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Potatoes  Au-GratinI have been testing several different recipes in my Nuwave oven, and will be sharing some of them with you.

Today I will post a recipe for a vegetable dish, Potatoes Au-Gratin, which was very simple to prepare, and it turned out to be a delicious side dish.

This recipe was posted in the cook book enclosed with the Nuwave oven shipment, so I will post it for your convenience, in case you have not decided yet to add this kitchen gadget to your collection.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups small red potatoes, washed, and sliced very thinly
  • 1/2 cup red or white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 Tbs. butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream (whipping cream)
  • 3 Tbs. Parsley, chopped (0r 1 Tbs. dried parsley flakes)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Wash and slice the potatoes, and place them in the bowl.
  2. Add chopped onion, butter, cheese, cream and spices.
  3. Mix to coat the potatoes evenly.
  4. Scoop into a 10 inch baking dish, gently pressing them down into the pan.
  5. Place on 1 inch rack, and cook on HI power level, for 20 minutes.
  6. Let it rest for 2 minutes with dome lid on.
  7. Serve hot, as a side dish with your favorite meat.

Enjoy!

Sweet Italian Sausage - Nuwave oven recipeFreshly made Italian Sausage is the second best sausage choice next to Ukrainian Pork sausage (Kovbasa), at least on my list of favorite sausages.

I love shopping at the Dutch Country Farmers Market, in Middletown Delaware, for fresh  meat products made daily by local farmers, as well as locally grown fruits, vegetables, freshly baked goods and homemade Amish foods.

This week I purchased fresh Sweet Italian Sausage, Sage Sausage, and Fresh Polish Kielbasa (Sausage).

The Nuwave oven came in handy for preparing the Sweet Italian Sausage for a quick dinner tonight.

Yields 3-4 servings.

Ingredients:

  •  2 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage (2 long links)

Directions:

  1. Cut each sausage link into 3 equal section.
  2. Flatten slightly, or easier handling and cooking.
  3. Place the Nuwave oven rack on the 4 inch height.
  4. Place the sausages on the rack (as close to the middle as possible).
  5. Place the side cylinder over the base, fasten the lid in place, per manufacturer directions.
  6. Press the Power button once (this sets it on High).
  7. Set cooking time to 12 minutes and start cooking.
  8. After 12 minutes, carefully remove the dome of the Nuwave oven, and set aside.
  9. Using kitchen tongs, turn over each sausage.
  10. I also moved the sausages from the middle toward the side, and the side ones to the middle, for even cooking.
  11. Place the oven dome over the food.
  12. Press the Power button once again, and set cooking time for another 12 minutes.
  13. Once done, let sausage rest for 2 minutes, before removing oven dome.
  14. Serve as links, or slices, as I did in the above picture.

I served my sausage with steamed green beans, and summer yellow squash sautéed with Italian spices, olive oil, onions, garlic, and tomatoes, previously prepared in my Nuwave oven.

All vegetables were freshly picked from my garden.  How convenient and rewarding, for having my own veggie garden.

Nuwave ovenThe time has come to add a new kitchen gadget to my collection.

Currently I am testing a very interesting kitchen gadget, a Nuwave Pro Infrared Oven.

I was slightly skeptical at first site of this item, since it is made mostly of heavy duty plastic, and the heating element is located under its lid.

This means that all its heat and cooking power comes only from the top.

Once I have checked out the recipe booklet included with the oven, I decided to give it a try, and test some of these recipes to share my opinion with you.

So far, I am quite impressed by this oven, so in the next few posts I will share pictures and recipes of the dishes I prepared.

As you can see from the picture above, this gadget is portable, convenient to pack, since all pieces disassemble easily, and a great gadget to take along on a family vacation (if you plan to do some cooking and baking….:-) there)

Since my kitchen has only one oven, it find it very convenient to use this Newave oven to prepare side dishes, or quick desserts.  It is also very useful for cooking for TWO, or even four, with less heat in the kitchen, and less energy.

It is also easy to clean, since all the parts are removable and dishwasher safe, with the exception of the lid which houses the heating element.

