From the Midwest
- North Carolina,
- September 29
- Never Give Up! Never Doubt Goodness and that Includes YOU!
- Former English teacher-artist from the Midwest and just another statistic of "The Great Recession." Life goes on . . .
MY RECENT POSTS
March 24, 2014 08:53AM
- Fondant Potatoes, Squared
February 11, 2014 12:57PM
- Apple Rum Cake
December 28, 2013 10:20PM
- Cherry Pie (From A Can!)
December 22, 2013 08:47PM
- My New Video Poem...
July 16, 2013 03:33PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Wow ... wrote this four
years ago ... Had forgotten it
but love it even
October 20, 2014 04:47PM
- “Happy belated birthday.
I hope it was a great
June 16, 2014 06:21PM
- “First, have her tested
for radiation .....”
January 29, 2014 07:02PM
- “@ Poor Woman ...
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to shredded
December 29, 2013 07:24PM
!! Hello! And, yes, Happy New
all of us! We
December 29, 2013 06:45PM
From The Midwest's Links
- MY LINKS
- MY LINKS
- My Links
First, a confession. I really don't like lasagna. Most are overpowering with their cloyingly over-reaching tomato sauces, most of which use way too much tomato paste. I'm never quite sure what I'm supposed to be tasting. And, then, I lump lasagna into the trinity of Italian
Potatoes with a crisp, seasoned exterior baked and simmered in a sauce of broth, butter, and fresh herbs.
Traditionally round, I squared my potatoes which created more surface areas to brown.
And I just like the "techy" look of it.
The… Read full post »
Since I work in the produce department of a grocery store, people often ask what we do with "old" items. It's simple. We donate them to a soup kitchen. Most grocery stores do--from dairy to bakery to market. Volunteers usually a… Read full post »
One of the easiest pies I ever made!
A proper cherry pie is always made with sour cherries, not sweet. But sour cherries have a short season, indeed. Hello, canned sour cherries!
I was a bit skeptical that something so easy would end up so good.… Read full post »
I took my last poem and set it to video. It was a great learning experience and I plan to do many more!
Just follow the links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbmadxOprS0 Read full post »
Summer fruits are but a memory: juicy, ripe peaches and nectarines; plump, sweet strawberries and blueberries. Much of the "summer" produce now appearing on grocery store shelves is shipped south of
TOIL AND TROUBLE
AND CAULDRON BUBBLE"
Hello, my little pumpkins! Feeling a bit haunted? Chased by hobgoblins lately? Halloween is just around the corner . . . trick-or-treat . .… Read full post »
The days are shorter; the nights, cooler. Salad days are waning. Melons are disappearing from grocery-store shelves and farm stands. It's the season of chrysanthemums, monarch butterflies, school buses and summer memories.
When I have a hectic schedule, which means eati
Summer isn't just about the harvest from the garden. It's also about the fresh catch
of the day!
Did you miss me last week? LOL. I've been working crazy hours at the store and finished up a 41.5-hour week to fill in for someone
I had been eyeing the packages of little piggy feet (trotters) for several days at my local Food Lion Supermarket. For an authentic Italian "gravy," they are indispensable. But not easy to find. So I purchased a package of four for less than four bucks and a nice… Read full post »
I'm always amazed at food or recipes I've heard about for ages but never tried. Salt-cured salmon is one. It was much easier to prepare than I thought and the result was nothing short of wonderful. After two days of "curing" in the fridge, the
There's just something about this carrot cake that makes people sit up to take notice. Perhaps it's the candied ginger or the surprise of the orange, cream-cheese frosting. I don't know. But whenever I make it and give aways slices, I get comments and notes like… Read full post »
We enter the world single; we leave it single. And, in my case, in-between, I’ve lived it single.
A single life is not for everyone anymore than marriage is. But it’s easier to divorce yourself, to begin again without the baggage of another person. In fact, discoverin… Read full post »
Underfoot, dried grass crunched like toasted coconut. Along country roadsides, daylily petals opened like peeled oranges and sipped, sipped the morning dew.
The letter “Z” best describes many of summer’s sounds. Buzz… Read full post »
First, a diversion. I lived in Saugatuck, Michigan for 13 years
where I operated my art studio. It was also home to Julie
Russo of The Silver Palate Cookbook nomenclature. She and
The light turned red.
The sun had just disappeared.
Impatience and tempers
Worse by four-
Passengers numbed by cell
Gas-st… Read full post »
White beans--packed with protein, calcium and iron--are
a meal in themselves. Paired with seafood, poultry or beef,
they are a welcome
The first book I ever taught was Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles." The year was 1976 and I was a student teacher leading a high school class in science fiction. In those days, science fiction was a relatively new and controversial genre in schools. There was nothing to go on. No… Read full post »
If winter weighs us down with heavy meals and darkness, summer is just the opposite. In winter, we tend to pile things on which includes extra clothing and extra helpings of food. But summer is all about light, in both senses of that word. Lots of sunshine.
My comrades at work are still talking about these muffins that I brought in last week. I'm always a bit nervous when I make up a new recipe, so I certainly appreciated nods of approval as they gobbled them up
Earlier, I had… Read full post »
From The Midwest's Favorites