A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience. Read more.

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    Dinner with W/ Bruschetta

    Filed under :Appetizers, Bruschetta, Italian, tomatoes
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    Living alone, I don’t cook as much as I’d like. Although I do realize I could cook smaller portions and still be creative, I really enjoy preparing food for others. My friend W graciously volunteered to be my guinea pig, and came over for dinner recently. This was the first time he would be eating my food, so I wanted to tailor a menu specially for him (which in his case, presented a whole plethora of options.) I went with an Italian theme since he had confessed the food in Italy was the best he’d ever tasted.
    I adore menu planning, so went back and forth through various options. I decided on a deep dish meat and cheese lasagna, a chicken linguini pasta in a butter- white wine sauce, and a tiramisu for dessert. I was stuck on the appetizer, and considered everything from an antipasti platter to a white bean dip to stuffed mushrooms. I even sneaked peeks at the menus of some favourite Italian restaurants on-line for ideas. I originally decided on a beef carpaccio, but in reviewing the menu decided that would be too much meat and went with bruschetta instead. I rounded out the menu with steamed asparagus and added my signature chocolate chip cookies as well.  …continue reading Dinner with W/ Bruschetta

    Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

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    tomato and cheese sandwich

    Cheese and tomato sandwich

    I grew up on these.  Simple, but oh, so good.  I still take them for lunches and often eat them for dinner.

    Cheese and Tomato Sandwich:

    2 slices bread (I use whole wheat, but any kind you like will suit)

    Mayonnaise (I use low-fat mayo- gotta be Hellman’s)

    3 slices sharp or medium cheddar cheese

    3 slices tomato

    Toast the slices of bread.  Spread mayonnaise on the inside of each piece.  On one piece, lay down cheese slices followed by tomatoes.  Top with second slice of bread.  Cut in half and enjoy with a tall glass of milk.

    tomato and cheese sandwich

    why yes, I'll have another!