Saturday, March 21, 2015

Peanut Butter, Cream & Grape Juice Popsicles

I found something to do with my failed Whipped Topping.

After successfully making Peanut Butter and Yogurt Popsicles, I got the idea to use that failed topping and make peanut butter & cream popsicles. Then, I got the idea to add grape juice.

These are approximate estimates.

2 Tblspns Creamy peanut butter
2 cups cream or milk
1/3 cup grape juice

In a bowl, mix the ingredients. Mash peanut butter with a spoon against the edge of the bowl to mix it with the milk and juice. Continue to stir until mixture is fairly smooth.

The mixture will be like a soup.

Pour mixture into popsicle tray. Insert popsicle sticks or handles, or pour mixture into several small freezer containers with lids.

Freeze for 6-8 hours.

While these popsicles taste good, in the future, I think I will reduce the amount of cream and increase the amount of grape juice. Also, I will probably experiment with other mixtures and flavors.

Friday, March 20, 2015

It's Been a Month of Leftovers and Only One New Recipe - Easy Canned Oyster Sliders with Coleslaw

While I tried several recipes, most need a redo. But, I really enjoyed using three cheeses: mozzarella, feta, and parmesan together in many ways.

Been living off of a variety of leftovers and making quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches, wedge & chicken salads, potatoes, meatballs, sliders, chicken soup, rice, cabbage, breakfast & desserts, and experimenting with freezing items, and more. See list below.

  • Peanut butter and apple slices
  • Three-cheeses & mushrooms

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Three cheeses & tomato
  • Three cheeses & mushrooms
  • Three cheeses & avocado slices

Wedge Salads
  • Topped three cheeses, grated carrot, sliced olives, avocado slices, tomato slices, onion slices
  • Topped with leftover shrimp in sauce
  • with a mustard vinaigrette
  • with cucumber-yogurt dressing

  • Baked potato
  • Potato cakes

  • with pasta

Meatballs came out good but I want to redo the recipe.

  • Canned oyster sliders with coleslaw (See recipe below.)
  • Meatball sliders

Slaw & Chicken Salad
  • Chicken salad with rice, lettuce, tomato, grated carrot, diced onion, olives, & cucumber-yogurt dressing. Used frozen diced chicken.
  • Coleslaw

Cucumber-yogurt dressing is good but needs work.

Chicken Soup

Made enough for 9 servings but recipe needs a redo.

Spanish Rice
  • Spanish rice and beans
  • Spanish rice, beans and fried egg

Fried Cabbage and Noodles
  • Plain
  • Topped with leftover carryout shrimp dish

Breakfast and Desserts
  • Apple Betty - failed but gave me an idea for making candy
  • Breakfast Banana Split: Banana, oatmeal, yogurt with nuts & honey
  • PB & yogurt popsicles
  • Whipped topping -- failed
PB & yogurt popsicles came out good but because I made multiple adjustments, I lost track of them, needs a redo.

  • Freezing cabbage
  • Freezing chicken

Tried defrosted chicken in chicken salad. It was good but maybe would be better heated up a bit.
Blanched and froze 1/4 cabbage and now the....

Freezer is full.

Easy Canned Oyster Sliders with Coleslaw Recipe
Make coleslaw (see recipe in RKFNC)
1 can cooked oysters
4 small rolls

In a skillet, add oysters from can and cook away liquid.
Add spoonfuls of coleslaw onto rolls.
Add oysters.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 27, 2015 Book Signing Cancelled

This event has been cancelled.

Future signings and readings will be posted soon.

Thanks for your interest.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Signing - Gina's Dream / El Sueño de Gina -- Cancelled

So Sorry, this event has been cancelled.
Future readings and listed will be posted soon.

Watch for more of Ria Stone's
Book Tour dates in April 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Options for Buying Gina's Dream/El Sueño de Gina (Dual Language Book) -- POD or eBook

Two difficulties presented themselves when I began to market Gina's Dream/El Sueño de Gina, a dual language book, I found that does not ship physical books or support PODs and if you live outside the United States shipping charges and delivery times can be a deterrent. In addition, Gina's Dream/El Sueño de Gina the eBook is not listed on yet.

Where to find Gina's Dream/El Sueño de Gina:
Partial list of outlets available. -- POD only
(not listed under author, Ria Stone, search by title)

Check international shipping charges and delivery times.

Barnes & Noble -- eBook and POD

Check international shipping charges and delivery times.

The Write Place -- eBook and POD

Generally, ships within the United States. Check regarding international shipping options.

Check international shipping charges and delivery times.

BooksAmillion -- POD Only

Surprisingly, prices vary on each site.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Grilled Mayo & Cheese with Tomato

Grilled Mayo & Cheese with Tomato

Using mayonnaise (Mayo) as a cooking "oil" is not only tasty but it burns slower, giving the cook more time to brown the bread rather than burn it.


