Monday, October 29, 2012

A great Halloween movie

A couple of nights ago Brian and I watched the 1944 version of The Canterville Ghost. That is probably the best spook story I've ever seen, and it's one that I'd definitely recommend. If you don't like to be scared out of your wits (like me), this is the Halloween movie for you.

Margaret O'Brian is the child actress in this charming black and white movie. She is so cute! And who can't help but love the humor in those old movies? They just don't make movies like that anymore. :(

I posted the trailer below to give you a taste of what it's like.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuna sandwich filling

Sometimes I get bored with plain old tuna sandwiches. I like to add lots and lots of veggies, onions, pickles, etc. So when I saw this recipe, I was pretty interested. I found this recipe in the Set for Life cookbook, and I modified it to meet my tastes. I also used plain yogurt instead of Miracle Whip or mayonnaise. This is the first time I've tried using yogurt for something like this. It tastes great! I don't like Miracle Whip, and mayonnaise can be so fattening, so it's nice to have found a good alternative.

I ate this sandwich filling in some of my whole wheat homemade pita bread. It was so good! :)

Tuna Sandwich Filling

1 5-oz can tuna
2 c. lettuce, chopped
1-2 stalks of celery, chopped fine
1 tomato, diced
2 dill pickle spears, diced
1/4-1/3 c. nonfat yogurt

Mix ingredients together and serve on whole wheat bread, tortillas or pitas. Yum!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Simple chili con carne

Cold weather is around the corner. Actually, here in Idaho it's already here. My garden is frozen, and leaves are falling everywhere. It's good time for thick soups, stews, chilis, etc.

This is a chili I've made for years. It's really simple and healthy. I like to serve it with shredded cheese, lettuce, green onions, tomatoes and olives on top. Mmmm!

Simple Chili Con Carne

1/2 lb lean hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
2 c. canned tomatoes
2 15-oz cans kidney, pinto or black beans
1 6-oz can tomato paste
1/4 c. water
1 T. chili powder
1 bay leaf

Brown hamburger, onion and pepper. Drain. Add remaining ingredients and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Makes: 6 servings

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Savory Goulash

I've only made this a couple of times, but I find that it's pretty well liked. I found an article about goulash on Wikipedia. Apparently it originated in Hungary. This is probably an American version.

Savory Goulash

2 c. uncooked noodles
1/2 lb lean hamburger
1 onion, chopped
2 c. chopped celery
2 c. cooked tomatoes
2 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 t. salt
dash of pepper

Cook noodles in boiling water. Be sure to undercook them a little. Meanwhile, brown the meat, onion and celery together. Drain noodles and meat well. Add noodles and remaining ingredients to the meat. Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.