Monday, October 16, 2006

Ok. I'm still waiting on my beloved husband to hook up some pictures. I'll just put a little tip I've picked up in my class. 

Did you know that older cheeses have stronger flavors? That's pretty common sense right. I mean the longer the cheese sits around molding the stinkier it gets :) Well what I didn't know is that older cheeses melt better. Really that's what they taught me in my food preparations or "cooking" class. Just passing on a tip.  

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Experimental Foods

Hi there to all my many fans who I'm sure have been missing me. I'm sorry I haven't posted much. Really the hold up has been getting pictures hooked up to my site. Who wants to talk about food without seeing pictures? My wonderful husband is working on fixing it though. He's pretty busy though.

As for our experimental food, I'm in school so we've left the field of gourmet food to cheap food. No really we are on a student budget, but are managing to eat tasty and healthy foods. We're really missing our stone ground grits though.

I'm working on a recipe modification for my experimental food class. I modified this recipe for a patient with diverticulosis or another disorder requiring high dietary fiber, but in actuality all Americans are at risk for intestinal problems if they're not meeting daily fiber requirements. And most Americans aren't. So enjoy: yummy, healthy, pretty cheap and a meal I would feed my family!

Modified Lentil Sloppy Joes

Ingredient List

1-1/2 cups dried brown lentils
2-1/4 water
1/2 cup chopped onions
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup catsup
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
6 hamburger buns


1. To cook the lentils bring the 2-1/4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add the lentils, allow the water to return to boiling.
3. Reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 25- 30 minutes.
4. Test the lentils for doneness, they should still hold their shape, if cooked too long- they'll be mushy.
5. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well.
6. Turn down to low/med heat, simmer mixture for 30 minutes covered.
7. Serve on hamburger buns.