Recipe – 7 Layer Dip from Eating Light

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Here’s a slimmed down recipe for 7 Layer Dip, courtesy of Eating Light.

7 Layer Dip

100 Calories per serving (makes 12 appetizer servings)
Total time: 25 minutes

1 lb. plum tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped

1 green onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

½ jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Salt and pepper

1 tsp. canola oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

½ tsp. no-salt-added chili powder

1 can (15 oz.) no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained

1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and peeled

2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed

1 large red bell pepper, finely chopped

4 oz. reduced-fat sour cream

1 ½ oz. low-fat Cheddar cheese, shredded

Baked tortilla chips (optional)

 

1)      In large bowl, combine tomatoes, green onion, garlic, jalapeno, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1.4 teaspoon salt.

2)      In 8-inch skillet on medium, heat oil. Add onion; cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden, stirring. Add chili powder; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; add beans, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Mash until almost smooth.

3)      In bowl, with fork, mash avocado, cilantro, remaining lime juice, and 1/8 teaspoon salt until almost smooth.

4)      In 1 ½ quart straight-sided bowl, spread bean mixture in even layer. Top with corn and bell pepper. Spread sour cream and then salsa over vegetables. Dollop avocado mixture over salsa; spread into even layer. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

** This 7 Layer Dip Recipe is courtesy of Eating Light, which features recipes from Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Country Living and Woman’s Day, all with no more than 400 calories. Get the latest edition at your local  supermarket or bookstore today, or buy a digital version at Zinio.com or bn.com

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Things We Love – Silver Linings Shoe Liners

You know those favorite pair of shoes that you love to wear without socks…because it’s springtime for heaven’s sake, and it feels so, so good to go sockless? But there are times – and there are shoes – that really shouldn’t be worn without socks because, for whatever reason, they start to smell awful.

There’s help for that.

Silver Linings Odor Absorbing Shoe Liners (3 Pairs) - Beige/Nude

Silver Linings are ultra-thin, odor absorbing shoe liners designed for women who wear shoes without socks. They are infused with a silver-based technology that prevents bacterial odor. This specific technology is also EPA-registered and environmentally friendly. Silver Linings keep feet fresh and odor-free while preserving the life of flats and heels. Unlike traditional insoles, Silver Linings are ultra-thin (~1mm) and barely noticeable when worn.

The price on these at Buy.com is just $16 for 3 pairs, and you can get Buy.com coupons here. So get some, and enjoy your socklessness!

Classic Easter and Passover Recipes to Celebrate Family Tradition

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The smell of Easter ham, the excitement of eating Matzo Haystacks and the joy of spending time with families is what many of us look forward to as Easter and Passover arrive.

Here are a few quick and easy Easter and Passover recipes you can make for (and with) your loved ones this holiday, courtesy of our friends at Grandparents.com.

Whether you’ve whipped up many family favorites over the years, or are looking forward to starting a tradition today, these holiday favorites are sure to spread the joy.

EASTER MEALS

Easter Bread (Gurrugulo)

 

From Cooking with Nonna, the Web series featuring Italian grandmas who pass on their family’s most treasured recipes, comes this colorful, sweet, braided bread that is a European Easter tradition. Don’t worry about adding raw whole eggs: They cook completely while the bread bakes, and make for an excellent presentation.

Ingredients:
1 pound (slightly more than 3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
9 large eggs, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 lemon, zested
Colored sprinkles

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, 4 eggs, sugar, olive oil, baking powder, and lemon zest. Mix until it becomes a dough.

2. Cut the mix into four equal parts (one for each Gurrugulo). Reserve two thin 6-inch strips for each Gurrugulo. Take one part, divide it again into three equal parts and roll each part into a strip about 1/2 inch thick.

3. Take the three strips, unite them at one end, and slowly and carefully braid them until the very end. Unite the two ends.  Where the ends meet, place an egg. Roll the two thin strips of the mix and place them over the egg in a cross fashion. The strips will hold the egg down. During the braiding process, if the strips are too soft or too sticky, add some flour to facilitate the process. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, until four Gurrugulo are made.

