1 lg clove garlic, crushed
¼ c diced pimentos
2 c Sharp white cheddar, coarsely grated
1 c Sharp yellow cheddar, coarsely grated
⅓ c Greek yogurt
sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
2 ”Flatout” 6 x 11 flatbreads
4 slices Applewood smoked bacon, crispy pieces
1 c Baby spinach (optional)
Adult Pimento Cheese:
1. Combine garlic, pimentos (with liquid) & cheeses
2. Stir in yogurt, salt & peppers, to taste
1. Preheat broiler
2. Spread 1 c+ pimento cheese, top with crispy bacon pieces
3. Broil 2-3 minutes, until melted & golden
4. Enjoy with or without fresh spinach topping
Note: use high quality cheddar cheeses
- First, get their attention
- Telling people what to do doesn’t work, showing them does
- Make them feel something
- When nothing else works, distract
- Tell them why
The New Year is coming…great time for tackling “difficultness”…practice on you!
2 T butter
1 med onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 T fresh sage leaves, chopped
2 c pumpkin, canned or fresh, puréed
3 c vegetable stock
½ c evaporated milk
Stockpot Over Medium Heat
- Melt butter; sauté onion, carrot, apple & sage 8-10 min
- Purée above mixture with pumpkin in processor or blender
- Return purée to stockpot, add stock & simmer 15 min
- Add milk and simmer 5 min
- s&p to taste
- Garnish with pepita seeds &fresh sage
Things move fast in the kitchen, and when the day is done, things move fast…out.
This article came advertised as “how to communicate in two words.” I’m thinking…this could be a good thing in a place where there’s not much extra time!
“Words are tools of influence. At the beginning, you say things you need to say. As time passes, you learn to say what others need to hear.”
Two words can..
deflate (“you lose”)
prompt action (“what’s next”)
help when things go wrong (“forgive me”, or “it happens”)
compliment when things go right (“love it”)
challenge (“try again”)
As we hustle and bustle in our ever-busy work and personal lives:
- Speak to make things better.
- Be courteous (or…kind, positive and gracious). Good manners matter most when you feel like ignoring them!
Twice in less than four weeks a quote from Mr. Franklin has been a source of inspiration. At MG’s Foodie QA meeting last month (thank you team Hollins for graciously hosting us!) we started our day with this: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” A great reminder that when we include and engage one another, we can…and do…accomplish so much more.
¼ c olive oil
½ c ea celery, carrots & onion, finely diced
6 lb fresh mushrooms, quartered
4 t fresh garlic, minced
3 15.5 oz cans garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
28 oz canned diced tomatoes, with juice
1 t ea crushed red pepper, dried thyme leaves, ground coriander
3 bay leaves
24 oz tomato sauce
3 ½ c water
1 lb kale, stemmed, cut in ½” strips
In Medium Stock Pot
1. Heat olive oil on medium
2. Add celery, carrots, onion & mushrooms; cook, stirring 6 min. Add garlic, cook 1 min
3. Stir in garbanzo beans, diced tomatoes & spices. Cook 2 min
4. Add tomato sauce & water. Simmer 20 min
5. Add kale, simmer another 10 min
6. Remove bay leaves
7. Sprinkle each serving with parmesan
*Can sub swiss chard for kale
That’s the core value that maybe makes your eyes roll this time of year. Seriously, “how CAN I get it all done!!?”, “…and still have time for my _____?!”, <–fill in that blank with whatever means the most to you.
Planning for your personal time can make you much more productive and focused at work.
Eric Barker offers a few tips on how you can get tons of stuff accomplished during the week, feel less stressed and even have more fun on your days off. See his article: How The Most Successful People Manage Their Time. Have you set your personal WIGS (Wildly Important Goals)? It helps to start there, and approach your personal wellness and balance with the same time management expertise you’ve mastered at work! Use your mornings to score tremendous victories for yourself and set the tone for your day.
Do a time log. See how long things take and when your best windows are.
Plan the whole week. Focus on your core competency and what makes you happy.
Have a morning ritual that gets you closer to your long term goals.
Set 3-5 anchor events for the weekend.
Plan something fun for Sunday night.
“The best morning rituals are activities that don’t have to happen and certainly don’t have to happen at a specific hour. These are activities that require internal motivation… The best morning rituals are activities that, when practiced regularly, result in long-term benefits.”- Laura Vanderkam
2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, 1” cubes
1 T olive oil
1t. ea s&p
1c part skim ricotta
3½ c skim milk
4t fresh thyme & sage, finely chopped
9oz lasagna sheets, no boil
2c part skim mozzarella
½c grated parmesan
1. Cook squash, oil, water, s&p in microwave covered, 10-15 min
2. Purée squash in processor or blender. Remove & mix with ricotta. Set aside
1. Melt butter, add flour, cook 1 min
2. Whisk in milk, bring to boil, reduce
& simmer 5 min until thick
3. Stir in seasonings
Assemble in well sprayed 11×14 casserole
1. ⅓ sauce, ⅓ sheets, ⅓ squash pureé, ⅓ c mozzarella
2. Repeat 2 more layers
3. Cover with foil, bake on 375°F @ 40 min
4. Remove foil, top with remaining mozzarella & parmesan
5. Bake for 15 more min