Two slices or multi-grain loaf or other loaf
1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
2-3 tablespoons grated mozzarella cheese or other cheese
2-3 slices of tomato
Mayo as needed
Black pepper to taste


Grate cheese into a bowl.
Add Parmesan cheese.
Add black pepper.
Stir cheeses and pepper together.

Black Pepper & Tomato not shown.

Spread mayo on one slice of bread.
Place the slice mayo side down in a skillet.
Using a tablespoon, top bread with cheese mixture. Spread mixture to edges of bread.
Add tomato slices on top of cheese.
Spread second bread slice with mayo.
Place slice mayo side up on top.

Cook on medium-high about 1-2 minutes on each side until bread is brown.

Transfer to plate, cut in half.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Tightwad Meal Planning for One (or Two) & Monthly Grocery List

As a single person and a non-cook, I find meal planning  almost impossible. Entertaining is a whole other ball game.

Because I only go grocery shopping once a month, I stock many standards like tuna fish, cheese, onions, potatoes, etc. (See grocery list below.)

Perishables are a challenge. Shelf Life Advice recommends: "...keeping leftovers...about 3-4 days, but some foods last a little longer."

I am exploring which foods freeze the best. I am not ready to make an investment of time and money to can or pickle foods.

Because I try to make a new recipe as often as possible, I have lots of leftovers. I am often guided more by what needs to be used now.

In the frig are a serving of noodle soup, a leftover baked potato, two portions of green salad, a meatloaf, remains of whole roasted chicken, 7 eggs, half a loaf of hard bread, half a loaf of sliced multi-grain bread, 1 opened pkg of chunk mozzarella cheese, 1 tomato, 2 potatoes, 2 small red onions, 7 half stalks of celery, 1 pkg turkey lunchmeat, a bit of peas and other items.

I find potatoes very versatile, plus they keep longer then other vegetables. I microwave them whole or in casseroles, fry them, boil them, and use them in a variety of dishes. So, I made potato pancakes using the leftover baked potato, first.

Then, I tackled the roasted chicken.

Without an oven, I occasionally buy a whole roasted chicken. The roasted chicken had already provided three meals, I deboned the remainder (2 breasts, neck and thigh) and diced the meat. I used one of the green salads and topped it with one portion of diced chicken, saved another portion of diced chicken to make chicken salad, froze a third portion to make chicken soup, and froze the bones to make chicken stock.

I am gradually learning to balance making new dishes and rehabbing leftovers to avoid spoilage. For example, because I make alot of fruit spritzers using a small amount of juice, a container of juice can go bad, so I freeze the juice in ice cube trays to make sure I don’t waste juice to spoilage. Later, I put one or two juice cubes in a glass and add club soda to make more juice spritzers.

When I buy a loaf of bread, I wrap half of it in another bag and freeze it, again to avoid spoilage.

Now, the freezer is full.

So, breakfast was potato pancakes. Lunch was salad with diced chicken. Don’t know what will be for dinner but my guess is it will involve leftovers.

Recent successful tightwad tactic:

Poured a dollop of vinegar into an almost empty mustard jar, closed with the lid, shook vigorously to capture the mustard remains, and saved the liquid as a vinaigrette dressing.

Monthly Grocery List

I don’t buy everything on this list at one time. I buy various items over time and store them. Then, when I go shopping, I buy items I need to replenish or items needed for recipes I am planning to make.

For planned recipes:
Wax paper/plastic wrap

Spices I have:
Garlic powder
Black peppercorns

Spices I need:
Caraway seeds
Coconut milk

Toilet paper
Dish soap, liquid
Laundry soap, liquid, sensitive
Trash bags
Quart or larger resealable food storage bags

Cranberry juice
Orange juice (calcium)
Apple juice
Grape juice, white/red
Jamaica, concentrate
Horchata, concentrate
Lime juice, concentrate

Cocoa Milk powder mix
Ensure mineral/vitamin Choc powdered drink mix
Tea bags
Instant coffee

Club soda
Tonic water
Ginger ale

Bread loaf
Flour tortillas

Olive oil

Peanut butter
Ranch salad dressing
Chili sauce
BBQ sauce
Tomato sauce
Salsa, canned

Baking powder

Pasta, various
Beans, black, refried, red, canned
Beans, garbanzo, white, dry
Mushrooms, canned

Iceberg lettuce
Green peppers or red peppers
Potatoes, white, yams

Figs (calcium)
Blueberries (frozen)
Fruit, canned, pineapple, peach, mixed

Oysters, canned
Salmon, canned, fresh, frozen?
Tuna fish, canned
Spam, canned

Fried plantains
Mini cakes

There are three tiendas (mom and pop convenience stores near me). I pick up bread, fresh vegetables & fruit, milk, soda, etc. if needed.