4. Beat the remaining egg and, with your finger, wet the entire surface of each Gurrugulo with the beaten egg. Add sprinkles and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Makes 4 Gurrugulos

Easter Wheat Pie (Pastiera Napoletana di Grano)

 

 

Sometimes called Easter Grain Pie, this Italian dish is a holiday tradition, especially in the southern part of the country. The wheat-based crust is symbolic of springtime, and is filled with a sweet ricotta before it’s baked. From the online series Cooking With Nonna, this version includes small pieces of candied fruit, sure to appeal to kids.

For the Filling:
1/2 pound wheat berries or hulled wheat (from soft wheat)
8 large eggs, separated
3 pounds ricotta cheese
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Candied fruit pieces (optional)

For the Pastry Dough:
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
6 large eggs
Pinch salt
1 lemon, zested
5 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Directions:
To prepare wheat for the filling:
Rinse hulled wheat with water and place in a large bowl. Add enough cold water to cover and let soak overnight in the refrigerator. Drain the wheat and place in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Cool completely for use in the recipe.

1. In a large bowl, beat 8 egg yolks. (Set egg whites aside in a separate bowl for later.) Add ricotta, wheat, and sugar. Mix until well incorporated. Add vanilla and candied fruit pieces and mix well. Beat egg whites until fluffy and foamy and fold into ricotta mixture.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, 6 eggs, pinch of salt, and lemon zest. Knead until a dough is formed.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking pans with shortening and set aside. Cut a piece of the dough, according to the size of the pan, and roll it out with a rolling pin. The dough should not be too thick. Lay dough into the greased baking pan. Fill the pan with the ricotta mixture.

4. For the top crust, cut another smaller piece of dough and roll very thin. Cut this into strips and place across top of pie, in a criss-cross pattern. Press the dough edges together with a fork, like a pie.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Serves 6

 

Easter Calzone (Scalcione di Cipolle)

 

Filled with briny olives and zippy scallions, this authentic Italian calzone comes from Cooking with Nonna, an online series featuring real Italian grandmas sharing their most beloved recipes. This is a twist on a traditional calzone, which is essentially pizza folded into a turnover, and packed with a variety of fillings. They’re best served straight from the oven, though be sure to let the insides cool just a little.

Instructions:

For the filling:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 bunches scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
1 cup chopped Kalamata or Gaeta olives
Red pepper flakes
Salt
1/4 cup chopped anchovy fillets

For the dough:
1 pound all-purpose flour
1 cup lukewarm white wine
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing
Pinch salt

Directions:
1. In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium heat. Add scallions, wine, tomatoes, olives, and hot pepper and salt, to taste. Saute for about 15 minutes. Remove from stove, drain, and cool completely. Set aside.

2. To make the dough, combine flour, wine, 1/4 cup olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Knead together until a dough is formed.

3. Cut the dough in half. Flatten one half into a thin, round sheet large enough to cover the bottom of a 16-inch baking pan. Apply a very thin film of olive oil to the pan. Position the dough in the pan and spread the scallion mixture uniformly on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Spread the anchovies over the scallions.

3. Take the other half of the dough and flatten it with the rolling pin into a round sheet that you will use to cover the scallions. Place the dough over the scallions, cutting off any excess around the edges. With a fork, seal the two sheets of dough together.

4. With your fingers, apply a thin film of olive oil over the entire surface of the scalcione. Then, with a fork, puncture the surface every 2 inches. Bake for 60 minutes at 400 degrees F.

Serves 8


PASSOVER MEALS

Homemade Passover Noodles

 

This is a unique recipe passed down through generations and is rarely made by modern kosher cooks. Store-bought noodles do not hold a candle to the homemade noodles’ taste and texture. Sally Levine says the recipe connects her to her ancestry: Her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all made these noodles from slices of potato-starch crepes.

 

The dish calls for two “bubby cups” of potato starch, meaning a full, rounded cup. Levine makes the dish on “regular” nights, too, filling the cups with cooked chicken left over from a big pot of traditional chicken soup. Share the noodle “ends” with the grandkids as Levine does with hers.

