Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Winter is Coming, Help the Homeless

 The things we take for granted, right?  I got a call from a friend the other day asking if I had any extra sheets or blankets.  There is a homeless shelter close by and they are desperate for sheets and blankets of any kind.  So, I cleaned out my linen closet which needed to be done anyway.  If you are like me, you must have unmatched sheets and pillowcases.  Their mates have gone off to the land of unmatched socks.  I was surprised at how much I had to give away.  I neatly folded it all, wrapped it in twine and added tags listing the sizes and pieces.  This was about half of what I wrapped for them.  Who knows how long this stuff has been sitting in my closet when it could have been making someone comfortable and keeping them warm.  It's a good time of year to clean out your linen closet!

 For those of you that are going to make the crackers from yesterday's post, I altered the recipe and I think it is much better. 

 Make the same recipe as yesterday but sprinkle in a bit of rapid rise yeast.  About 1/8 tsp..  I actually just pinched some and dropped it in.  I also added about 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. You don't need to let the dough rise. The yeast just lightens the crackers and makes them crisper.  The Parmesan gives them a richer flavor but doesn't really make them taste like cheese.  I also sprinkled fresh diced rosemary, sea salt, granulated garlic and poppy seeds on the top and rolled them in.

These also really need to sit in a 200 degree oven for about 40 minutes after they've been baked so that they really dry out.