Post by Ed Pawlowski Post by US Janet
Rigatoni cooked al dente.
3/4 large jar of Ragu poured over pasta
Costco frozen meatball tossed on top (as many as you like)
Mozzarella cubed tossed on top (as much as you like
Run a spatula through the ingredients a couple of times to mix and
distribute meatballs and cheese.
Pour the rest of the Ragu over the top.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese what ever kind you have
350F for about 25-30 minutes
Smells good, tastes good.
Canned pears for dessert
I take short cuts whenever I can because my back and knee just won't
allow me to stand very long. I've been cleaning house today and quick
and easy is best.
House cleaning requires a lot more physical effort than cooking...
it's easy to prepare food from sitting in a chair. You'd be wise to
get yourself a comfortable sturdy stool on casters... most kitchen
work requires constant moving about retrieving items and then putting
them back, much less effort from a stool on casters. Get one with
adjustable height. And get one of those grab sticks for retrieving
items from high/low shelves, saves a lot of reaching/bending... we
have four of those grab sticks, one at each end of the house, and one
in each tractor for picking up trash without climbing in and out...
everywhere there are people who toss trash, cans, bottles from car
windows. I already have all the ingredients, cans/seasonings lined up
on a kitchen counter for cooking tomorrow. Oftentimes people with
handicaps are their own worst enemies. Ever since I took that fall at
Easter time both my ankles are still sore and the wounds are taking a
long time to heal. I find kitchen work more debilitating now so I
plan things so I don't need to stand much... sitting at the kitchen
counter by the sink prepping veggies, etc. saves a lot of standing.
Walking is not nearly as bad as standing... I'm very glad I installed
heavy duty SS grab bars in the tub for showering. I installed them
for my wife when she had her double knee replacement, and now I use
them, a lot safer. I think grab bars in the bathing area need to be
in the building code.
Post by Ed Pawlowski
No matter how good your cooking skills are, sometimes simple is best.
Those with good cooking skills make complex cooking simple. I always
use a pad and pencil to make notes as I think of things, even days
before... saves a lot of steps. I learned that trick from childhood,
I grew up in a two story house, all tasks were a lot easier with
written notes and I learned to never go up or down the stairs empty
handed. Even now I keep a basket at the top and bottom of the
Post by Ed Pawlowski
I roasted three chicken thighs Saturday. Had the second on Sunday, the
third today with the same mashed potatoes and a salad.
My house was cleaned too, but I just watched.
Not sure about tomorrow yet, I'll check out the freezer. Don't want to
make anything with leftovers. Thursday and Friday are all set. Turkey
next door and bring home some leftovers.
Were I living alone I wouldn't buy a turkey, I'd buy a couple three
turkey drumsticks, easy/fast to grill on the Weber and my favorite
part of the bird. The Weber is great for grilling all kinds of food,
especially veggies. I've already used it for baking corn muffins...
uses half the propane of the oven in the kitchen stove.
At 6 AM this morning it was 17º outside, now at 10:43 AM it's 50º
outside, clear blue sky and sunny.