What’s for dinner-January 25,2021

A nice tray of smoked salmon demands a snack supper, assembly required. Trader Joe’s fig and olive crackers and Wasa gluten free crackers provided a sturdy base for cream cheese, avocado, and some crunchy cucumber slices. The Foppen brand of smoked salmon comes with a sweet mustard dill sauce. The cherry tomatoes added more colorContinue reading “What’s for dinner-January 25,2021”

Book review-On Writing by Stephen King

I wandered into Books at Park Place , https://goo.gl/maps/SDtrHbakFJtvpsm68, in South Pasadena on Saturday, a new independent bookseller with a friendly atmosphere. The gentlemen behind the desk seemed to be the owner and offered suggestions without being obsequious. I was moved to support this nice small business and paid more than Amazon price for theContinue reading “Book review-On Writing by Stephen King”

What’s for dinner-January 21, 2021

Waste not, want not. Today we had leftovers for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast, all the leftover fruit from last night went into the protein shake. For dinner, we recycled chicken Franchese, quinoa updated with diced carrots and sauteed onions, roasted cauliflower, zucchini, a redundant bit of baked potato, all a little tired but refreshedContinue reading “What’s for dinner-January 21, 2021”

What’s for dinner-Jan 20, 2021

It’s a celebratory day and I have to share with you a world class dinner salad Nancy whipped up: a yummy healthy mix of raw foods and seared eggplant with a tangy buttermilk dressing. Dressing: whisk 2 TB buttermilk, 2 TB white wine vinegar, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1 tsp honey with fresh groundContinue reading “What’s for dinner-Jan 20, 2021”

What’s for dinner-January 19, 2021

After bacon and eggs for breakfast and baked eggplant with mozzarella for lunch, we were happy to have a salad for dinner. Not just any salad, a salad Nancy style with pears and blood oranges and bits of aged Gouda along with avocado, radishes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, romaine. and radish micro-greens. If left to herContinue reading “What’s for dinner-January 19, 2021”

What’s for dinner-January 18, 2021

Chicken Francese is an easy, quick weeknight meal-Prepare 4 chicken cutlets, pound with meat tenderizer until 1/4 inch thick, pat dry and season with salt and pepper. Beat 2 eggs with 2 TB milk and dredge cutlets first in cornstarch to coat and then in the egg mixture. Place skillet on medium high heat andContinue reading “What’s for dinner-January 18, 2021”

What would you do if you won the lottery?

The potential prize for the multi-state lottery is close to a trillion dollars, an unimaginable sum for most of us. Does it inspire your imagination? Do you feel compelled to try your luck now, when you didn’t think about it when it was a measly 1 or 2 million? The question is not whether youContinue reading “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

Coal Miner’s Granddaughter

I woke up with the song Coal Miner’s Daughter in my head.  I’m actually a coal miner’s granddaughter from southeastern Ohio. My coal miner was actually from Kentucky which helps me to understand the migration described in Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance. I’ve had a pleasant week sifting through my mother’s dusty treasures in preparationContinue reading “Coal Miner’s Granddaughter”