One of America’s Favorites – Pastrami on Rye

October 18, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen

Pastrami on rye is a classic sandwich made famous in the Jewish kosher delicatessens of New York City. It was first created in 1888 by Sussman Volk, who served it at his deli on Delancey Street in New York City.

Sussman Volk immigrated from Lithuania in the late 1800s. He opened a small butcher shop on New York’s Lower East Side. He befriended another immigrant, this one from Romania, who he allowed to store meat in his large icebox. In exchange for his kindness, the friend gave the recipe for pastrami to Volk, who began to serve it to his customers. It proved so popular that in 1888, Volk opened a delicatessen at 88 Delancey Street, one of the first delis in New York City, where he served the meat on rye bread.

It became a favorite at other delis, served on rye bread and topped with spicy brown mustard. Delis in New York City, like Katz’s Delicatessen, have become known for their Pastrami on rye sandwiches. In her description of the book on Katz’s, Florence Fabricant, the noted food critic for the New York Times, described the volume “as overstuffed as Katz’s pastrami on rye.”

The pastrami on rye sandwich has come to be a symbol of the classic New York Jewish deli, being featured in delis around the world attempting to recreate the ambience of the original New York delis, in cities such as Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Boca Raton, Florida, and San Diego, California. The classic, which some consider to be New York’s signature sandwich, consists simply of sliced pastrami, placed on rye bread, and topped with spicy brown mustard. It is usually accompanied by a Kosher dill pickle on the side.

Pastrami on rye, served with the classic accoutrements of spicy brown mustard and Kosher dill pickles

Corned beef and pastrami on rye may be prepared using rye bread, pastrami, corned beef, cole slaw, and Russian dressing. Preparation involves placing both meats on a slice of rye bread and topping it with coleslaw. Russian dressing may be added to the top slice of bread.

Pastrami, lettuce, and tomato (PLT) may be prepared using two slices of toasted sourdough bread, mayonnaise, pastrami, lettuce, tomato slices. Preparation involves placing the pastrami on a toasted slice of sourdough bread and topping it with the lettuce and tomato slices. Mayonnaise may be spread on the second slice of sourdough, and placed on top of the sandwich.

“Meatless Monday Recipe of the Week – Moroccan Spiced Millet

October 18, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday Recipe of the Week is a Moroccan Spiced Millet. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Olive Oil, Green Chard, Kosher Salt, Minced Garlic, Roma Tomatoes, Millet, California Ripe Olives, Cashews, Orange Zest, Ground Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!

Moroccan Spiced Millet
Recipe courtesy of California Ripe Olives.

Recipe Ingredients:
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 quarts (4 ounces) coarsely chopped green chard
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced garlic
6 ounces Roma tomatoes, seeded and sliced lengthwise into 1/4-inch strips
2 1/2 cups warm cooked millet
1 cup California Ripe Olives, wedged
1/3 cup coarsely chopped toasted cashews
2 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cooking Directions:
1 – Heat oil in a medium sized sauté pan over medium high heat. Add chard and sauté until wilted and tender for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, stir in garlic and tomatoes and cook for 1 more minute. Set aside and keep warm.
2 – In a large mixing bowl combine cooked millet, California Ripe Olives and cashews. Season with orange zest, cinnamon and cayenne.
3 – Spoon chard mixture onto serving plate. Top with millet and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 316; Total Fat: 12g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Total Carbs: 46g; Fiber: 11g; Protein: 9g; Sodium: 903mg.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 18, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 1 Comment
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Make scrambled eggs in the microwave…..

Grab a mug and spritz it with nonstick spray. Crack a couple eggs inside. Top with a splash of milk or water, sprinkle with some salt and pepper, then stir with a fork to combine. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after each, for a total of 90 seconds and a 12-grams-of-protein-strong breakfast is served! You can also add crumbled cheese or bacon pieces, just stir those in as well before cooking.

Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage w/ Baked Fries

October 17, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's Live Carb Smart, Jennie-O, Jennie-O Turkey Products, Ore - Ida | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage w/ Baked Fries


For Breakfast this morning I had a cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Cool morning out there this morning , 39 degrees with a cool wind. We had a high of 67 degrees and sunny, very windy out though. Not a thing going on today. Mom feels a lot better today. For me I was a slug all day! Did some work on the computer and then caught up with shows I had recorded. For Dinner tonight it’s Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage w/ Baked Fries.


I used one of my favorites, the healthy and delicious Jennie O Lean Sweet Italian Turkey Sausages. I bought a package of them at Meijer the other day. I prepared a few of them for our Dinner tonight. I pan fried them, using Pam w/ Olive Oil Cooking Spray and no oil needed. Heated the pan on medium and cooked a total of about 14 minutes, turning the Sausages occasionally. They fry up plump and brown, as always Jennie – O Products always have that fresh taste to them. The Sausages have 160 calories and 0 carbs per Sausage. I served them on Aunt Millie’s Live Carb Smart Hot Dog Buns and topped with French’s Spicy Brown Mustard. Love these!


