Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award, but I'm not going to purchase this one.
I'm going to start Paul Volponi's Rucker Park Setup. I've read several of his books and enjoyed them all. I believe his books have a great message and are very appealing to teen readers.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Peanut Broccoli Stir Fry last night and I thought it was really good. My husband isn't a tofu fan, so he ate leftovers. The problem I always have, is browning the tofu. In this recipe you drain it well, then you put it in liquid before you brown it. It seems like it needed to be DRY to brown it. The recipe says 5 minutes and I think it took more than 10 for it to dry and then brown. Another recipe I tried previously had you dredge the tofu in cornstarch and then brown it. This made it crispier and easier to brown -- although I don't know how you would give it the soy/peanut flavor as in this recipe. It was tasty . . .
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Now I am going to read Spanking Shakespeare a humorous book about a teen named Shakespeare who also doesn't fit in. He's also a writer . . .
Monday, April 26, 2010
The main character, Serafina, is sent to the convent against her will (which seemed to be the case much of the time) and is desperate to return to her lover. The other main character is Zuana, who has been in the convent for 17 years since her father, a doctor, died. Zuana runs the convent's apothecary and is, in every sense, the convent's "doctor." She becomes Serafina's mentor. The descriptions of 16th century medicine, convent life, and the political world of the church in the 1500s is compelling. This novel is rich in details, and I found every detail interesting.
I was glad I had the audio version; the narrator was very good and helped make the story come alive, which is what an audio book narrator should do!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Portabella Mushroom French Dips last night. They turned out good! It probably wasn't totally vegetarian, because I used Lipton's french onion soup mix, but close enough for me. I also added a piece of provolone cheese and I didn't put in the liquid aminos (what are those anyway???) I used a whole wheat french bread, and we would have liked a different bread -- something sourdough, maybe? It makes a lot of au jus, so I really don't think the seven cups of water are necessary! If I cut down on the water, I would also cut down on the vinegar and use only one package of onion soup mix. I put the rest of the juice in the fridge, so I can use it for vegetable stock (and we are going to put some of it on Mollie's food for a treat.)
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Now I've started Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler. This book has been in my library for a couple of years, but I recently read a review that made me put it on my list. Of course, I don't remember what the review said any more. It's about a girl and her mother, who works at Renaissance Fairs. I think there's going to be some romance involved.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Southwestern Tortilla Soup is from a new website I've been looking at called vegweb.com. It was very good. I don't think I made any changes, except added some black olives, cheddar cheese, and avocado for garnish. I didn't use very much cayenne, since I think the tomatoes with green chilies are plenty spicy. Oh, I almost forgot, I did add some chopped up fake grilled chicken patties from Morningstar Farms at the very end. These had been in the freezer for a while so I wanted to use them up. They are really good and added a smoky flavor.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I finished House Rules, and for a memoir, it was very good. I really don’t like these dysfunctional family books very much. I feel that most of them are repetitive, and one can figure out pretty much the entire book by reading the first few chapters (sometimes by just reading the flap!) It does help when the book follows a chronological order. With House Rules, this was the case. There are many flashbacks, but they don’t take over the chronological progression of the story. Another thing that I don’t like about these books is that there isn’t an ending. It’s just written to a certain point in the narrator’s life, and then we are to hope that things are OK, or get better. I understand that this is the nature of a memoir, but this is my personal opinion.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This recipe was very good. I left out the prosciutto, of course. I used an orange pepper instead of red, which added another color to the dish. My husband thought it was squash (which he doesn't care for.) He also isn't crazy about sun-dried tomatoes -- too tangy. So if I made this again, I think I would chop them a lot finer and use about half the amount. As far as I'm concerned, this was a great dish as it was. I think it would be good cold, too. Some little pearl onions would be great in this!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Spinach-Black Bean Lasagna last night. I really liked it. My husband, not so much. He said it was bland. I think a lot depends on the spaghetti sauce you use. I used and organic brand that I had never tried before (it was on sale) so maybe that would make a difference. I thought it was good -- my husband isn't a spinach fan, but I didn't really think I could taste or even "feel" the spinach in this one. I used low fat cottage cheese in this instead of ricotta -- I always do that in lasagna because I like the taste better. I guess this is considered "healthy," but it uses a whole pound of pepper jack cheese (which makes it a somewhat spicy dish!)
It made a lot -- so I will have leftovers for a while!
It made a lot -- so I will have leftovers for a while!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Mrs. Geraldine's Ground Beef Casserole on the home page of recipezaar. I used veggie meat crumbles instead of the ground beef. I also used fresh mushrooms, added some garlic, and didn't put in the celery (didn't have any.) I would have made my own cream sauce from soy milk instead of the cream of mushroom soup -- but I didn't have any milk left either (I have been to the grocery store since I had dinner!) This was GOOD. Has a a tangy yummy flavor. Even my son liked it.