It’s been another busy week so thought as it’s leading up to a holiday weekend I’d combine this week’s recipe and article together. This time it’s sites and information I’ve had stored and bookmarked but never seem to find room in the newsletters to share it with you.
New Items at Target
A PR company sent with some information about the new products Target is offering called Kitchen Basics with Giada De Laurentiis. It’s a selection of items like Basil Pesto and Herb and Lemon Dipping Oil, these two items cost just $2.99 and sound perfect for summer grilling season. I haven’t tried them yet but I’m guessing they’ll make great gifts for the holidays too.
I’ve been installing new sod in the garden which means extra watering. Here’s a site offering tips on how to save on water inside and outside the house.
One Stop Shopping
I found this site which has some links to deals, coupons, you name it-
Sites for Coupons
Food prices are still on the rise which means coupons are a necessity when you head to the store. Here are some sites I found with lots of coupons and links to more.
Crazy Coupon Lady
Just the other day someone asked me if I’d heard about the Crazy Coupon Lady. I know the media’s been focusing on people who go to extremes with coupons and thought this might be another one of those stories but it’s actually a wonderful site you should check out (crazy is spelled with a K). I now have it bookmarked and intend to visit daily.
One of my guilty pleasures is chocolate chip cookies and I found this today, no more excuses for making mediocre ones.
Starting a Business?
I know lots of people are opting to start business when they lose their jobs and one hurdle is getting a loan. One requirement you need is a great business plan to show a bank or lender. This site has lots of resources for helping you put one together.
Best Cleaning Products
I found this article yesterday on the Web. Nice to see some bargain priced items made the list-
This Week’s Recipe- Parmesan and Blue Cheese Risotto Stuffed Tomatoes
I made this recipe for the first time last year. A couple of weeks ago I found some oversized tomatoes and decided to make it again. Once again it’s a recipe you can make using items sitting in the pantry, in this case rice, cheese, onions, stock. The blue cheese gives this dish a nice flavor and you can serve it as a main dish or with fish or chicken. If you serve it on its own I suggest pairing it with some Italian bread. Serves 4
8 medium tomatoes or 4 large ones
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup Arborio rice
2 cups boiling chicken stock
1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup of crumbled blue cheese
Salt and pepper
more parmesan cheese and some breadcrumbs for topping
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Cut the tops off the tomatoes and remove seeds and core. Put the tomatoes into the baking dish.
Heat butter in a skillet and saute chopped onion. Add the rice and stir together. Slowly add the stock…about 1/2 cup at a time until it evaporates and then add the next 1/2 cup.
Cook and stir until rice is tender…about 15 minutes. Stir in cheeses and salt and pepper make sure everything is melted. Put the rice mixture into each tomato and dust with some more cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.