from Tina Ruiz
Nothing goes to waste in my kitchen. If I have leftover Italian or French bread it becomes the base for a dinner. And what a dinner it is – easy – quick – delicious. Can’t beat that if you’re on a busy schedule or tight budget.
loaf Italian or French bread
cups spaghetti sauce, possibly more
lb. Genoa salami or pepperoni, sliced thin
3 or 4 slices fresh tomatoes
cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
oven to 350° F.
Split the bread in half lengthwise. Smear spaghetti sauce on the white part of the bread. Lay meat slices on top. Scatter on mozzarella and then Parmesan.
Place the bread on a cookie sheet then pop them into the oven until the cheese melts, and VIOLA, dinner is ready!
A nice treat after the pizza bread is a dish of vanilla ice cream topped with Kahlua or your favorite coffee liqueur. No whip topping, just the ice cream and liqueur. It is sooooo good and really hits the spot.
Here’s a brief intro to my children’s Christmas book your little ones will enjoy.
Little did Ruiz know that story would “change the world.” The book came out at early January 1988. By the end of that same month, everyone was calling the mayor's office at City Hall, trying to get the forms to fill out so their children could participate in the contest. Thirty years later that same contest is still runs at full speed. And not only in Calgary, but all across Canada. The Mayor's Youth Council is now in charge of the celebrated contest and invites Ruiz to attend and meet the lucky winner. It's usually followed by a hand-written thank you card from the mayor himself. Recently Ruiz was invited to be part of the Grand Opening of Calgary's New Library where the mayor shook her hand and introduced her to the attendees.
Tina has worked in television and radio as well as being a professional clown at the Children's Hospital. She lives in Calgary with her husband who encourages her to write her passion be it high-quality children's books or intriguing romance.
Stay connected with Tina Ruiz on her Facebook group Tina Speaks Out.