TUNA VEGGIE PATTIES

“You can tune a guitar but you can’t tuna fish.  Unless you play bass.” Recently I made a LARGE batch of tuna salad.  OK.  It was wonderful the first two days then quickly descended into good.  I got to wonder if there was some way to tweak this great salad to nudge it back up…

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VISITING THE PARTHENON

“The reward of suffering is experience.”  Harry S Truman When going on a trip I always want to get the most out of the journey.  So on our recent trip to Nashville to visit our granddaughter, Emily, we decided to throw in a side trip to the Parthenon.  (Grandma Pat, are you really off of…

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ULTIMATE TUNA SALAD

“In my defense – I was unsupervised.” As we drift into a series of hot days I drift back to my favorite summer salad.  The best part of this salad is that it contains as much or as little as you care to add.  And it goes like this. INGREDIENTS: large can of tuna, drained…

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TOMATO VINAIGRETTE

“Our souls knead poetry.” Love this recipe because it’s tweakable and because it can be used on both veggies and mild meats.  Haven’t tried it on beef but the future looks bright for such an attempt. INGREDIENTS: 2 T olive oil 1 T tarragon vinegar OR 1 T red wine vinegar with 1 t basil 2 t…

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A REAL CHEESY MEAL

“Luck exists in leftovers.”   Japanese Proverb Well, I’m back to leftovers.  We’re leaving on a short, 5 day trip to visit a granddaughter and her husband.  One of my major projects after I stopped the mail and alerted the bank of our travel plans, involved eating up the leftovers.  One of my previous posts…

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LENTIL STEW

“Goals don’t start in our brain, they start in our heart.” Big goal for this grandma – find a bunch of easy and interesting side dishes to give a bit of spark to the usual.  Here’s a goodie.  The goodest part is the nutritional value of lentils.    It’s a super food, especially when combined…

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.”  Garrison Keillor A short time back I went to visit a long-time friend, as opposed to an old friend, and we did our usual shopping and eating and touring of her town.  In one of the shops we visited I found…

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NO LONGER FINE LIBRARY

“Because we always did it that way.” I love our library.  It’s small but friendly.  Their offerings are always current.  There are two book discussion groups – a morning group and an evening group to accommodate people’s life styles and schedules.  I belong to both. Recently I was in the library checking out season 5…

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SHEPHERDS PIE

“Never try to teach a pig to sing.  You waste your time and you annoy the pig.”  Mark Twain I think this post is about experimenting.  That’s something people do when they want an answer to the question, what could go wrong? I’m rushing headlong into an experiment anyway because I remember my husband saying…

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RED PEPPER COULIS

“There is something so basic in kindness.” I love this sauce for a number of reasons.  First, it is so super easy that you can make it last minute and impress all sorts of people who are dining in your home.  Second, it’s a perfect sauce for seafood.  And third (where would we be without…

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