Monthly Archives: July 2013

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil and Sundried Tomatoes

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I am finding that most things leave my memory within 1 hour if not written down.  So many things that I do or read, I think “oh I will remember that!”  And truth is I don’t. I put things away in a very good organized manner and then I cannot remember where they are. I have started making lists of where I put things because I know that no matter how good a place and how much sense it makes when I put it there–I will forget.  Another thing I have been doing is buying books and magazines only to come home and find that I already bought them.  Now don’t you think I would remember this.  I read it!!!!!

I am not sure if this is something I should be worried about but then if I am, I will forget I am in a few minutes. I am not sure how Dad remembered so many things and so many details.  The poorer my memory gets, the more amazed I am at his.  I do want to defend myself. We have so many new studies starting up at work and I am always thinking of something that I need to do or an email I need to send.  I think that I just push everything out of my head that does not have a red explanation point ( priority in my email!!!)

I was needing some quiet time yesterday to get some documents submitted for a new stiudy.  I knew I could not get the peace and quiet at the office nor at home so I sequestered myself at the Layton City Library. It was amazing what I got done in a few hours.  Well thinking of all I needed to get done, I took a quick break to the bathroom.I rushed in only to see a MAN taking his own potty break.  Now mind you it should have occured to me right then that something was wrong. But my overworked, ired mind, only could question, “what is a man doing in the woman’s bathroom and why is that urinal there”!!!.  I stood there for a few seconds contemplating this ,I am sure much to the horror of the man at the urninal and then it dawned on me that I was in the wrong bathroom.  I hustled out quickly, head down, hoping no one saw me exit.  Of all days to wear a very bright tropical jacket that was very easy to spot.

What do you ask does this have to do with marinated mozarella?  Well I was food blog surfing the other day and ran across a great blog and read this great recipe for marniated mozzarella. I tried it and loved it.  I again thought that I would surely remember the blog–it was great.  Well I didn’t.  I also didn’t write down the recipe.    Here is what I remember

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1 pound chilled mozzarella (you want it chilled so it is easier to cut)
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons each chopped fresh parsley, chives and basil
2 tablespoons chopped sundried tomatoes
Extra whole basil leaves for garnish
Sliced Italian bread for serving


1. Arrange overlapping slices of cheese in a shallow serving dish.
2. Stir oil, herbs and tomatoes together and drizzle over cheese.
3. Cover cheese with plastic wrap and let it marinate at room temperature for 2 hours.
4. Garnish with basil leaves and serve with sliced Italian bread.
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Recipes


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Creamed New Peas and Potatoes


This is a definite blast from the past and I found myself taking a very splendid travel down memory road.  It is amazing how certain foods and smells trigger such wonderful memories and emotions.  I can remember Grandma Boyer and mom making these creamed potatoes and peas and I can’t remember loving them all that much.  Grandma Boyer was a huge fan of any kind of vegetable–I will never forget the cooked carrotts and baked sweet potatoes.  I can remember how disappointed I would be when I came through the door to find her preparing either of them and trying my hardest to avoid eating them.  But now!!!! I love cooked carrotts and baked sweet potatoes.

And this recipe is right up there on the top of my list too.  I guess if you add a cream sauce to pretty much anything, it will taste good.  The same for the butter and brown sugar on sweet potatoes. I am not sure if it is even the sweet potato that I like.  I made these for Sunday dinner and found myself awake stewing about something about 2am that night and they were the perfect snack.    S00000 GOOD and so easy.

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6-8 new red potatoes, cubed

  • 3-4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 c. milk (or to taste)
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 1 c. peas (fresh or frozen)


  • Boil potatoes in salted water until just done/fork tender, appx. 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your potato cubes (you don’t want them overdone or they will get mushy real quick).
  • Drain and set aside.
  • In a medium-sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Slowly add flour, stirring, until flour/butter mixture becomes doughy (you may not need all the flour).
  • SLOWLY add milk, whisking constantly until mixture becomes smooth and creamy. You want it to be a gravy consistency so add more milk if it seems too thick. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add peas and bring to a slight simmer.
  • Carefully fold creamy mixture into potatoes until potatoes become well covered and serve!
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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Recipes


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