Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recipe: Zucchini-Bacon Fritters


6 slices thick-cut bacon or 10 to 12 slices of thinner bacon
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 medium zucchini, grated
2 scallions, chopped, including 1 inch of the green parts
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup


1. Cook the bacon until crisp. You can do this in a skillet on the stove top. Alternatively, lay it on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for a bout 15 minutes, until browned and crisp. Alternatively again, you can sandwich the strips between paper towels on a plate and microwave for about 5 minutes.

2. Combine the cornmeal, baking powder, salt and generous grind of black pepper in a bowl and mix well. Crumble the bacon into the bowl, then stir in the zucchini, scallions, egg and maple syrup. Mix to combine. The mixture might not seem like it will hold together, but it will.

3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Spoon the batter into the skillet about 1 tablespoon at a time. Flatten each spoonful of batter slightly with the back of the spoon. Cook for about 2 minutes per side, until golden and cooked through.

Serves 6 (makes 10-12 small fritters)

Source: The Clean Plate Club

Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to clean tile and grout in the bathroom

Use a foaming cleanser to clean tile and grout in vertical showers and bathtub areas.  The foam will
cling to the walls better than a liquid would.  Spray towards the top of the area and wipe downwards to
spread the cleaner over the wall.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse or wipe it off.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Recipe: Quick Caramelized Onions

Quick Caramelized Onions


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary (optional)


1. Combine the oil, sugar, vinegar and salt in a large skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  Add the onion and saute for a few minutes to start the browning process.

2. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle with fresh herbs, if desired, before serving.

Source:  The Clean Plate Club

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stew Thickener

Add instant potato flakes 1/2 cup at a time to your stew to thicken.  You could also use a tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Idahoan REAL Premium Mashed Potatoes - 3.24lbs.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tons of Free Stuff

Click here to see a list of free stuff that I have found online!  There are valuable coupons, free magazine subscriptions and product samples.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Best Deals of October

October is the best time to buy:

- Major Appliances
- Car Accessories and Parts
- Jeans
- Cookware
- Shrubs, Trees and Bulbs