I also baked some Ore Ida Crinkle Cut Fries. Served them with a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping. For Dessert/Snack later a 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Snyder’s Pretzels with Diet Dr. Pepper to drink.









Jennie O Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
JENNIE-O® All Natural* Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage works great in pastas, lasagnas, pizzas and more! These lean turkey sausage links have 18 g of protein and 150 calories per serving for balanced nutrition with a bold taste. Save time and skip the seasoning with Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage for your next family dinner. You’ll be kissing your fingers in appreciation. Find this product in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.

Cooking Instructions:
* Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat grill over medium-high heat.
* Place dinner sausages on grill rack 4 inches from heat source.
* Grill approximately 16 to 18 minutes, turning occasionally.
* Always cook to well done, 165 °F. as measured by a meat thermometer.

* Spray skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
* Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
* Place dinner sausage in hot skillet.
* Cook covered, turning occasionally, 17 – 19 minutes.
* Always cook to well-done, 165º F. as measured by a meat thermometer.
* Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.
* Learn how to safely handle turkey

Nutrition Facts
Jennie O – Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage Lean
Servings: 1
Calories 160
Sodium 670 mg
Total Fat 10 g
Potassium 0 mg
Saturated 3 g
Total Carbs 0 g
Polyunsaturated 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Monounsaturated 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Trans 0 g
Protein 17 g
Cholesterol 60 mg

Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Apple and Almond Rice Pilaf

October 17, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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I’ve got a great Fall Side Dish for this week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week, Apple and Almond Rice Pilaf. Perfect Fall recipe to go with about anything. You’ll need a box of Mushroom and Whole Grain and Wild Rice Mix, Red Delicious Apple, Almonds, Bell Pepper, Onion, and Pepper Flakes. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!

Apple and Almond Rice Pilaf
Requiring just six ingredients, this quick and easy Apple and Almond Rice Pilaf is the perfect comfort food for fall!
1 (6.7-ounce) box mushroom, whole grain and wild rice mix
1 medium Red Delicious apple, peeled and diced
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/2 cup finely chopped red, yellow or orange bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flake

Yield: 8 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup.

1 – In large saucepan, cook rice mix according to package directions, omitting fat.

2 – Stir in apple, almonds, bell pepper, onion, and pepper flakes. Cover; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 131 calories, Carbohydrates: 22 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 331 mg, Fiber: 3 g

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Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes

October 17, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in Eating Well | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes with recipes including Wild Rice Pilaf, Slow-Cooker Cheesy Rice with Broccoli, and Black Sticky Rice. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!

Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes
Find healthy, delicious side dish with rice recipes including rice and beans, Spanish rice, fried rice, and risotto. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Wild Rice Pilaf
This healthy rice pilaf combines wild rice with brown rice for a nutty, delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted salmon, chicken or pork. Bonus: Nutrient-rich wild rice has a higher protein content than many other whole grains…..

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Rice with Broccoli
This dish is sure to be a kid favorite that adults will crave, too. Broccoli and cheese is a classic pairing for a reason, and when served with rice and umami-rich mushrooms, the combo is even more comforting. Garnish with shaved Parmesan and additional kosher salt and black pepper, if desired……

Black Sticky Rice
Black sticky rice, a delicious whole-grain alternative to white rice, is purplish black in color and has a chewy texture. This recipe gives you a simple method for how to make black sticky rice. Look for it in natural-foods stores in the bulk department or with other whole-grain rice……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Rice Side Dish Recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 17, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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No flip needed…..

You don’t always have to flip your food. When roasting items such as French fries and vegetables, preheat your cookie sheet in the oven. This eliminates the need to flip halfway through.

Buttermilk Marinated Chicken Thighs w/ Cut Green Beans, Diced Potatoes, and Glazed Apples

October 16, 2021 at 6:48 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, greenbeans, Katie's Best Chicken, potatoes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Buttermilk Marinated Chicken Thighs w/ Cut Green Beans, Diced Potatoes, and Glazed Apples



For Breakfast This morning I toasted a Thomas Light English Muffin that I topped with Smucker’s Sugar Free Blackberry Jam. I also had my morning cup of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Big change in our Weather, Fall is really here! We had a high of 59 degrees, mostly sunny and very windy. The winds kept the temperatures feeling like 50 degrees. The low overnight will be in the 30’s, times are a changin! Anyway after Breakfast I did a load of laundry for Mom. Mom slept most of the day, upset stomach and just not feeling real good. So I took good care of her today. For Dinner tonight I prepared Buttermilk Marinated Chicken Thighs w/ Cut Green Beans, Diced Potatoes, and Glazed Apples.


