FUN AND GAMES

“Life is more fun if you play games.”  Roald Dahl On my recent visit to Canada I spent some of my time being humiliated playing games.  Actually, my skill as a Bocce Ball player improved at lightening speed.  However, it did not improve fast enough to surpass the skill of my hosts. A short detour…

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SMIDGE SOUP

“Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”  Ludwig van Beethoven Well, I’m the person to make good soup!  Inside joke …  Whenever something good happens, I say it happened to me because my heart is pure.  Much laughter from people who know me.  Whatever. This soup came about because I was home…

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CHANGE

“Life is like underwear.  Change is good.” Some of you have probably noticed that the tag line for this blog has changed.  It used to specify “lo-carb” but now it simply says “food”.  Food and life with an attitude. So what’s with that?  Am I eating a high carb diet?  Don’t I care about the…

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CHERRY CHICKEN

“I want to live in a world where a chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.” Lately I’ve had a craving for chicken.  Maybe it’s because chicken is easy and available.  And with the availability of chicken there is now an plethora of great fruit in produce departments.  There are cherries and…

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VISITING CANADA

“Travel calories don’t count.” This summer, and other summers in the past, I’ve been blessed with the gift of a visit to friends in Canada.  The trips are stuffed with visions and experiences.  There are visions of the morning developing over the lake they live in.  No, that’s not a typo.  They live on an…

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EASIEST BEEF STEW

“Simple ingredients keep flavor true.” I found this recipe in a Milk Street magazine and tweaked it, of course.  It’s a wonderful  recipe showing how to make a stew without browning the meat.  It’s easily done and the resulting flavors are great! INGREDIENTS: 1 T sweet paprika 2 t ground cumin 1 t ground cardamom…

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PLANT PERSEVERANCE

“Grow where you’re planted.” One of my favorite plants is the hibiscus.  I’ve always wanted one for my home.  A number of years ago I found a hibiscus about 10-inches tall and struggling.  I bought it.  The store owner gave it to me for $10 because it looked rather raggedy. Once in my home and…

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ROASTING FROZEN VEGGIES

“I shot my first turkey yesterday.  Scared everyone in the frozen food aisle.” The other day I had this craving for roasted veggies but no fresh veggies in the house.  So I asked myself, “Self, is it possible to roast frozen veggies?”  I had a lot of frozen veggies in the house. I would have…

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D.C. WITH BARNEY

“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.” This could have turned out to be “seemed like a good idea at the time”, but it certainly wasn’t.  A few months ago I said I wanted to see the Smithsonian.  Never have.  This would involve a trip to Washington D.C.  Aren’t you simply amazed by my…

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TOMATO MASALA

“Eat Indian food and curry on.” I’m a big fan of Indian food, but I stand alone in that department in our house.  That’s why I was so delighted to find this recipe for a base sauce that I could refrigerate or freeze and use on numerous meats and/or veggies to create different dishes. This…

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