Archive for October, 2007

Broiled Lamb Chops

12 single baby rib lamb chops, frenched (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 minced garlic cloves
2 Tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
2 Tablespoons minced fresh mint
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Arrange lamb chops in a 9″ X 13″ baking dish. Combine, garlic, oil, mint, rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl to create sauce.  Cover both sides of lamb chops with sauce.  Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.  When finished marinating, preheat oven broiler and place lamb chops on broiler pan.  Cook until brown on the outside, approximately 3 minutes, flip and cook approximately 3 additional minutes.

Tip:  Serve with Minted Cucumber Relish


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Rise and Shine Pancakes

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup skim milk
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
Egg substitute equivalent to 1 egg
1 teaspoon grated fresh orange peel
Vegetable oil spray

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix until well blended.  In another medium bowl, combine all liquid ingredients and orange peel.  Stir well.  Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients and stir until moistened.  Don’t over stir.  Preheat griddle.  Spray lightly with vegetable oil spray.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle , turning once edges of pancake are dry and there are bubbles on top.

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Product Name: Logitech Premium USB Headset 350
Submitted by: Amanda Hamm Kansas City, MO
Rating: 8
Where to buy:  Amazon.com

Description:  The Logitech Premium USB Headset 350 delivers a premium audio

Review:  Featuring plush ear pads and a quality headband, it lets you listen to your
music, games, and conversations in total comfort for hours on end.  The plug-and-play USB connection and soft-touch in-line volume and mute controls deliver convenience and simplicity. The noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise for improved performance.

When you just want to use the headphones, move the boom out of the way and immerse yourself in full, rich sound from 40mm neodymium drivers.  It has great audio output and the input is amazing!  One of the best headsets I have ever purchased for sure.


  • Great for multiplayer gaming, voice command and chat, online conferencing, or just listening to music.
  • Advanced digital USB streaming audio provides superior clarity with the simplicity of a single USB plug-and-play connection.
  • 40mm neodymium drivers deliver big stereo sound to immerse you in your games and music.
  • Adjustable headband delivers both comfort and versatility.
  • Convenient soft-touch controls let you adjust volume precisely and mute the microphone quickly.
  • Noise-canceling microphone filters out unwanted background noise for the highest possible sound quality.
  • Plush ear pads cushion your ears for hours of continuous enjoyment.
  • Compatible for Mac and PC

Criticism: The volume control button is a tad small and the part of the headset that goes over your head can become a little bothersome after wearing it for extended periods of time.

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Fiesta Ring


3/4 lb ground beef 
1 package taco seasoning mix 
1 cup mild shredded cheddar cheese 
2 tablespoons water 
2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent dinner rolls  
1 cup salsa 
3 cups lettuce, shredded 
1 medium tomato, diced 
1/4 cup onions, chopped 
1/2 cup pitted ripe black olives, chopped
1 cup sour cream
1 cup salsa


Preheat oven to 375F. Cook ground beef in large pan over medium heat until thoroughly cooked .  Remove from heat. Add taco seasoning mix,cheese and water to the ground beef. Spray pizza pan with non stick spray. Open cresent rolls and seperateinto triangles.  Place in a cirlce on pizza pan with wide ends overlapping and points pointing up.  Leave a 5 inch opening in center. Spoon ground beef mixture onto widest end of each triangle. Fold the top of the triangles over mixture and tuck under and pinch together.  Ground beef mixture will not be intirely covered by the triangles.  Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Once the ring is finished cooking, top with lettuce, tomatoe, onion, olives, more cheddar cheese, sour cream, and/or salsa and serve.

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Next to your home, your vehicle is one of the most expensive purchases you will make.  So, if you plan on keeping your car in top working order, winterizing your car each year is a must.  The following tips will help you know what you need to do to winterize your car before the cold weather arrives.

Change your oil –Change the oil from 10W-30 during the summer to 5W-30 in the winter.  If you’re not sure whether to change the oil, check your owner’s manual to see what the manufacturer recommends.  Most vehicles call for an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles.

Check your antifreeze – Before the weather changes too much and the temperature drops too far, check the antifreeze in your cooling system to ensure that the ratio is around 60% coolant and 40% water.  Check your owner’s manual or ask a local mechanic to find the correct mixture needed for your area’s winter conditions.

Check the battery –Prior to winter, inspect the battery, cables, terminals, and fluid levels.  Look for tight terminal connections and make sure the cables don’t have cracks or breaks.  Check the level of water in the battery cells.  If the water is below the cap, refill it with distilled water, but do this while the engine is off.  Verify the age of your battery, if the battery is getting close to its expected life, go ahead and replace it.

Test the belts – Check all of the belts and hoses to ensure they’re not loose or cracked.  A loose belt could be all that keeps you from your destination.  A blown hose may also set your planned trip back.

Do you need snow tires? – If you live in an area that you’ll need snow tires, you have some options.  All-season tires are available, as well as chains that you can purchase rather than having to replace all four tires. If you live in an area where there is a lot of snow, consider trading out your summer tires for snow tires.  Just don’t forget to change them back in the spring.

Locks and keys – Make sure the lock system is working well. If you do get locked out, you can purchase a glycerine product to de-ice the locks.  Keep a couple handy, just in case you find yourself locked out this winter.

Keep an emergency kit handy – While no one wants to ever find themselves in need of one, it’s a good idea to have an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times.  The following items are good to keep in your car in case of an emergency:  Flares, blankets, wind-up radio, wind-up flashlight, a change of clothes, a pair of heavy boots and gloves, and a box of non-perishable food and water.

In doing these important tasks, you’ll be prepared in case your vehicle breaks down.  Planning ahead and choosing to winterize your car while the weather is still warm will help your car remain safe and reliable throughout the cold winter months.

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Crock Pot Beef Barley Stew

2 lbs. Cubed Stew beef
2 carrots (thinly sliced)
2 celery ribs (thinly sliced)
1 onion (diced)
1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes
3/4 cup barley
1 teaspoon dried basil or oregano
5 cups beef broth
Olive oil

Place cubed beef in frying pan with a little olive oil and brown over high heat on all sides. Place carrots, celery and onion in crock pot. Place beef on top. Combine untrained tomatoes, barley, basil, beef broth and pour over beef and vegetables. Add a little salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for approximately 8 hours or until tender.

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