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 . . .


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 »

AUGUST 30, 2011 9:13AM

Baked Salmon--Foodie Tuesday



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.

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"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 whileRead full post »

AUGUST 26, 2011 10:16AM

New York City and Hurricane Irene

If you live in New York City, take a look at this "old" video clip. It's pretty eerie . . .

Mega Disaster's hurricane Irene? - YouTube


AUGUST 25, 2011 9:12AM

Baked Chicken Wings



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 »

AUGUST 17, 2011 8:17AM

Bacon-and-Sage-Wrapped Chicken


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

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P.S. Don't forget the PS!



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

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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 »

JULY 21, 2011 9:43AM

Banana-Strawberry Muffins



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 »

JULY 19, 2011 8:03AM

Chocolate Pudding--Foodie Tuesday


Pudding is a treat for both child and adult. It's wholesome and easy to make 
with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now. 



Most children (even adults) in America grow up only knowing instant pudding. That's unfortunate. Homemade pudding is rea

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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

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JULY 7, 2011 10:44AM

OS is the most pathetic I've seen

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 isRead 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

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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

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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

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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 »

I love a recipe that's versatile. Here are your options for this one:
  1. A complete dinner
  2. A "light" lunch
  3. A knock-out side to beef or pork
  4. Vegetarian--just leave out the meat

As a side to grilled steak, this is a bomb
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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./
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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.

 Aerial Photographs of Joplin Before and After the Tornado - Interactive Map -

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Fish cakes are a great summertime meal!

Here in the South, temperatures are rising. Today it will be 86; tomorrow, over 90! Fish cakes are a perfect summer-time dinner or late lunch. They're light, yet kind of rich in their own way. They fry easily on the stove, so
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Campbell soup sales declined this past quarter according to Reuters. Overall, it did gain a profit, but from an increase in its sales of "snacks." Think Pepperidge Farm .

Its soup sales have been in decline for several winters.

The company sites poor advertising, compet… 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 »

MAY 20, 2011 8:25AM

Strawberry Cream-Cheese Pie

Feeling a bit tart? A bit saucy? In the mood to wear a bit of naughty--as in "red?" Then I've got a pie for you. Oh, yea!!! Pucker up, baby! Slap one on this tasty little number! YUM! And then lick your lips. Pout a little. This isn't a
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MAY 18, 2011 11:57AM

Corn OFF the Cob with Scallions


Okay, I admit it. I have "corn-on-the-cob" phobia (cornaphobia?). I fear biting into a cob and leaving behind my teeth stuck in the cob. GROSS! It just makes me queasy. And then there's the whole messiness of it--bits get stuck between your teeth. Your fingers get all
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