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Cold Antipasto

Happy New Year 2018

Ingredients:
2 large eggplants (slices 1/4 inch thick)
2 large yellow peppers (sliced and seeds removed)
2 large beefsteak tomatoes (sliced)
1 lb. piece fresh mozzarella (thinly sliced)
1/2 cup fresh basil (pieces)
olive oil
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
sea salt and black pepper
Directions:
1. In a skillet add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Brown garlic and add eggplant and peppers. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper on both sides. Cook until tender and remove. (You can drain eggplant and peppers on paper towels, if you wish.) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
2. On a platter, arrange each row with a slice of eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Repeat the process on the whole platter. Put basil on top. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Serve cold. *Serves 6

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Here’s A Link To A New Story About About “Mr. C.” And His Books.

Q&A With Author John Contratti

 

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Ingredients:
1 dozen stemmed strawberries
1/2 cup dark chocolate (chopped) (milk chocolate if you want)
1/2 cup white chocolate (chopped)
Directions:
1. Rinse strawberries in cold water. Let thoroughly dry on paper towels. Leave 2 inches of the stem on the strawberry.
2. Melt chocolate and white chocolate separately. Once melted dip strawberries.
3. Let strawberries dry on wax paper and then refrigerate.
* If you have food coloring, you can add a few drops to melted white chocolate for extra designs on the strawberries.

An article about “Mr. C. Takes Manhattan” . Here’s the link.

https://theislandnow.com/new_hyde_park-108/new-hyde-park-teacher-brings-classroom-alive-mr-c-series-kids/

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Ingredients:

1/2 lb. turkey (8-10 slices)

8 pieces cooked bacon

2 avocados (sliced)

2 tomatoes (sliced thin)

8 slices multigrain bread (toasted)

mayonnaise (optional)

Directions:

On each sandwich (toasted bread) place 2 slices of turkey, 2 strips of cooked bacon, sliced tomato and avocado. (You can put mayonnaise on the sandwich, if you like.)
Makes 4 sandwiches.

Don’t Forget “Mr. C. Takes Manhattan.” This Fall.  Makes A Great Book/Gift To A Child This Holiday Season. (On Sale In October)

 

 

My new children’s picture book “Mr. C. Takes Manhattan” debuts this Fall. A fun filled factual story about the many wonderful places to see and visit in Manhattan, New York.

Ingredients:

3 large eggs
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons strawberry jelly (or flavor of your choice)
Powdered sugar, for dusting  *raspberries on top are optional

Directions

  1. Whisk eggs and sugar together until well-combined.

2. Heat a lightly greased nonstick skillet over medium heat and pour in eggs. Shake the pan and stir the eggs with a spatula for 15 seconds. Use the spatula to smooth out the eggs and let cook for 2 minutes, or until set.

3. Carefully flip the omelette and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Slide the omelet onto a plate, spread an even layer of jelly over the eggs, and fold in half. Dust with powdered sugar.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oatmeal (Quaker Oats)

1 cup milk (or almond milk)

1 small banana (sliced thin)

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 tbsp. Nutella (plus a dollop on top)

Directions:

Serves 1. Double or triple ingredients depending on how many people are being served.

  1. In a pot, put oatmeal and milk. Cook on low heat. Stir and add walnuts.
  2. Stir for about a minute. Add Nutella. Stir well.
  3. Once oatmeal is cooked (no more than a total of 3 minutes), put in serving bowl.
  4. Add sliced bananas on top with a dollop of Nutella.