work. The second picture is the crock bowl in the bottom of the crock-pot. I hope the contrast is enough. You can add a metal trivet if you want, but setting pan to crock-pot is just fine. The water would go in the space surrounding the crock type bowl. Sorry I tried putting the water in and taking a picture but it really didnt show well. I hope this gives a clearer picture of how this works

Fighting Summer Stains: Barbecue

How to fight summer BBQ stains
charcoal for barbecue
Quick: Name the messiest summer foods you can imagine. Did barbecue come to mind? Between their savory sauces and their often hand-held nature (drumsticks, ribs), grilled goodies can really do a number of your clothing.

If you get charcoal dust on your clothing, always get rid of the charcoal residue while the stain is still dry. Do this by brushing it off or, in a situation where a whole bag of charcoal has exploded on you, you might even try using a vacuum. Tre says the next line of defense is to make a paste with a powder detergent and a little bit of water and apply it to the stain (a powder detergent is always a better bet for a particulate stain, which is a stain made up of tiny particles like charcoal). Work the paste into the stain and then launder the garment using the warmest water the garment can handle according to the care label. Check to make sure the stain has disappeared before drying.
barbecue sauceBarbecue Sauce
Unless you have an unusual barbecue sauce recipe that contains mayonnaise or another protein, the method for treating this type of stain is to remove the sauce residue and hit the stain with a laundry pretreater (let the product work on the stain for at least 10 minutes before laundering). When washing, opt for the warmest water the garment can take according to care label. If it doesn’t come out after one washing, do a second wash with some color-safe bleach. Don’t let the stain dry between these washings.
For light grease stains, you can follow the same method as you would for barbecue sauce. If you don’t have a pretreater handy, you can always use liquid detergent as a pretreatment instead.
Tip: For heavy grease stains, the American Cleaning Institute suggests, placing the stain face down on a stack of clean paper towels. Then, apply cleaning fluid to back of stain (the paper towels should suck up the stain). Replace paper towels under stain frequently. Let dry, rinse and then launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Elizabeth Karmel, executive chef at Hill Country Barbecue, says she’s tried dozens of methods for treating stains over the years, but most are just old wives’ tales. “The only thing that has helped me is treating stains as soon as possible after they occur, using cold water and an extra rinse cycle,” says Elizabeth. Her secret weapon for really bad stains is Chef Revival Stain Remover, a prewash treatment designed specifically for kitchen stains.

deep fried pickle

The deep fried pickle. Yes, that deliciously crunchy, pickled-y item that you either love or hate in a burger, can now be eaten with a fantastically hot, crunchy exterior. You’ll love them, honest.

Circles of deliciousness


for deep fried pickles
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp chilli powder (if you want a spicier coating)
salt & pepper
3 1/2 cups plain flour (if you have cornflour, use half plain and half cornflour for a crunchier coating)
A jar of pickles – drain and cut pickles lengthwise or into circles, your preference
oil for deep frying
for blue cheese dip
1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
Splash of lemon juice
salt & pepper

for deep fried pickles
1. sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt, pepper and paprika. (and chilli powder if you want a spicier coating)
2. In a separate bowl combine the milk and egg.
3. Drain the pickles and slice them lengthwise or into circles, depending on how you want them.
4. Heat the oil in a large pain till it reaches 350F/175C. If you don’t have a metal thermometer, you can check the oil is ready by sprinkling some flour into the oil. If it immediately starts to sizzle, it’s hot enough.
5. Dip the pickles into the milk mixture and then dredge in flour mixture; repeat this to make sure the pickle is fully coated.
6. Deep fry the coated pickles until pickles float to surface and are golden brown (it should be 5 minutes at the most). Remove and drain on a paper towel.
7. They’re ready to eat! Yum.
for blue cheese dip
1. Deep fried pickles are deliciously tangy and crispy, the perfect accompaniment? Blue cheese dip!
2. Mix the mayonnaise, sour cream and lemon juice together.
3. Crumble the blue cheese and mix it into the mayonnaise/sour cream mixture. You can use an electric mixer to make the dip completely smooth, but we prefer a few lumps of blue cheese to remain.
4. Serve with the hot deep fried pickles. Delicious.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Yes you can Lower your blood pressure Naturally and here are 50 ways to do it!

1. Compliment some one

2. Eat celery every day

3. Drink a can of V-8 vegetable juice


4. Do sit-ups and push-ups every day

5. Solve puzzles

6. Play games with children

7. Pray

8. Start Running or jogging

9. Read the funny pages

10. Sing a song

11. Eat more food with potassium

12. Meditate

½ -hour per day

13. Play tennis

14. Visit a museum

15. Start a hobby

16. Set goals, and work towards them

17. Take extra magnesium

18. Say “yes” to your children more

19. Stop eating sugar

20. Take hawthorn berry extract

21. Use Cod liver oil

22. Sleep well (early to bed…)

23. Do creative artwork

24. Climb trees

25. Love your spouse

26. Help out at a soup kitchen or food


27. Follow a young child around all day

28. Forgive everyone

29. Take Flaxseed oil

30. Start a Tai Chi class

31. Aerobic training

32. Listen to relaxing music

33. Get a massage

34. Fast for 3 days with water only

35. Smile, and laugh a lot

36. “Let go and let God”

37. Take extra calcium

38. Avoid caffeine

39. Draw or paint pictures

40. Deep breathing

41. Find your life’s purpose

42. Listen to a lonely person

43. Take CoQ-10

44. Plant a garden (and eat the results)

45. Brown rice and vegetable diet

46. Hug some one

47. Learn patience

48. Take responsibility for everything in

your life

49. Be happy

50. Pet an animal