I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Happy Birthday To Me"

Words to live by......

I have always liked this poem it expresses so clearly how I strive to be, so I am posting it as a birthday gift to myself to keep me in check whenever I feel myself begin to stray.

Poet: Edgar A. Guest

I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.

I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;

I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.

I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself

And fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know

The kind of person I really am,
I don't want to dress up myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all humankinds respect;

But here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.

I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;

I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,

Whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.

This recipe was the one I tended to go to when my Mother asked what I wanted as my special birthday dinner. I always loved when she made this for me, of course you can substitute any type of meat that you like. We always enjoyed it using chuck only because it had a good amount of marbling and as we all know much to the chagrin of our waistlines that fat has a lot of flavor.

Beef Parmesan

1 1/2 - 2 lbs. of Chuck Steak or Roast (cut into one inch strips and pound slightly) to make cutlets
2 tbsp. flour
3/4 tsp. garlic salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. butter
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can tomatoes
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
8 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Cut chuck into one inch strips, sprinkle with garlic salt and flour. Pound thin, between pieces of waxed paper. Sauté quickly in olive oil and butter. Place in baking dish, sprinkle with Parmesan.
Mix tomatoes, breaking them up a bit, with tomato sauce, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic and pepper. Simmer in saucepan 25 minutes. Pour over chuck and top with mozzarella. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Serves 4.


Kristina said...

Happy Birthday! Love the poem and the food looks/sounds yummy! Have a great day!

Julie said...

Thank you Kristina

Heating Filters said...

Happy Birthday to you!! Nice cake and foods,, what a beautiful poem this is....

Rochelle R. said...

Hope you had a Happy Birthday. The poem certainly has a great way to look at life. The beef Parmesan sounds very tasty. Don't think I have had anything like that.

Julie said...

Thank you Rochelle

Julie said...

Thank you

Lucia from Madison said...

Happy Birthday!

Julie said...

Thank you Lucia

Katy ~ said...

My life is in a bit of a tumble so I am late in commenting...my apologies.

I hope that your birthday was a happy one and that the new year brings you birthday wishes come true.

The poem speaks to me. A thought provoking reflection.

Julie said...

Thank you Katy, I hope your tumble wasn't too serious and that you are okay.