For the Chicken; I started at Noon today. I grabbed a large Hefty Bag and added a 1/2 Pint of Buttermilk to the bag. I then added several shakes of Frank’s Hot Sauce to it and shook the bag to blend it together. I then added my Chicken Breasts and let it Marinate in the fridge until it was time to use. I used my favorite, Katie’s Best Chicken Thighs.


I usually prepare the Thin Sliced Chicken Breast with Buttermilk Marinade. But what is good for the Breasts is good for the Thighs! So Chicken Thighs it is.  To prepare the Chicken Thighs I grabbed a Cast Iron Skillet. Sprayed with a coat of Pam Non Stick Cooking Spray. Then I started heating the skillet on medium heat. Next I added a tablespoon and a half of Olive Oil Cooking Oil. As the skillet heated I got the Chicken out of the fridge and removed it from the bag of Marinade, shaking off the excess. Then I grabbed a pie pan and added Flour to it and seasoned the Flour with Paprika. Took the Chicken Thighs and rolled them in the Seasoned Flour until well covered.


Added the Chicken to the heated Skillet. I cooked the Chicken for 4 minutes and then flipped them over and cooked them for 4 more minutes, until golden brown and the meat thermometer read 165 degrees. The Chicken turned out so very good! Cooked up perfect, nice crust, and love the seasoning! Served it with Kraft Hickory Smoked BBQ Sauce for dipping.


For a side I heated up a can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans. Just empty the can into a sauce pan and heat until heated through. I just love Green Beans, all Beans!



For another side it was Del Monte Diced New Potatoes. I’ve had these many times and as always, delicious! To prepare these; empty the Potatoes into a small sauce pan and heat on medium heat until heated through.




I also heated up some Bob Evan’s Glazed Apples, it comes in a microwavable container and is a quick and delicious way to have Glazed Apples. Apples are perfect for any Pork dish! Quite a dinner tonight! For Dessert/Snack later a bowl of Skinny Pop – Pop Corn and a Diet Peach Snapple.









Chicken Thighs – One medium, baked chicken thigh with skin provides 140 calories, 14 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbohydrate, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 4 grams of monounsaturated fat, 2 gram of polyunsaturated fat, and 275 milligrams of sodium.







A classic taste that will make everyone think you slaved in the kitchen, Bob Evans Sliced Glazed Apples are a perfect side dish or topping. Sold in the grocer’s refrigerated section, they’re ready to serve in less than 5 minutes.
Serving Size 1/2 cup (116g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 140
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 35mg
Total Carbs 32g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Protein 2g

Appetizer of the Week – Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites

October 16, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Appetizer of the Week, Appetizers, CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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This week’s Appetizer of the Week is Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites. To make these bites you’ll be needing Polenta, Butter, Sweet Onion, Chopped Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Brown Sugar, Spices, Bacon, and Sliced Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola Cheese. The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!

Gorgonzola Bacon Polenta Bites
Slices of baked polenta are topped with a sweet onion, walnut and dried cherry compote, crisp bacon and a slice of gorgonzola cheese.

Recipe Ingredients:
24 (1/2-inch thick) slices of polenta from a prepared roll
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
8 slices bacon, cut into 2-inch long strips and cooked
6 ounces Wisconsin Creamy Gorgonzola cheese, sliced

Cooking Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
Arrange polenta slices on a baking sheet, and bake 5 to 7 minutes per side, until hot.
In a large skillet, heat butter over low heat. Add onion and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add walnuts, cherries, brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook 8 to 10 minutes more, until onions are caramelized.
Top each polenta bite with a bacon slice, 1 tablespoon onion mixture and a slice of Wisconsin Gorgonzola cheese.
Serve immediately.
Makes 24 appetizer servings.


October 16, 2021 at 6:01 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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Here’s a recipe for SHRIMP AND SKINNY NOODLES SOUP. To make this Soup you’ll be needing Skinny Noodles Spaghetti, Garlic, Ginger, Canola Oil, Broccoli Florets, Red Bell Pepper Medium Shrimp, Vegetable Stock, Red Pepper Flakes, and Sesame Oil. So you can find this Diabetic Friendly recipe and more all at the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. You can also sign up to receive wonderful recipes, engaging articles, helpful and healthful tips, critically important news and more. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021!



1 (8 oz) package Skinny Noodles Spaghetti, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Cup broccoli florets
1 Cup diced red bell pepper
8 oz cooked medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 (14 oz) cans vegetable stock (to add more flavor, mix 1 can of chicken broth and 2 cans of vegetable stock)
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp sesame oil


1 – In large saucepan cook the garlic and ginger in canola oil over medium heat for 30 seconds.
2 – Add broccoli and red bell pepper. Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until crisp and tender.
3 – Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute.
4 – Carefully add the broth with red pepper flakes and sesame oil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat.
5 – Add Skinny Noodles Spaghetti and let simmer for 3 minutes.
6 – Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe Yield: Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 190
Fat: 10 grams
Fiber: 12 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Carbohydrates: 9 grams

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