10 eggs
1 full, rounded “bubby cup” of potato starch
1 teaspoon of salt
2 full cups cold water
Vegetable oil for frying

1. In a large shallow bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients.

2. Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a 9 inch frying pan over medium-high heat. Using a half measure of a 4-ounce soup ladle per crepe, pour the mixture into the frying pan, using the handle to angle the pan’s base so that the entire batter covers the frying surface.

3. When the crepe starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, lift it up slowly with a spatula and flip it. Do not overbrown. These fry up quickly, so keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

4. Transfer cooked crepe to a plate.

5. Remix the batter well prior to pouring each crêpe, as the starch tends to settle at the bottom of the mixture. Before pouring the batter for each crêpe add 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the pan. Reheat the pan and repeat cooking process.

6. Stack the crepes on the plate as they are cooked.

7. Refrigerate overnight if using the crepes as noodles. When ready to serve, take 2 or 3 noodles at a time, roll them up tightly like a cigar, cut them into one-inch-wide segments, and add them to a pot of your favorite chicken broth. Don’t forget to give the ends of the noodles to your little ones to eat! If serving as filled crepes, serve at room temperature.

Yield: Makes about 22 crepes.
Matzo Brei

From our feature Sharing the Seder: What would Passover be without matzoh brei for breakfast? Adapted from The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen by Joan Nathan (Schocken, 2000).

Ingredients:
3 matzos
2 large eggs
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) margarine

Equipment:
Measuring spoons
Mixing bowl
Paper towels
Fork or wire whisk
Spoon
Frying pan
Metal spatula

1. Lil’ Line Cook or Sous chef-in-training: Break up the matzo and put in lukewarm water for a few minutes. Drain on paper towels and squeeze dry.

2. Beat the eggs. Mix them well with the salt, honey, cinnamon, and the matzo.

3. Sous-chef-in-training or adult helper: Heat the margarine in the frying pan. Fry 2 tablespoons of batter at a time, patting the center down a bit. Turn over and fry until golden. Eat as is, or with additional honey.

 

Pecan Cookies

From our feature A Well-Rounded Table: This recipe, from Inez Schwartz, is adapted fromCooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes From the Rabinowitz Family by Judy Bart Kancigor (Workman, 2007). Kancigor writes, “Hard to believe that with no added fat, these crisp cookies from cousin Marilyn’s sister-in-law taste so buttery, like butterscotch crisp.”

Parchment paper or vegetable cooking spray, for the baking sheet
2 cups pecans, plus about 3 dozen pecan halves for topping the cookies
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
White of 1 large egg
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or generously grease it.

2. Combine the 2 cups pecans and 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar in a food processor, and process until the nuts are finely chopped.

3. Combine the chopped pecans, remaining brown sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add the egg white (unbeaten) and lemon juice, and stir until thoroughly combined. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the mixture, about 1 1/2 inches apart, on the prepared baking sheet. Press a pecan half into each cookie.

4. Bake on the center oven rack until the cookies are golden brown, 8 to 11 minutes. Watch the bottoms, as they burn easily. Let the cookies cool on a baking sheet set on a wire rack until they can be safely moved, 1 to 2 minutes. Then transfer them to the rack to cool completely.

5. Repeat, baking and cooling the remaining cookies, and serve.

Yield: Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

About Grandparents.com:
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You might also enjoy these Easter Recipes at Momscape, too!
Coconut Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Creamy Homemade Au Gratin Potatoes
Orange Glazed Ham
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roasted Red Potatoes
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
Honey and Lime Carrots
Honey Sweet Potato Mash
Easter Brownie Cupcakes
Easter Ice Cream Nests (A perfect kid-friendly desert – guaranteed to be a hit!)

5 Things that Make a Pet Owner’s Life Easier (and More Fun)

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We love our dogs. Life just wouldn’t be the same without them (but it might be a little simpler and less smelly.)

