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
- Excerpt from my Novel ...
Calling all Literary
June 16, 2014 05:21PM
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 RECENT COMMENTS
- “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
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- “@ Poor Woman ... You are
not poor. Your comments made
tear. Usually the
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"Peepers" love my patio garden. This little guy festoons the Pixie's hat like a jeweled broach.
Have you ever noticed that people who like to grow things also like to cook? When I moved into this ground-floor apartment, I knew I'd have to have something growing outside… Read full post »
Sometimes, I surprise even myself!
During my trials for the recipe, I kept thinking of Walter-- a.k.a "Cheap Bastid." It just reminded me of him. It has all his parameters for a "cheap bastid" recipe: inexpensive ingredients, easy, and delicious. By getting just what you n… Read full post »
I like my salmon simple. Herbs. Salt. A bit of seasoning. Good olive oil. A lemon twist on the side. Of course, it all depends on the quality of the salmon. Lately, I've been getting the some of the best salmon I've ever had from my grocery store.… Read full post »
"In my efforts to flee Hurricane Irene, I will be off Open Salon and out of the country next week (I'll be back Tuesday, September 6th). My wonderful colleague Emma Mustich will be filling for me. I showed her the ropes this week, and I'm sure she'll do an great job while… Read full post »
If you live in New York City, take a look at this "old" video clip. It's pretty eerie . . .
Chicken is one of the meats you can buy that still resembles what it was alive. A whole chicken is just that: a bird with distinguishable features of wings, legs, breast, even neck.
The trend has been to "package" meat that becomes more and more anonymous. Most is boneless.… Read full post »
These are fun to eat with your fingers. Cut in half, they'd make great hors d'oeuvres.
Here's a nifty and simple recipe that I'll be making again. I grow "purple sage" which is what I used. This is the kind of recipe that is more a "procedure" than… Read full post »
This isn't my grandmother's potato salad. But next to hers, I love this one. It's simple and "clean." Whenever I make it, usually in the summer months, I always question myself, "Why don't you make this more
Simple as sin to make . . . and, oh, so heavenly to eat!
This is an Alton Brown recipe. And it's truly a winner! I followed it to the letter but added a few sprinkles of cinnamon to the buttermilk batter. The key here is to have firm,… Read full post »
From this . . .
... to this!
The summer I graduated high school, I camped throughout East Africa for about a month. Part of my diet was bananas. Delicious, sweet bananas that kind of reminded me of vanilla ice cream. We bought… Read full post »
Most children (even adults) in America grow up only knowing instant pudding. That's unfortunate. Homemade pudding is rea… Read full post »
Rustic. Easy. Delicious.
When I had my art studio in Michigan, I became friends with the Whites from St. Louis who often visited twice a year. Some summers, they'd arrive with their son, Chuck, who loved to cook, and his family. Being invited over for dinner was
Back in May--yes, MAY! OS editor Emily wrote the following:
As most of you have noticed, we've been having serious technical issues with Open Salon for sometime now. Believe me, I understand your frustrations -- the site is as slow for me as it is for you. The good news is… Read full post »
A cookie base holds a sweet-tangy cheese cake filling.
Wow! That's a long name for a recipe. But it really isn't quite a "cheese cake" in the traditional sense. This is the kind of thing sophisticated morsel you'd make if you were
Inexpensive and impressive. Did I say great tasting?
People will never suspect it's cube steak.
Cube steak, sometimes known as "minute steak," is usually a tough part of beef round that has been run through a mechanical tenderizer. "Cube" refers to the square indentations left
Slap your traps with these here flaps! Be sure to warm the maple syrup, first.
Real maple syrup. Not the fake stuff.
I hate buying buttermilk for a recipe because it's expensive and then you're left with most of it after needing only a cup… Read full post »
Summer is all about fresh produce and herbs. This recipe capitalizes on both. And it's pretty healthy, too. My summer herbs, kept in clay pots, afford easy accessibility and harvesting.
The original recipe called for shrimp, feta cheese, fresh basil, no black olives, cann… Read full post »
- A complete dinner
- A "light" lunch
- A knock-out side to beef or pork
- Vegetarian--just leave out the meat
There's nothing easy about working in a grocery store. It's hard, physical work for most, if not all, of the positions. Even a good store manager will pitch in with elbow grease and resolve when needed.
You're required to stand on hard, cold surfaces for long periods of time, so good… Read full post »
Sometimes in my quest to try something new, I forget something old. And then I re-discover it. That's what happened to this recipe. The last time I made it was several years ago! And I loved it. But I'm older now. More experienced. I looked at the recipe. Studied it./… Read full post »
This is both astonishing and frightening. Incredible. It's a miracle anyone survived at all. Be sure to use the (-) icon to get a larger look.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/05/25/us/jopl… Read full post »
Women love to shop. But not for groceries. The sooner the endeavor is over, the better.
Even when they leave with a full cart of bagged goods, they are already worrying about unloading it and putting it away. I've been to homes where groceries are removed from the car but that's… Read full post »