Rueben Groovin’ King Sandwich

Rueben 029I used to make my Rueben sandwiches the same way I made a grilled cheese. Butter on the outside, meat on the inside. Grill one side and flip it over.

I was making some Rueben sandwiches that same way last week. They were good, but left a lot to be desired. If I did not watch it after 2 minutes, once side was burned. Also the Sauerkraut and pickles made the sandwich soggy

Then suddenly it dawned on me! Drain the Sauerkraut on a paper Rueben 001towel to remove the moisture, before adding to the sandwich. Now I have a “Groovin” Rueben King Sandwich!

Sometimes I use my skillet grill pan, medium skillet or large skillet. Another great idea: why not grill each side individually and then combine them?

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rye Bread, recommended: Farm to Market Bread Co., 2 slices per sandwichRueben 002
  2. Pastrami, Ultra Thin Sliced, recommended: Hillshire Farm, 4 slices per side of bread
  3. Salami, Thin Sliced, recommended: Great Value, 4 to 6 per sandwich (or use Corned Beef Slices)
  4. Sauerkraut, recommended: Franks, 1 to 2 teaspoons, per your liking
  5. Muenster Cheese, recommended: Great Value, 3 per sandwich
  6. Thousand Island Dressing, recommended: Kraft, 1 to 2 teaspoons, to your taste
  7. Butter, 1 teaspoon, dividedRueben 005
  8. Seasoning for the Sauerkraut, such as Caraway Seeds, recommended: Tone’s, a pinch
  9. Parchment Sheets, Pop-up, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 (for easy clean up)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Strain Sauerkraut into bowl, season it with Caraway Seeds, Pepper, etc. and set aside.
  2. Add Thousand Island dressing on both sides of the bread.
  3. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Pastrami.Rueben 008
  4. Put 1 Muenster cheese slice on one slice of bread, top with Salami.
  5. Using a “cold” skillet, cut the butter slices into 8 pieces with one of the left and one on the right side of the pan.
  6. Put the Pastrami bread on one side of the skillet and the Salami bread on the other side of the skillet.
  7. I have a Gas stove, so I grill the bread for about 3 minutes on Medium Low, or until cheese melts. But I peek under the bread to make sure it is not burning.
  8. Cut the 3rd Cheese slice in half and put one on each bread.
  9. Rueben 013Next top one bread side with the Sauerkraut and Caraway Seeds, top the other bread on top of this one.
  10. If the cheese needs additional time to melt, I flip them back and forth to meld together, making sure it does not burn.
  11. Remove and let it rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  12. I love this cut diagonally for flair!

My new home is finally complete! Do you ever have that feeling that something is missing after you move? That something for me Patty Melt 002was my wall clock, due to laziness. I finally got around to changing the clock battery. The clock makes a chime sound on the hour. I didn’t realize how much I missed that sound, since it was heard at my previous home.

Speaking of homes and moving to a different home. I was house hunting 10 years ago, because I thought I was going to get a large sum of money.

So one house that I looked at became my favorite. The main house had 3 bedrooms; it had a 2 bedroom guest house over the garage, a pool, pool house, gazebo, hot tub, a detached outbuilding (for a dance studio) and 3 acres of land.

That house blew my mind. There were so many possibilities with a set up Rueben 009like that. I fantasized about all sorts of business ideas, like a day care, dance studio and winery. I could have used the outbuilding for a monthly dance Hafla show. It had a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping lofts.

I dreamed about starting a “catering” business there as well. I could have the customers sample the food via a Pool party or during the winter, using the indoor Hot Tub.

It was not meant to be, but after looking at that house, I gave me ideas of what I wanted in a future home.Rueben 014

I wanted to have a nice outdoor area with a water feature like a pool or hot tub.

My current home has that now, and with the low, low price of being $95,000 less than my dream home.

Life is so much like a game of Monopoly. Start with Baltic and work your way up to Park Place. I began with an inexpensive “starter” home, like Mediterranean sold it and kept moving up to homes that cost more. My “Dream” house was Boardwalk, but I am glad to stick with Park Place.Rueben 011

Less maintenance for the pool and outbuildings, less grass to pay someone to cut and lower utility bills.

I still consider doing catering, and I am glad that I waited to publish a Cookbook first. The Cookbook will showcase the meals that I can prepare for customers. This is a good way find out what a meal will cost to prepare, so that I can decide what to charge.

Also, 10 years ago, we did not have services like Uber, Postmates and Lyft to transport food, like we do now.

IRueben 018 HAVE A DREAM! Not like Martin Luther King. But I have always dreamed about having a “Test Kitchen” in my basement, like on Desperate Housewives. While doing some research, I found out about EzCater. ezCater is the only nationwide marketplace for business catering. ezCater’s online ordering, on-time ratings and reviews, and 5-star customer service connect business people to reliable catering for any meeting, anywhere in the United States.

Dreams can come true.

 

THE VAMPIRE DANCER COOKBOOK IS COMING!Rueben 020

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Life is like a Monopoly game!

MonopolyI can fill an entire Monopoly board with the places I have lived.

In my personal board game version, I will only include places that I have rented or owned, and exclude family homes where I lived with my parents or aunt. So some spots on the board will be reserved for family homes.

CHEAP: RENTALS, You get what you pay for!

You know, the Dark Purple and Light Blue:

· Mediterranean: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, on a busy street

· Baltic: 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath apartment, in the Village

· Oriental: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, apartment, in the Village, moving on up a bit

· Vermont: 2 Bedroom, 1 or 2 Bath duplex on Brush Creek, had cool sliding doors, a front and back deck

· Connecticut: 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Townhouse in the Village (I finally had a 3rd bedroom to practice and teach dance. The backyard had a concrete deck for the patio and my first place with a basement. Woot!