So today, we’re spotlighting a few things that make a pet owner’s life a little easier…

Tagg - the pet tracker
Tagg- The Pet Tracker

The stylish, lightweight Tagg tracker secures to your pet’s existing collar and uses advanced GPS and wireless technology to track your pet. If your pet escapes and leaves the designated Tagg zone, the system alerts you via text and email so you can quickly find him using a map on your mobile device or computer.

You can also receive these alerts and track your pet on your iPhone or Android smartphone using the Tagg app.

Available online from Camping World.

 

YardPup Ultimate Poop Scoop SE-301
YardPup Ultimate Poop Scoop SE-301

When doody calls, you need to keep your puppy’s yard clean, tidy and sanitary.

The YardPup is designed to hold open standard grocery store or tall kitchen bags while the “Little Paw” helps you scoop or scrape the doggie doo into the bag. The Little Paw is specially designed to work on all surfaces (grass, mulch, rock beds, and patios) as a 4-in-1 rake, scraper, chipper and flipper in any climate, including ice and snow. Bag attachment is quick, clean and easy with the help of our patented bungie-in-track method of holding the bag on the frame. No more bending, stooping or touching the yuck with your hands. When a bag is full, just take it off, tie it up and toss it out! Re-load a new bag and go back for more. The perfect gift for every dog owner.

Available online at HomeDepot.com

 



Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap - Brown
Sureflap Microchip Cat Flap

The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap uses your cat’s existing identification microchip as and electronic door key, allowing access to your pet and making unwanted visitors a thing of the past.

The Microchip Cat Flap is suitable for small and medium sized cats and can be installed in doors, windows or walls with the appropriate mounting accessories.

Available online at Sears.com (Sears Coupon Codes are here.)

 

101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog: Make Your Dog a Superdog with Sports, Games, Exercises, Tricks, Mental Challenges, Crafts, and Bonding
101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog: Make Your Dog a Superdog with Sports, Games, Exercises, Tricks, Mental Challenges, Crafts, and Bonding

Play, jump, drive, pull, help, or just soak up the limelight—101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog builds confidence and jump starts the bonding process between dog and owner. You will never have a bored, rainy day again!

See happy dogs and their owners participating in a wide range of activities together, and bringing joy to others, and you, too, will be inspired to find new things to do with your beloved dog.

You may have heard of agility, search & rescue, or thought, “My dog should be on TV!” With our busy schedules and demands on our time, we can’t always convert our dreams into reality.

With 101 Ways to Do More with Your Dog, you have 101 easy ways to get inspired to, well, do more with your dog.. For each activity, you ll learn the best type of dog for different activities, how to get started, and where to find governing organizations. Then, you go one step further: enjoy the visual, step-by-step instruction on how to teach your dog the basics. That way, you can try the sport out on your own at home, without the commitment of signing up for a class. And if you DO decide that this is an activity that you’d like to pursue, you can go into a class with confidence!

Activities for you and your dog include:
-Volleyball
-Jump Rope -
Scent Work
-Sledding
-How to work with hearing-impaired dogs
-Becoming a therapy dog, an animal actor, a dog blood donor, and much more!

Available online from Amazon.com

And, finally, here’s an idea we absolutely love:

 

DogVacay.com
For those of us who really don’t want to leave the dogs at a kennel (and don’t want to trouble friends and family with dogsitting), there’s a new alternative.

Dog Vacay, is a new site designed to help you find a local home for your dog while you’re away by matching dogs with quality, trustworthy home-based dog boarding. The online community is free to use and matches dog owners in need of pet-care services with qualified animal caregivers, all at a cost of half the average kennel stay.

If you take your dog along on trips, you can also use the Dog Vacay service to find dogsitter or host homes in cities that you’re visiting.

Dog owners will experience the peace of mind that comes with pre-qualified hosts, daily photo updates, 24/7 support, vet care, and the Dog Vacay Concierge who can set up massages and other goodies as well as insurance coverage.

Learn more about DogVacay.com

Free Subscription – Baby Talk Magazine

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For a limited time, you can get a free subscription to Baby Talk Magazine through this link.  (I’m not sure how long this deal might last.)

Read Momscape’s article How to Score Free and Discounted Items for Babies for more deals and free stuffs for new moms.

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