Tuesday, December 25, 2007

yam casseroles

2 (1 lb.) cans of sweet potatoes or yams, drained
1 (8 1/4 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1/2 c. melted butter
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 c. chopped pecans
3/4 c. brown sugar, divided
In large mixing bowl, using mixer at medium speed, combine yams or sweet potatoes, crushed pineapple, butter, granulated sugar, cinnamon and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. When well mixed, whip on high speed for 1 minute.
Pour into buttered 2 quart casserole dish. Microwave on high for 8-10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and pecans. Return to oven and continue cooking on high about 5 minutes or until dish is hot and topping is melted.

sweet potato and pumpkin pineapple

Used up a can of yams.  Drained the juice.  I did not realize it was corn syrup
Added a can of prepared pumpkin
Mashed everything and blended in a good bit of ground nutmeg
Covered with a can of pineapple pieces
Baked until hot.  at 350 degrees 
Next time go easier on the numeg.
Spinkle on some pecans broken in pieces.
I like the mix of pumpkin and yam.

Monday, December 24, 2007

zuchini lasagna from Marnie

Marnie Reid grill zucchini (enough to substitute for the pasta layers in a lasagna), make a salsa of your choice (I did spicy chipotle pepper salsa), layer salsa zucchini grilled onions black beans cheese salsa zucchini grilled peppers sauteed spinach (kale, chard) cheese salsa, zucchini and top with cheese and bake 30 minutes....add feta, eggplant, mushrooms, ??? whatever you like in your Mexican lasagna. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Chinese buffet

I was worried about going to the fine Chinese Dragon Buffet before poker, as I had in the past always chose things that I should not have. I did taste a bit of duck and two small bites of chicken with white sauce, but the Mongolian barbecue was really great and did not seem to include very much cooking oil. Fruit was good too. Was it appricot that I could not recognize?

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Generator oil change

First buy the synthetic oil recommended in the manual. TWO QUARTS WILL BE REQUIRED There is a container of it on the shelf in the garage near lubricants. I bought it at Napa 43 mall in W Sand Lake. It is Mobil 1 synthetic 5-30 weight. 12/09 I bought two extra for the spring changing. They are marked and on the garage shelf.

IN the brown brief case upstairs next to the file cabinet is the manual and some wrenches and a rag.

The small wrench removes the outside casing. Two nut screws one on each side.
The two larger wrenches are needed to unscrew the cap on the drain hose. one fits on the outside, the cap itself. Another fits on the inner nut for leverage. It was really tight this time. It comes off counterclockwise. This time I added a run of black electrical tape as further protection from vibrations loosening this connection.
Bring a plastic bag, a rag, and some small container to hold the screws from falling in the cracks of the platform.

Before removing the door, turn the black button on the right to manual and the generator will fire. It will not affect the lights. No breakers need to be turned off.

Let it run a while so the oil is hot enough to drain easy.

Then set that black switch to off. Turn the breaker off too if that seems safer. Actually, I did not do that this time. You don't want the generator starting up because something hits the black button just when there is no oil left.

The drain hose comes out the bottom and winds around to the left and is hooked in a clip.

Drain the oil. It is not easy to catch it. It would be good to adjust the platform so an old oil bottle fits down to the ground in reach of the draining hose.

Securely replace the cap.

Open the oil fill and put in about 1.7 quarts of oil. Check with the dipstick.

Replace all caps and the outside metal. Be sure the ground it still snapped into the metal. There is a wire right there on that door.

Put a piece of wood and a block on top in winter to avoid ice damage.


I did not do the oil filter this time. Perhaps next time. It was replaced last year when the electrician did the work and there have been no power outages. In fact, the oil I drained was very clean.

Again no filter change. Should do that in the spring. The oil was dirty this time so it needs more than a quick change next service.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Likes and Dislikes

notes while in Chapel Hill
Annie's dressings usually taste good but we did not much like the Green Garlic.

I bought a new mushroom that was not called baby bella but tasted like those and was very good. Got it at Whole Foods

Cholua has a chili and garlic flavor and that sure was good. It may become one of my new favorites if it keeps tasting the way it did on todays. wrap. I particularly liked it on the carrot and mushrooms. Still, we will have to see if it blended with what seemed a tasteless Annie's dressing or took right over so that it would taste as good without the Annie's

This may be the place that made the wraps I bought at the health food store in Mass- Guido's
Sami's Pita Bakery Inc.
4920 East Busch Blvd
Tampa, FL, 33617