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tomato, beef and red peppers, over noodles

Instead of stir fry, this meal cooks easy under a broiler

you could substitute rice or rice noodles.

preheat broiler

  • lay strips of marinated beef strips on a small broiler pan lined with aluminum foil.
  • Top with with fresh sliced tomatoes wedges, diced or sliced red bell pepper and mushrooms.
  • Place under broiler close to the heat as possible.
  • Roll out previously mixed refrigerated noodle dough, through a pasta machine, then the noodle attachment  and boil noodles while beef cooks
  • Rotate broiler pan as necessary.
  • Plate up the noodles, top with a few herbs, parsley, etc and top with the cooked beef mixture, of course with any juices. The marinade and herbs accounts for the seasonings, omit any salt and pepper.
  • Let the plate set a few minutes to blend the flavors while you do a small clean up.

The marinade I used was a bottled preparation from Trader Joes. I had tasted this before, checked the ingredients and found out it closely resembles a fresh oriental marinade that I usually make from scratch.

If you don’t mind making pasta dough and having the beef prepared and marinated beforehand, this meal is relatively fast to make.



Soy Sauce,sugar,crushed garlic,sesame seeds,soybean oil,ginger puree,white vinegar,soy powder,sesame oil,garlic granules,minced onion,onion powder,ginger powder.



Poker Night

looks like our poker night is turning into a gourmet club !


Thanks !!! Renee, Justine , Diane, Kaila, Arthur, Edith

Fresh Salsa, Guacamole, Flatbread, and chips just to name a few.

Not shown, Bacon wrapped scallops, desserts 

I used the tortilla press to quickly make the flatbread.


Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

Op-Ed Columnist New York Times

Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

Published: September 24, 2011

readers comments

The original Article by Mark Bittman New York Times


Is it only me that finds an interesting parallel to this article, and  the 100 plus comments? We ARE concerned for the health and welfare of our fellow human beings and often like doctors, we get  preached as to what a healthy life style choices should be, how to practice them, and wonder WHY!, WHY?  doesn’t everyone else simply follow along? It’s often too easy to image that  people from all walks of life should have no problem doing what is best for them.  we often hear “what I do and preach is the way to go” . Trying to steer the public into a behavior that betters one facet of their lives is the message heard from many sources.  The argument whether one choice is better than another is going to be argued incessantly. After making choices about food , should we move on to health care, personal finances, lets say how saving for retirement is also easy as pie to do and all the reasons we should avoid credit cards and payday loan services?  Some of the respondents comments highlighted that the options of persons are  limited and it’s the life style they are  in that conditions their choices.

So do I cringe when a family member brings home a highly processed food or snack? Or perhaps a lottery ticket and a pack of smokes instead of the head of broccoli?   Possibly, but at the time I respect their choice and maybe gently nudge them to consider alternatives. I won’t dare appear self righteous as we all can’t be straight as an arrow, healthy as an ox or bring home 6 figures.

The general overview is that the people are constantly bombarded  by a variety of sources, selling, manipulating them in directions that some see as ridiculous.

Bittman makes his point, and I see his point of view, through food, and glad that others recognize that it’s only one factor that’s maddeningly slow to change.

Life styles don’t change overnight.





just a few items purchased, this bakery is well stocked with many items and of course dairy products.

bakery items Wrights Dairy Farm, Woonsocket Rhode, Island

asquares    applesrlable
macaroons macroonlabel
sbreadcookies sbreadlabel
rubarbsquares rhubarblabel
 mmcookies mmlabel
 magicsquares magicbarslabel


not pictured, cheddar cheese $14.00 per pound



also produce from Morris Farms, Warwick Avenue, Warwick Rhode island

They now also sell beef

Morris Farms link through farm



other notes:

shopping from warehouse club

organic spinach 4.99

Botto Hot Sausage patties 4.5 lbs  $5.99

Strawberries 2lbs @ $4.99

whole milk $3.01/gallon

Also  peaches and apples from Bardens Farm, We missed the prime picking for peaches this year, practically all of the peach orchid was picked cleaned. Purchased 20 lbs B grade tomatoes ,processed into sauce and peeled and froze some whole for later use.


internet shopping:

Monterey bay spice /

restocking items

sampling teas


SKU: Product Quantity Price Ext. Price
112 Sesame seed, natural Organic-Per Pound 1 $3.50 $3.50
1499-OUNCES Cumin seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.60 $1.60
816-OUNCES Poppy seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.40 $1.40
884-OUNCES Celery seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.16 $1.16
813-OUNCES Ginger root, c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.40 $2.40
467-OUNCES Dill seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.20 $1.20
1068-OUNCES Caraway seed, whole-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.52 $1.52
1488-OUNCES Cinnamon sticks, 6″ (50 sticks/lb)-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $1.60 $1.60
1833-OUNCES Green tea (China), c/s-Per 1/4 Pound 1 $2.20 $2.20
383-SAMPLE Green tea (Sencha), Organic-SAMPLE (4 servings) 1 $2.00 $2.00
2094-SAMPLE Jasmine tea Organic-SAMPLE (4 servings) 1 $2.00 $2.00
Order Notes:


SubTotal: $20.58
Shipping: UPS Ground $13.12
Tax: $0.00


Hodgson Mills

restocking grains, flours etc.

As I have been baking bread often, I vary the recipe using white ,wheat and rye flours and a variety of seeds.

The vital wheat gluten has improved the texture of the breads.



Semolina Pasta Flour-2LB.
Product code :

each (1-2LB.)1$3.70 /EACH$3.70

Whole Wheat Couscous-11oz.
Product code :

each (1-11oz.)1$2.10 /EACH$2.10

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour-2lb.
Product code :

each (1-2LB.)1$3.10 /EACH$3.10

Whole Grain Flax Seed
Product code :

each (1-16oz.)1$3.25 /EACH$3.25

Bulgur Wheat with Soy Grits-18oz.
Product code :

each (1-18oz.)1$2.40 /EACH$2.40

Gluten Free Xanthan Gum
Product code :

each (1-9g. pkg)1$0.45 /EACH$0.45

Vital Wheat Gluten w / Vitamin C-6.5oz.
Product code :

each (1-6.5oz.)1$1.90 /EACH$1.90

Organic Whole Wheat Flour-2LB.
Product code :

each (1-2LB.)1$3.55 /EACH$3.55

Sub total : USD $20.45
Shipping : USD $11.77
Total : USD $32.22


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