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Rosemary potatoes

I am not sure about you all but as I get older I have realized that I feel like doing less and less of house related chores including cooking. I have been investing my time on other things like playing with my dog, reading, writing and seriously learning to do nothing (which is a very difficult task for me). Cooking, although not entirely eliminated from my daily life, has been transformed. These days, I have resorted to making easier dishes. Dishes that are super easy to make and yet tastes great. Rosemary potatoes is definitely one of them. There are only few of those dishes that you can eat anytime of the day and who doesn’t love potato!!

Super easy to make, here is what you need:

Ingredients:
About 6 to 8 medium sized red potatoes (you could probably use any kind)
1/2 cup of olive oil (I use olive, but you could use vegetable oil)
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon rosemary (dried or fresh, whatever you have!)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (optional)

Directions:
In a large bowl, add diced potatoes, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.869552188553407770

Add oil and mix well.
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In a baking dish, spread the potatoes. (use aluminium foil if you prefer a clean dish after the cooking is done, I am that lazy ;)).

Bake it in a pre-heated oven for 30 mins or until the potatoes are cooked (400 degree Fahrenheit)
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After the potatoes are cooked, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix well before serving.
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Moist Cornbread

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When it comes to my cooking habit, I am not much of a planner. I like to cook based on my mood or sometimes I cook depending on a weather or an occasion. Since it has been pretty cold and rainy lately, I have been baking a lot. The most recent thing I baked was to make this moist cornbread.

In the past, I have followed various online cornbread recipes but I was not satisfied with the result. So I took a recipe from online and added or subtracted ingredients to come up with my own version that I think tastes good and has a great texture. I hope you make it someday!

Ingredients:
Cooking spray or butter to grease pan
1 cup butter (1 stick)
1 and 1/2 cup milk
2 large egg
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Spray the bottom and sides of an baking pan with the cooking spray or butter.
2. In a large bowl, melt the butter in a microwave and add eggs.
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3. Beat the melted butter and eggs. Add milk and beat it until well mixed.
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4. Once all the liquid ingredients are mixed well, add dry ingredients (cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once).
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5. Mix until the batter is well mixed. Pour batter into the pan using a spatula and spread batter evenly in pan.
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6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick or butter knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

7. Cut into smaller pieces and serve warm with chili or corned beef.
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How to help Nepali earthquake victims?

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Drone captures aftermath of earthquake in Nepal.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=N52LX1GZYWs&feature=youtu.be

Dear readers,

A 7.8- magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday April 27th. Since the first big earthquake, there has been many aftershocks causing more damages to our national heritage, houses, infrastructures, and taking thousands of lives. So far the death toll has been estimated to be around 3281 and this number is expected to rise.

Due to the non-stop aftershocks, most people are living outside of their houses in a constant fears. Thousands of people have lost their homes, friends and family members. The extent of physical, emotional and psychological damages caused due to this devastating earthquake is huge.

My family and friends are in Nepal. I wish I was there to help right now and I feel guilt that I am not there with them.  The best I can do right now is to spread this news and ask people to help Nepal. Any kind of help to Nepal will be huge right now. If you want to help Nepal, bellow are the list of organizations that will put your donations to good use.

And lastly, please pray for Nepal and pray that the rescue and the path to recovery and reconstructions will go smoothly. Please god, give courage and strength to Nepal and Nepalese.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/27/world/asia/where-to-donate-for-nepal.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nepal-earthquake/nepal-earthquake-devastation-could-cost-billions-heres-how-you-can-n348301

http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/25/world/nepal-earthquake-how-to-help/

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund/

http://www.bustle.com/articles/78873-how-can-you-help-nepal-earthquake-victims-consider-donating-to-these-organizations

Thank you

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