Avocado Toast

 Breakfast, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian  Comments Off on Avocado Toast
Jun 182016

Avocado ToastI’m always looking for healthy breakfast alternatives. Most American breakfast foods are laden with fat, sugar and refined carbs, and oatmeal with fruit gets a little old after a while.

Avocado toast is a quick, healthy breakfast that uses fresh ingredients. There are a lot of variations and it’s easy to come up with your own. This is one that turned out particularly well and is easy to make. Enjoy!

Avocado Toast
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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: Breakfast, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Author: Mark Karney

Servings: 2 breakfast servings


  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (diced fine)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped pistachio nuts
  • Baby arugula
  • Lime juice
  • Garlic powder
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Good extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 pieces good whole-grain bread


  • Chop the jalapeno and add to the avocado and mash with a fork.
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and fresh-squeezed lime juice to taste.
  • Toast the bread.
  • Spray the bread with a bit of olive oil, and top with a layer of baby arugula.
  • Spread 1/4 of the avocado mixture mixture on each of the toasts and top with the chopped pistachios. Finish with a spritz of olive oil.
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Ellie’s Cheddar Slices

 Appetizers, Holidays  Comments Off on Ellie’s Cheddar Slices
Dec 112015

This award winning recipe (My oldest son, Jared, won first prize in an appetizer contest with it)  comes from my Aunt Ellie, my mother’s younger sister. Aunt Ellie loved to entertain and we always looked forward to these cheddar slices around holiday time. Where she got this recipe, I’ll never know, but since it involves bacon and bread, it may have it’s roots in a traditional Hungarian recipe. This has been a traditional Christmas Eve treat for our family and we usually make enough to last all the way through the holiday season and into the winter, as it freezes very well.

Ellie's Cheddar Slices
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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Category: Appetizers, Holidays

Author: Mark Karney

Servings: 24 Servings


  • ½ lbs Sharp cheddar cheese (shredded or ground)
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Powdered mustard
  • 2 Whole eggs (beaten)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 Slices raw bacon
  • 12 White bread slices


  • Mix the first 5 ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
  • Spread on the bread slices. (This is a little easier if you use frozen or semi-frozen bread.)
  • Dice the bacon finely and sprinkle on top.
  • Toast in a 375° oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.


For freezing, don't bake them. Put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer until they are hard. Then separate unbaked pieces with wax-paper and wrap well with tinfoil. To toast, place frozen pieces on cookie sheet and toast in a 375° oven until golden brown. (25 – 30 min.)

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