I would like to hear from those of you who have tried this cooking gadget, and would like to share their opinion.

 

I checked the calendar to see when The Great Lent begins, and it just sneaked up on me this year….as it started today for the Byzantine Rite Catholics, at least at the church that my family and I attend.

For Roman Catholics it does not start until Ash Wednesday, so they have two more days to party, even though they already indulged in all the good food last week on Fat Thursday.

During The Great Lent one needs to reflect on their spiritual life, their role in the society, as well as some food restrictions, such as excluding consumption of meat on Fridays,  and especially on Good Friday, as well as very strict fast on Holy Saturday.

I personally like to prepare meatless meals on Wednesdays and Fridays for the duration of the Great Lent, as well the whole Holy Week, which is the week before Easter Sunday.

It actually is healthy to give our system a break from all that meat we eat daily, and introduce some vegetarian or seafood dishes.

Last year I prepared a list of 25 meatless meals  (click here it view it) for your convenience, and linked them to my recipes, to help you out with meatless meal planning.

Today I will include additional ones, which I prepared this year, and you can add to your list.

Wow, now you have over 30 meatless meals, which is more than you need to cover at least Fridays, for the duration of lent. Actually you have a full month of meatless meals.  Who would have thought it could be so easy!

I will work on some new ones, if you still want to try something different, so please stay tuned.

 

Some of my friends observe Passover, so I am sharing few of the recipes I tried, and there will be  new ones coming up.

I would really love to hear from all of you, about the meatless dishes you enjoy to prepare. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Autumn is in a full swing in our area.  My vegetable garden and flower patches are becoming quite bare, many trees are dropping their leaves, as well as Mother Nature is rushing in with lower temperatures.

With Winter quickly approaching, we need to think of ways to stay comfortable in our homes, without breaking the bank to keep up with rising utility costs.

I will share some suggestions to help you cut your costs, and to winterize your “castle”.

You need to do all you can to stop drafts around doors and windows in your home.

It has been known that drafts can rub you off of  5-30% of the total energy you use to heat your home, and this could add up very quickly to a high energy bill, and still not comfortably heated home.

So stop the draft!

  1. Caulk around window frames.
  2. Install storm doors, and storm windows.
  3. Insulate with plastic sheeting.
  4. Replace furnace filter.
  5. Inspect furnace and tune it up.
  6. Properly seal vents.
  7. Insulate between floors, walls, basement ceiling, attic.  Don’t forget the crawl space, and the ceiling in the garage.
  8. Use draft snakes for doors and windows.
  9. Drain outdoor hoses, and outside water spigots.
  10. Vacuum under the fridge, and the back coils.
  11. Caulk and seal where pipes and cables enter the walls.
  12. Insulate  hot water heater and hot water pipes.
  13. Set your hot water heater to 120 F, rather than keeping it at the normal setting of 140 F.
  14. Replace your traditional light bulbs with the fluorescent ones, since they use less energy and last longer.
  15. Unplug your electric appliances not in use (coffee pot, toaster oven, microwave, computer), all of them still draw electricity while turned of, but plugged in.

 

  • You should check out my previous post about your appliances and their KWH energy usage:

http://suburbangrandma.com/saving-money/your-home-appliances-and-kwh-usage/

Are you surprised that some of your appliances are real energy vampires?

 

  • How about your computer?   Check out the link below, and learn more about saving money with this absolute necessity in your home:

http://suburbangrandma.com/culture/saving-money-on-energy-usage-by-your-computer/

 

  • Look at the windows in your home, and see if perhaps it is time for a change:

http://suburbangrandma.com/saving-money/save-energy-check-your-windows/

 

  • Laundry in a never-ending job in every household, read these tips and save money:

http://suburbangrandma.com/saving-money/cold-water-laundry-saving-money/

 

If you follow most of the tips above, you will be end up with lots of extra cash for holiday gift giving.

Please share any other tips you might have in regards to saving money on utility bills, and other fixed expenses.

Happy Savings!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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