Jarred Salsa



Makes 8 Pints


3 quarts peeled, cored chopped tomatoes

2 cups seeded, chopped, peppers

3 cups chopped onion

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 6oz cans paste

2 cups bottled lemon juice

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon chili power-optional


Combine all ingredients in large roasting pan

Bake in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes or until you get an internal temperature of 180

Ladle hot salsa into pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace

Remove excess air in jar and fill again to maintain headspace

Wipe rim, apply lid and ring

Process in boiling water canner for 20 minutes

After 24 hours have passed, remove rings and wash jars

Label jars with date and store. Do not stack jars


Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

Olive Garden Italian Restaurant

715 Grape Street

Whitehall, PA 18052



After a long day of shopping, we headed to Olive Garden for an early dinner.  We were seated right away at a very nice table located by the windows.

Below is a few of the items we ordered.  Everything was very good and we look forward to returning soon.


Italian Margarita $7.75

Jose Cuervo Especial Silver tequila, triple sec and amaretto


Lasagna Fritta $9.49

Fried parmesan-breaded lasagna, topped with parmesan cheese and marinara sauce, with creamy alfredo


Five Italian Cheese Fonduta $8.99

Oven-baked smoked provolone, Parmesan, Fontana, mozzarella and Romano cheeses served with bread stick crostini


Macaroni & Cheese $5.99

Our Grandson had pasta shells in a creamy cheese sauce, served with a side of French fries and pasta with red sauce


Applebee’s Bethleham, PA

Twas the day after Christmas, and we were hungry…..


2109 Motel Drive

Bethleham, PA 18020


We had been out running early morning errands and wanted to stop at Applebee’s for a quick lunch before we headed home.

They opened at 11am and we arrived shortly after.  There were a few customers already seated and they put us at a nice booth, close to a couple TVs.

Our Grandson ordered the Macaroni and Cheese with Yogurt and Strawberries


I ordered the Build Your Sampler-Choose 3

I started with Bowl of Tomato Basil Soup.  It was very good.


Then for my meal I had 2 Brew Pub Pretzels with Beer Cheese dip


5 Honey BBQ Boneless Wing with Celery and Ranch.  The celery looked like it was cut a few days ago.  The ends were brown and mashed up.


Other than the celery, my meal was as expected.

My Husband also had a bowl of the Tomato Basil Soup and ordered the Classic Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries


His burger bun was not fresh and completely broke apart.  He ended up eating his burger with a fork.

Our waitress was very friendly and kept our drinks filled

We enjoy going to Applebee’s and will return, just not after there’s been closed for a holiday.


Tomato and Cheese Picks

Cheese and Tomatoes

Tomato and Cheese Picks


Grape or Cherry Tomatoes

Block cheese of your choice


Italian Dressing or dressing of your choice



Wash and dry tomatoes

Slice tomatoes horizontally in half

Slice cheese into approximately 1/4 slices, then into tomato size squares

The easiest way I have found to do these is to lay out the bottoms of the tomatoes, cut side down

Then lay out the cheese

Take a toothpick and push it through the bottom tomato, then pick the cheese

Using your other hand, push the tomato top onto the toothpick

Set aside in a container

Add dressing and let the tomato picks marinade for at least 30 minutes before serving




Salt Potatoes


Salt Potatoes

Makes 8 servings


3 pounds new white or yellow potatoes, smaller potatoes are best

1 1/2 cups kosher salt

8 tablespoons butter, melted


Wash the potatoes and set aside

Fill a large pot with water, at least 3 quarts

Turn burner to medium high heat

Stir in salt until it dissolves and no longer settles on the bottom

Place potatoes in the pot and bring to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender but firm, about 15 minutes

While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat

Drain potatoes, but do not rinse!!!

Pour melted butter over potatoes and serve immediately


“Salt potatoes are a regional specialty of Syracuse, New York, a.k.a. The Salt City. Salt potatoes date to the 1800s, invented by local salt mine workers who created a simple and inexpensive lunch by boiling small potatoes in brine. The potatoes are still very popular today with the Central New York crowd, making an incredibly easy and delicious side dish.”


Egg Salad


Egg Salad

Makes 2 Sandwiches

2 hard boiled, chopped Eggs

2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing (Start with less, you can always add more)

1 teaspoon Mustard

1 teaspoon Relish or chopped Pickles

1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder

1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 teaspoon Sugar

Salt and Pepper to taste

Chopped Celery and Onion (Optional)


Mix all the ingredients together and let it set for 30 minutes so the flavors can blend before serving.

Spread on your favorite roll, bread or wrap.  Top with Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese or Sliced Onion.


We enjoyed ours with a side of Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad, Pickles, Carrot Sticks and Chips