Monday, September 24, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I've mentioned before that Ott, E makes the Guacamole in this house. So when Mrs. Wages sent me a seasoning mix for this tasty dip I handed the packet over to him. And like any good husband of a blogger he took pictures for me while he made it. (Do I have him trained or what?!?!)
Overall we thought the seasoning had good flavor that complimented the avocado and enjoyed eating this dip. It was easy to make, which is always a bonus.
Please note Mrs. Wages did provide me with a sample of this product to try but the opinions and photos shared on this blog are my own.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
If you follow "a Latte' with Ott, A" on facebook you know I was showing off pictures of the eggplants growing in our garden. I think the hotter than usual summer weather helped my crop to grow better than usual. After making my favorite eggplant Parmesan dish I decided to try something a little new with my eggplants and made up this cheesy eggplant dish. This made for a tasty side dish to go along with our dinner entree' and we really liked how the Italian seasonings played off the flavor of the eggplant. Ott, E said he really liked this dish and we have made it two more times.
Start about 30 minutes before you want to bake your dish and cut one large eggplant into 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 30 minutes. (By salting the eggplant you are removing some of the moisture which will cause it to absorb less fat during cooking.) Then rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
Friday, September 14, 2012
I was sent some samples of Mrs. Wages seasoning packets to try out and use while I can tomatoes. As I've mentioned before, canning with a new baby in the house has proven to be a bit of a time issue, but with the help of these great seasoning packets I'm able to wake up early and knock out a few jars before MacchiOTTo wakes up. Of course by the time her day starts I'm exhausted, but I keep reminding myself that some early canning mornings now, will pay off with more playtime this winter when I take my jars off the shelf to use for a quick dinner.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
This cake does have a tomato after taste to it, but will still remind you of a spice cake and would make a great conversation piece for any dessert table.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
MacchiOTTo has a lot of hair accessories. So many that the drawer we were keeping them in was getting pretty full and I was getting tired of having to dig through them all to find the one I wanted. So I emptied out an Oatmeal Canister and made this headband holder. It's really simple to make and I can set this on her dresser and easily see just the headband I was looking for.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
With a new baby in the house I've had very little time to can this year. And even less time to make something like pasta sauce from scratch with all the other chopping and measuring out of ingredients that the recipe would call for. Needless to say I was very happy to try out Mrs. Wages Pasta Sauce packet which only requires adding tomatoes and a little sugar to make up some quick and easy Pasta Sauce to can this year. And it tastes great, which is definitely an added bonus. Simply gather up some tomatoes and waa-laa instant tomato sauce that is ready to be canned and enjoyed later this fall and winter.
To start with you need 20 medium sized tomatoes. Core the tomatoes and boil them in water for a couple of minutes, or until you see their skins start to loosen. The drain run cold water over the tomatoes until you can handle them without getting burned. Then remove skins and seeds.
Place tomato pulp in a food processor and chop up to a sauce like consistency.