Monday, February 17, 2020

Oven Roasted Parmesan Brussel Sprouts

Not everybody likes brussel sprouts. I mostly have them steamed. So far I haven't had them in a slaw or fried. Here in the south  we fry just about everything.

I've got to say this alternate form was easy and delicious.

This recipe is from Together As Family


  • 1 1/2 lbs brussel sprouts (trimmed & halved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Very lightly spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, combine brussel sprouts (that have been halved and ends trimmed) with the remaining ingredients. Toss together to coat all the brussel sprouts.
  3. Spread onto the cookie sheet making sure they are not touching.
  4. Cook for 16-18 minutes. Serve immediately.

I gathered the items and ingredients I'd need. 

Rinse and pat dry before cutting in half. You want ROASTED not STEAMED, I chose not to cut off the ends since they'd already been done. Plus cutting off the ends causes the sprout to unravel into brussel sprout leaves instead of halves. Although, I found out later that those crispy leaves can be mighty tasty.

Here are some of the sprouts halved. It's important to halve them so that the seasoning can get all the way through.

Into this bowl I added all of the ingredients and mixed them with my hands. 

I laid out the sprouts face down on parchment paper making sure they didn't touch. 
Here the sprouts are out of the oven. No, the Parmesan is still white because for one thing it's the cheap kind in the green container and  because I forgot to add it. So, I sprinkled on the Parmesan and ran the whole cookie sheet back into the oven for a few minutes. Turned out great.
No, these aren't burned.  You want your sprouts to have a char on them. Remember me saying the leaves are tasty and crispy?  I found myself examining the sprouts, tearing off the charred leaves and eating them.  I'm assuming it's very similar to the way kale chips turn out. 

This recipe is now in my Favorites file.
That's it***

Saturday, February 8, 2020

AMAZON?---Amazing or Awful?

It all depends

Since I'm not a big fan of shopping, Amazon has been a time saver for me. It's the modern way of catalog shopping. As a member of Amazon Prime I can order $25 or more in merchandise and shipment is paid. If the item isn't quite right, I can return it with shipment paid. BUT, make sure you read everything. Not all items are Prime approved.
Below are a few of the items I've ordered.
copied from Amazon

The sheets and cases are soft but, lack the large folded area at the top of the sheet so that I know what goes at the head.

  1. The cases also lack the folded area at the top. It only turns down on one side.
2. Only  1/2 inch turned down on all hems and seams. It lack a finishing seam. Awful

copied from Amazon
 The Sock Dock
I have lots of socks. To free up some real estate in my dresser I decided to store the socks another way. Rolling them was okay but there are some socks I rarely wear but don't want to throw away. I have plenty of room in my closet. 
 The Sock Dock comes with two hangers, one for clean socks and one for dirty. Once the dirty sock holder is full, the entire item can be placed in the washer and then the dryer. Since my washer rarely eats socks, I've decided to use both for clean socks.  However this would be ideal for children and disorganized people. 
1.  Each Sock Dock holds 10 pairs of socks.
2. The Sock Dock hanging in my closet.
3. I decided to push the envelope  and hang two pairs of socks per rung. Amazing

Microwave Popcorn Popper
In a past post I showed how to pop corn in a paper bag in the microwave. I decided to be even more health conscious and try this silicone popcorn popper. While it works well in popping the corn, no seasonings or oils are allowed in the popper while popping. The result to me was plain Styrofoam tasting popcorn that is, if I was to ever eat Styrofoam. Adding melted butter and other seasonings didn't make it any better. Perhaps it was the brand of popcorn I used. If you use this have a beverage handy to wash down this dry concoction. Then pat yourself on the back for eating healthy. Awful 

Food Storage Containers
Cooking is not something I enjoy doing on a regular basis. To save time, I'll often cook in batches, storing left overs in containers and freezing them. I have three containers I've had for over 18 years. They're sturdy and reusable but I don't remember where I bought them. I wanted to prepare more than three frozen meals so I ordered these.  
copied from Amazon
They came in a pack of 10 and measured 8.5x7.5x1.9. Larger than I wanted but I was willing to give them a try.

1. I prepared to prewash the containers before using. It felt flimsy   and proved itself by splitting in two places in the seam.
2. I also noticed "DISHWASHER" was spelled "DISHWASER."
 I returned them to Amazon.    Awful
 If you can't find information about the company selling through Amazon you want to beware.
Shoe Rack with Three Shelves

This worked out perfectly for me. My nephew put it together and I was able to neatly contain the shoes I use on a regular basis in one place. This made them easier to see and  put them in an orderly fashion. Amazing    
With Amazon Prime I get access to certain movies and TV shows which I can view through a streaming device. As with any business there are other items sponsored by Amazon that can be purchased for a fee that aren't included with Amazon Prime.

Prefab Houses was one thing I didn't think I'd see.
copied from Amazon
But, here's an example of one among many. This one has free shipping.
That's it***