From the Midwest

From The Midwest

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 . . .


MARCH 24, 2014 8:53AM




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

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FEBRUARY 11, 2014 1:01PM

Fondant Potatoes, Squared



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.



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DECEMBER 28, 2013 10:22PM

Apple Rum Cake








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

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DECEMBER 22, 2013 8:47PM

Cherry Pie (From A Can!)

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.

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JULY 16, 2013 3:33PM

My New Video Poem...

JUNE 21, 2013 9:44AM

Remember Me, Video Poem #2

MAY 27, 2013 8:13PM

My First Video Poem

I took my last poem and set it to video. It was a great learning experience and I plan to do many more!


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Just follow the links:

 Spring Poem, "Hope" - YouTube

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MAY 16, 2013 4:43PM

My New Poem

New Poem Hope
JANUARY 16, 2013 4:42PM

Apple Slump












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

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OCTOBER 16, 2012 7:55AM

Witch Fingers--Foodie Tuesday

Fingers, perhaps, from the weird sisters of Macbeth?









Hello, my little pumpkins! Feeling a bit haunted? Chased by hobgoblins lately? Halloween is just around the corner . . . trick-or-treat . .

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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

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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

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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

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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

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JULY 31, 2012 8:39AM

Carrot Cake -- Foodie Tuesday



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

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JULY 24, 2012 1:43PM

Rump Roast--Foodie Tuesday




A feast for the eyes, indeed!



I always get a bit excited when I spy rump roasts in

the meat department at the grocery store. It's not the

best cut of meat, but I love the grain of

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Editor’s Pick
JULY 13, 2012 9:51AM

Yes. It Is A Choice. Get Over It! (OC)



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, discoverinRead full post »

JULY 11, 2012 8:02AM

Sounds of Summer


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Underfoot, dried grass crunched like toasted coconut. Along country roadsides, daylily petals opened like peeled oranges and sipped, sipped the morning dew.


Sparrows panted.


The letter “Z” best describes many of summer’s sounds. Buzz

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JULY 10, 2012 10:35AM

Chicken Marbella--Foodie Tuesday


Sticky sweet with a savory, garlicky tang. You'll lick the plate!



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


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JULY 4, 2012 11:16AM

My New Poem: "Listen"









The light turned red.

The sun had just disappeared.


An intersection

Of conflagration--


Impatience and tempers



Worse by four-



Strip malls.

Passengers numbed by cell


Phone conversations--

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JUNE 26, 2012 9:17AM

White Beans--Foodie Tuesday

                                 Cool Beans!



White beans--packed with protein, calcium and iron--are

a meal in themselves. Paired with seafood, poultry or beef,

they are a welcome

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Fingerling potatoes with herbs, garlic and salt are brought to a boil,
removed from the heat and covered until cool or warm.

This recipe couldn't be more simple. Or delicious. I'll never "boil" potatoes again. No. Not. Ever.

I had intended to make a simple batch
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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 7, 2012 8:40AM

A Teacher Remembers Ray Bradbury

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.

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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

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