A STEP UP: It costs to the be the bossKentucky

Now we are at the Fuchsia and Orange neighborhoods

· St. Charles: College Dorm, shared, co-ed, had food buffets, pizza delivery and concerts

· States: 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath house that used to be owned by my Grandad. My ex-hubby wanted it for the garage. Eventually, the neighborhood was flooded with drugs and that house was between two crack houses 😦

· Virginia TBA*Pacific

· St. James TBA*

· Tennessee TBA*

· New York TBA*

FANCY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Red and Yellow side!

· Kentucky: 3 Bedroom , 1 Bath, Killer deck, Jacuzzi tub installed, Gas fireplace, Office

· Indiana TBA*North Carolina

· Illinois TBA*

· Atlantic TBA*

· Ventnor TBA*

· Marvins Gardens TBA*

RITZY: HOME OWNERSHIP on the Green and Dark Blue!

· Pacific: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Jacuzzi tub, Screened Front Porch, Basement dance room

· N. Carolina: 3 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, Sunroom, Butler’s Pantry, Porte de Cochere, 2nd Floor deck

· Pennsylvania TBA*

· Park Place: 4 Bedroom, 2 Full/3 Half Bath, Hot Tub, Fence back yard, Suburbs, Pantry Room!

· Boardwalk: Pending repairs for ceiling/basement and upgrades to kitchen will turn Park Place into Boardwalk!Park Place

​*TBA Places lived before 18 or when living with Mom, Dad or my Aunt.

When I rented my first 1 bedroom, 1 bath (Baltic), I never knew that one day, I would own a 4 bedroom house (Park Place) that had the potential to be Boardwalk one day. If I win the lottery, I am going to finish my basement and add tile to the kitchen. I would love to have a range hood and upgrade my gas stove that I have had for over 10 years.

THE VAMPIRE DANCER SAGA 5 IS COMING!

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Crazy Awesome Games: The Game of Life!

Game1The Game of Life was not very popular when it was invented in 1860.   But the 1960’s version gave The Game of Life NEW LIFE!

It is one of my all-time favorite games!  I play it on my:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPad
  • Kindle
  • XBox 360Game2
  • Wii
  • PC (1991 Version)
  • PC (2005 Version)
  • The Game of Life Zapped

So many different versions!  Which one is the best?

Game5My favorite version is actually the PC 1991 Version.  I love the announcer, the music and way the game starts out in the 1950s and ends up in the 2000s.  When you play the 1991 version, I prefer to go to College and get the Police Officer as my career (you get 10K anytime a 10 is rolled).  Also $90,000 is the best salary to get.  If you get the top salary of $100,000, the other players want to get that one.  So stick with $90K and the Police Officer and you will win.  CHEAT: If you are playing against the AI computer players, save the game until you land on Stock Market Zooms – Collect 1 Stock!  I usually start the game by buying the “8” stock, when I land on the Collect 1 stock, I choose the “9” stock, so that if anyone rolls 8, 9 or 10 – I get paid!

Game3Be sure to buy the Victorian Mansion, even though you may pay up to $300K for it, you get the entire $300K investment back right away.  And by all means, always buy house insurance right after you purchase your house.  And be sure to buy your stock number and car insurance at the very beginning of the game, so you won’t have the most money.  The other players will “take” money from the player who has the most.

When playing the PC 2005 version, I prefer to choose a Career, rather than college.  But this time, go for the Athlete!  The Athlete will earn the most money and gets double the amount on raises.  The next best career is the Entertainer.  GAME STRATEGY: If possible, try not to lose your Game6career and keep the Athlete throughout the entire game.  Don’t go back to school and of course choose the Safe Path and Family Path.  Try not to get any loans, for College in this version, because it will hurt you in the end.  Also, get the MANSION!  You don’t want any RED X’s when you view the Goals of Life!

When comparing the different versions for iPad, iPhone and Kindle, the iPad is the best and the Kindle is the worst, in my opinion.  I have noticed that many of the same games that I have on Kindle does not have the same graphics and options as the iPhone/iPad offers.  For Game4example, when you click “Explore” on the iPad version, you can touch the grass and hear it swoosh.  Or, if you touch the water or church bells, you hear them, but not on the Kindle.

When if comes to The Game of Life on the XBox versus the Wii, there is no contest!  With the XBox, of course, you can use your own personal gamertag avatar.  I prefer my XBox avatar over the Wii Mii because first of all, the Mii’s have stupid arms.  YUCK!

I got my iPad late last year and ZAPPED was one of the major reasons why I wanted an iPad.  I am a Monopoly collector and noticed Monopoly Zapped on the internet one day.  I was stunned!  I thought I had every version possible for Monopoly (WHICH IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE GAME).  So when I saw Monopoly Zapped, I Game9felt like I had been left uninvited to a party.  I had to have it to add to my Monopoly collection.  So I purchased my iPad just so I could get Monopoly Zapped.  Strange reason to buy an iPad, right?  And at the same time I purchased The Game of Life Zapped.  I have only played the Game of Life Zapped twice, but I really don’t prefer playing physical Board Games, if I can play the same game on my iPhone, iPad, PC, Kindle or XBox.  But I had to try The Game of Life Zapped.  It was not really worth the effort.  There is money to distribute and those little tiny Game10babies get lost.  I swear, there is 1 or 2 of those tiny babies under my couch.  Too much work, too much to do and too much effort.  Sort of nerve-wracking.

So I plan to stick with playing The Game of Life on my PC, usually the 1991 version.  But sometimes I play the 2005 version.  Or, if I’m in my bedroom or bored somewhere when the PC is not available, I can play on my iPhone, Ipad or Kindle (only if the iPhone or iPad is being charged). LOL

Game7So get a version of The Game of Live and try it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_of_Life

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