Iced Green Tea

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Shanghai, China, Spring 2009

Iced Green Tea    by Nancy Minnich Manubay.  I had the wonderful experience of being invited to visit with a good friend and her family while they where living in Shanghai, China. They were gracious enough to fly me there and entertain me for a week. I am so thankful to them for giving me the experience of exploring another culture, and of course getting to spend time with them and their children. It was truly a great experience, thank you!

Flash forward to January of 2012, when my then fiance, John, and I moved in together five months before our wedding. Both in our late 40’s, and having lived alone for most of our adult lives, this was certainly a challenge. Especially for two adults with many different tastes.

Which pictures would we hang on the wall and where? Who would use what room for an office? Every time my husband would ask where something of his would go, I would reply, “In your office.” At one point he finally said to me, “There are so many things in my office, there is not room for me in my office!” At least we were able to laugh about it.

One surprising thing we argued about was which teapot would sit on the stove, his or mine. In my mind this was insane, since mine was clearly nicer!!!  After a visit to his sister, the problem of the teapot was solved. She had a really cool electric water kettle on her counter, which we used to make our tea.

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Four cup glass bowl I use to steep the tea.

Thus my love for the Capresso water kettle began. There is no longer a need for a teapot on the stove or arguing over which one. Win-win!

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Iced Green Tea

4 c. boiling water

4 green tea bags (I use two regular and two decaf)

3 t. sugar (optional)

2 quart pitcher filled with ice

cocktail umbrella and straw (also, optional)

 

1. Boil 4 c. water and add the tea bags.  Steep for about 5 mins.

2. Remove tea bags, add sugar and stir.  (if preferred, omit sugar or adjust to your taste)

3. Pour tea over ice into a 2 quart pitcher, adding water if necessary to fill the pitcher.

4. Stir and serve over ice.

Enjoy!

~Liz

Breakfast for Dinner

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Veggie Omelette

I have always been a fan of breakfast food any time of the day. Tonight I got home later than usual and had to scrounge for something quick and lite for dinner. This veggie omelette is made with one whole egg and two egg whites, so it is packed with protein for less calories. I don’t like to omit the yolks completely, since they are packed with vitamins and nutrients.

Veggie Omelette

1/3 cup diced vegetables, such as onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli

1 t. butter

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1 T. milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 slices deli cheese, such as Cooper Sharp Cheese (optional)

1. Saute veggies with butter in a non-stick pan on low to med heat until tender and caramelized.

2. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper and add to the veggie mixture.

3. Cook on low to med heat until omelette is almost cooked through.

4. Using a large spatula, flip omelette over and add cheese if desired.

5. Cook for another minute, then fold omelette over itself and move to a serving dish.

Enjoy!

~Nancy

 

 

Blueberry Cake

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Blueberry Cake

Here is another instance where I would LOVE to take credit for this recipe, but I cannot.  I stopped by a local orchard and picked up some fresh blueberries.  Alongside of various produce items, there were recipes. I asked if it was okay to take a picture of the recipe, and the clerk told me I could just take one.  They were printed and in tablet form so you could just tear one off and take it with you.  I thought that was a very cool idea.

So, I will share this recipe with the disclaimer, “this is NOT a low-calorie or low-fat food”. That being said, it was oh-so-good!!! Here is the recipe.

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Happy Independence Day!!!  Have a fun and safe weekend!

Enjoy!

~Nancy

“My oh my, I love pie”

DSCN1554.JPGStrawberry Rhubarb Pie

The general way in which I cook and bake is primarily through internet searches.  I search for the recipe I want and look at some of the larger sites, such as  www.allrecipes.com or The Food Network.  I look at a few recipes, take the parts that I like, and I attempt to create something that I and my husband will like.

This was my first attempt at Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, but strawberries and rhubarb are currently in season in the North East so I thought, why not?  Personally, I do not make my own pie crusts, I use the refrigerator pre-made ones.  But if you are energetic, by all means, go ahead. Continue reading

Butternut Squash

This recipe came directly from a sticker on the squash, although I didn’t use all the ingredients they recommended.  Their instructions were to preheat the oven to 400 degrees, cut the squash in half lengthwise.  Remove seeds, then bake cut-side down in a shallow pan.  Test with fork. Remove and sprinkle with salt and brown sugar, then bake until golden brown.  They suggest that the squash can be mashed, drizzled with butter, honey or syrup.  ~From Stauffer Huling Farms.

I personally think that the squash is sweet enough on its own and does not need any more sweeteners or calories.  I kept it real simple.

The Ingredients

Butternut squash

2 T Olive oil

1 T Butter

Salt & Pepper to taste

The hardest part of this recipe, for me, is cutting the squash, as it is very hard-skinned.  I used a large chef’s knife, but you need to be careful.  I guess that is the mother in me talking…  I put the Olive oil on the bottom of a large baking pan.  For this recipe, I used the Pampered Chef stone pan.  I then placed the squash cut side down in the pan.

I baked it at 400 degrees for about 35 minutes, and it seemed to be cooking a little too fast, so I turned the oven down to 360 degrees and baked it for about 15 minutes more.  This is what it looked like when it was done.

I scooped out the squash from the skin, and placed it in a mixing bowl.  I added the butter, salt, and pepper and lightly mashed it.  My husband said it tasted like sweet potatoes.  Go ahead and add the sweetener if you like, but I think it is  good just the way nature made it.

Enjoy the great Fall weather! ~Nancy

Grilled Vegetables

The Ingredients

Baby carrots

Sugar snap peas, ends snipped

1-2 T. Olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon

A sprinkling of Ground Coriander

Salt & pepper to taste

Since the carrots would take longer to cook than the peas, I steamed them in the microwave at 70% power for about 6 minutes.  Then I mixed all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.  Using a straining spoon to eliminate the excess liquid, I transferred the mixture to a grill basket, and cooked it on low heat, turning it often, until it was browned, maybe 15 -20 minutes.

I’m going to try to keep the grill going as long as I can before Old Man Winter comes along.  ~Enjoy, Nancy