Cowboy Crash Potatoes- Final Recipe from Acme Calendar

November 17th, 2017

Last month I posted two recipes from the 2018 Acme Kosher Cuisines of the World calendar. I think this will be the final one, reprinted with permission from Acme Markets+, unless I come across one I can’t resist. This recipe is from Australia and it looks interesting enough to post (and try when I am not so busy with my new book, For the Love of Clotheslines on Amazon).

Note: The Ingredients and Directions on the left side of the reproduced calendar page are listed below the calendar photo. The nutritional value in the green box in the lower right hand corner of the calendar page is also included below the recipe.


24 oz. of Small Yellow Potatoes
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Minced Garlic Cloves
1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves
or Herbs of your choice
Parmesan Cheese*
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper,
to Taste

*My Comment: I am not a big fan of parmesan cheese so I would omit this ingredient, which makes it vegan and also suitable for a meat meal, if you keep kosher.


  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook potatoes until tender, about 20-30 minutes; drain well.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle olive oil on a baking sheet, set potatoes on sheet and using a potato masher, gently smash each potato down, so it flattens, but stays in one piece (like a cookie).
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, minced garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  4. Top with grated parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 18-25 minutes until golden brown and crisp.Nutritional Value: Serves 6 (I believe the amounts are per serving. es)
    Calories: 146                                 
    Protein: 2.2 g
    Carbohydrates: 19.4 g
    Fat: 7 g
    Saturated Fat: 1 g
    Fiber: 2.3 g
    Sodium: 1 mg

+Acme stores can be found in NJ, PA, DEL, MD, and CT Recipe reprinted with peermission
from Christopher Ellis @ Acme headquarters.

Veterans Day & Mazon: Nov. 11, 2017

November 10th, 2017

Note: According to this morning’s Philadelphia Inquirer, today is the federal observance of Veterans Day. Because the “official” Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, the Federal Government offices are closed today. But I think most parades and other celebrations will be tomorrow, when many more people can attend than if they were held today. Feel free to celebrate the signing of the Armistice ending WWI today and tomorrow and to keep honoring our military personnel who served in all US wars, especially living vets. I abhor war, but I honor those who protect our country.

Mazon is an organization whose aim is to end hunger. The word is a Hebrew word and means “sustenance.” While it is a Jewish organization, it helps people from every denomination and race.  Their website is (The computer may send you to Amazon by mistake, but also may say, did you mean Mazon? Click on that.)

In their recent mailing to me from Abby Liebman, CEO and President of Mazon, I learned that member of Mazon visited a VA hospital in Los Angeles and found it eye-opening. What they noticed besides the hardworking staff and volunteers was that there are “many barriers faced by food-insecure veterans.” Upon further investigation, the group learned that when a veteran seeks food assistance, he or she could be faced with:

  1. Inaccurate or old information, such as inactive departments that no longer address the issue of food assistance.
  2. So many handouts that key information could be missedor overlooked.
  3. Lack of training of social workers who are supposed to provide appropriate support for food-insecure vets.

(All this information is from Abby’s recent letter asking for donations for veterans needing food assistance.)


From their website, I read this article:

FIRST MAZON Amicus Brief In Support of Veterans Facing Hunger
Filing Seeks Reversal of VA “Final Rule” Reducing and Limiting Veteran Access to Nutrition Benefits
For the link to this important project by Mazon, go to:


Finally, if you want to do something special for Veterans Day, which is tomorrow, consider a donation. Just go to the website and click on Ways to Give under their Masthead. What a great way to honor our veterans who fight and have fought to keep America free.