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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Egyptian Rice & Lentils

vegetables, crockpot

1 cup brown lentils; washed & picked over
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion; chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cumin, ground
1/2 cup rice
5 cup ; water, to 6 cups

Place the olive oil (all of it) into the bottom of the crock pot. Turn the pot onto the highest setting (if variable available) and add the onions. Allow the onions 10-15 minutes to warm in the oil. Add the remaining ingredients, including the water. If cooking the dish all day (i.e., a morning start), reduce heat to low; otherwise leave on high setting. Cover. Leave to simmer. Come home to a wonderful smelling house. Stir the dish while in the crock. If it is dry, add a little water. If it's soup-like, remove lid for a little while, or turn heat to high setting. Serve. It's tasty as a main mean or as a pilaf to accompany other meals. I got the basic recipe from Martha's book "Mediterranean Light"--p. 253. It's one of my all time faves. And I used to think I hated lentils! From: sastoen@lamar.ColoState.EDU (Sue Stoen)