Archive for February, 2016


Oscar Cookies 2016

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This year’s Oscar cookies include Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, etc. Eleni’s Of New York, creates these every year.

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Matthew Rhys, star of the FX drama “The Americans” is one of the nicest guys around. He has a copy of my new children’s picture book, “Cooking With Mr. C.” Here’s how you can get your copy.

https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens-books/cooking-with-mr-c/

http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Mr-C-John-Contratti/dp/1631772589

Watch the season premiere of “The Americans” on March 16 on FX.

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Put a book in a basket this Easter. Put my new children’s picture book, “Cooking With Mr. C.” Just click one of the links to get your copy today.

https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens-books/cooking-with-mr-c/

http://www.amazon.com/Cooking-Mr-C-John-Contratti/dp/1631772589

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Have You “Liked” “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook?

Ingredients:
1 lb. bag cheese tortellini (frozen or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach (chopped)
2 cups. chopped plum tomatoes
1/2 cup kalamata olives
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. Boil tortellini (follow instructions on bag). Drain well and set aside.
2. In a large skillet put olive oil and brown garlic. Add tomatoes and stir for about 2 minutes. Add spinach and stir until tender. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper. Remove and add to tortellini. Put olives on top.
Serve warm.

Basil Flank Steak

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Ingredients:
2 lb. piece flank steak (thinly sliced)
1 lb. mushrooms (washed/sliced)
1/2 lb. carrots (sliced thin)
3 tbs. basil (chopped)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3 tbs. olive oil
4 tbs. sesame oil
2 tsp. sea salt
Directions:
1. In a large skillet, add olive oil and garlic. Brown garlic and then add flank steak. Add 1tsp. sea salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. When cooked, remove and put to the side, covered.
2. In the same skillet, add 3 tbs. sesame oil. Add mushrooms and carrots. Stir frequently. When tender, add basil. Stir well.
3. Add cooked flank steak to the pan and add 1 tbs. of sesame oil. Add 1 tsp. sea salt. Mix together and cook for an additional minute and serve.
Serve hot.

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Ingredients:
6 chicken cutlets (sliced into pieces)
1/2 lb. medium size shrimp (tails removed and cleaned)
2 cups carrots (sliced thin)
2 cups zucchini (sliced thim)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook chicken pieces and remove to the side.
2. In separate skillet add 2 tbs. of olive oil. Cook garlic for 2 minutes and then add carrots and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir frequently.
3. When carrots and zucchini appear tender, add shrimp. Stir and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add chicken and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
*optional: add 1/4 cup of white wine when you add in cooked chicken
Serve hot.

It’s All About “Toast”

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Ingredients:

A Loaf Of Multigrain Sliced Bread (Toasted)

1 (8oz.) cream cheese

2 ripe bananas (sliced thin)

1 cup fresh blueberries

salmon lox

1 small red onion (sliced)

Directions:

  1. On toasted bread, spread some cream cheese.
  2. On one slice of bread put sliced banana and blueberries.
  3. On one slice of bread put lox and red onion.  (see photos)

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Set it up and let everyone help themselves.

Ingredients:
6 tortilla shells
6 chicken cutlets (grilled and cut into bite size pieces)
1/2 lb. shrimp (tails removed and boiled)
2 cups salsa
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups sour cream
1 head of iceberg lettuce (shredded)
2 cups cherry tomatoes
Directions:
1. Fill each shell with lettuce and top with fillings of your choice.
Optional/Suggestions: red onions, guacamole, chick peas, black beans, sliced beef

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Ingredients:
1 large bag of Ruffle Potato Chips
16 oz. semi sweet chocolate (melted)
1 can of sprinkles
Directions:
1. Line a baking pan with waxed paper.
2. Dip one end of chip into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper.
3. Scatter some sprinkles on chocolate end of chips.
4. Let air dry for at least 30 minutes, or 10 minutes in the freezer.