Lunch Croatian Style

9 Apr


My Daughter and future son-in-law are in Croatia.

Good for them, it is a well deserved vacation.

They just sent me a photo of their lunch on their balcony.

The round pastry is filled with spinach and feta cheese.

The half sandwich is a hot ham and cheese on flakey sesame bread.

They said it was all delicious but they do not have Franks Red Hot Sauce so my daughter is going through withdrawal.

Did you notice the ashtray on the table?

The rest of the scenery is gorgeous.

I am going to put this country on my bucket list.

I thought the photo was blog worthy.


The Dino’s Special

8 Apr



My children all live in or around Boston.

I visit when I can and they treat me to all their favorite places.

Dinos and Monicas in the North End are my two favorites for sandwiches.

This is The Dinos Special.

I had to come home and make it or at least try to copy it.

This is as close to the real thing as you are going to get.

Only use fresh ingredients.

One loaf of Italian bread, I like a crusty ciabatta or long skinny Italian loaf.

Really good olive oil to drizzle

Good balsamic vinegar to drizzle. I love a lot because the bread soaks it up.

One juicy sliced tomato

4 to 6 nice slices of FRESH mozzarella. Spend the extra money and get the good stuff.

4 to 6 leaves of fresh basil. Let it cover the tomato.

Slice the bread into two long pieces.

Heat a skillet

Drizzle the olive oil on the inner side of the bread and lightly toast both side flipping them over when they are slightly toasted.

Place the bread on a plate and start assembling.

It goes like this ;


Drizzle of balsamic on the bread

Sliced tomatoes

Sprinkle with salt

Slices of cheese


Drizzle with olive oil

Drizzle with balsamic vinegar

Top with the bread

Squeeze together and cut in half.

Bring a towel to the table with some extra balsamic and have twenty minutes of heaven.

This is so good.

Thank you, Thank you Dino.

Savory Oatmeal

6 Apr


Don’t say,”yuck”, this is delicious.

I got this recipe from a Stop and Shop free magazine.

1 1/2 cups water

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup oatmeal milk

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese plus more for sprinkling on the top.

1/2 teaspoon corse black pepper

1 to 2 tablespoons cheese curds

1 tablespoon capers

Combine the water, oats, thyme and salt.

Bring to a boil

Reduce to simmer for 3 to 5 minutes

Stir occasionally.

Remove from the heat and add the milk, cheese and pepper.

This is enough for two portions.

Top with the cheese curds, parmesan cheese and capers.

The second time I made it I topped it with a fried egg.

This is so good.

Onion Pancakes

29 Mar


I have made this recipe three times and every time I eat too many.

You can make them small (1-2 teaspoons) for appetizers or 1/4 cup dollops for larger ones.

I make the big ones because they are faster and I am a big eater.

1 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons more

2 teaspoons white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 1/2 cups chopped onions. I used the bag of frozen onions

1 cup milk

1/2 cup canola oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together.

Add the onions

Add the milk and mix well

Heat the oil

Drop the batter in the oil and make the size you want.

Add more oil if you need it

Drain the cooked pancakes on a paper towel

Sere with hot sauce, ketchup, sour cream or applesauce.

I LOVE these light pancakes and they take only 20 minutes.

Keep warm in a low oven.

Thank you Pinterest for another delicious recipe.



Cookies,Yogurt, and Fruit

28 Mar


Forget about mixing your yogurt with granola.

Try dark chocolate caramel cookie crumbs.

I tried this new cookie recipe and it was delicious but I couldn’t cut them the right way.

When I lifted them from the pan they fell apart and all I could think about was how expensive they were to make.

I ended up with a dish full of broken cookie pieces.

Never throw out anything.

I put all the crumbs in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator.

Now I have  crumbs for ice-cream topping or a healthier yogurt dessert.

3 tablespoons cookie crumbs for each portion

One cup good Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey

1/2 cup blueberries for each portion

Place three tablespoons of the cookie crumbs in each dish

Mix the yogurt and honey together.

Divide into four dishes

Top with berries

This is too good and I don’t love yogurt.

The cookies were definitely worth saving.



Spicy Potato Salad

25 Mar


This recipe came from the magazine section of the Worcester paper but I did modify it.

4 large Potatoes

One tablespoon oil

One large diced onion

Two cloves minced garlic

1/4 cup chili pasta with garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chunky peanut butter

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup hot and sweet sliced jalapeño peppers

1/4 cup pepper juice

Hard boiled eggs for garnish

Boil the potatoes in salted water

Cool and cut into cubes.

Add the salt

Heat the oil and saute the onions and garlic till soft.

Add the chili paste, peanut butter and water.

Take off the heat and stir till smooth.

Add the peppers and pepper juice

Mix well

I also added a couple of tablespoons of hot salsa, just for a added kick.

This is a totally different tasting potato salad.

I liked it but there is nothing like lots of mayonnaise…

The One Pounder

14 Mar


It is my grandsons birthday and I wanted to make him something special.

My daughter was making the cake so what else could I do?

Then it came to me like a dream.

A One Pound Meatball.

It was done.

One pound of 85% lean hamburg.

2 eggs

1/2 small onion

2 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons chopped parsley

1/4 salt and pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 pieces of bread

Put the onion and garlic in the food processor and mix till it is fine diced.

Add the parsley, salt,  pepper and bread and mix well.

Add the meat and cheese just until everything is mixed.

Take everything out of the bowl and form into a ball.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Put it into the tomato sauce and let it simmer for at least one hour in the sauce.

My grandson loved it.