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The Work of Easter

I am Resurrected I have chosen The way of truth I have chosen To love my God I have chosen To love my neighbor I have chosen To love myself I have chosen To pray I have chosen Peace

Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions

This is one of the most delicious chicken dinners I have ever made. The recipe is by Yasmin Fahr , food writer and contributor to The New York Times Cooking. Did I say DELICIOUS!!! Yasmin writes: “This comforting one-pot dinner is reminiscent of a rich French onion soup, but made in less time and with […]

Shrimp Scampi

Simple and delicious! Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, minced ½ cup dry white wine or broth ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste ⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste Freshly ground black pepper 1 ¾ pounds large or extra-large shrimp, shelled ⅓ cup chopped parsley […]

Shrimp Burger

I threw this together a few nights ago. Approximately 20 small shrimp, peeled, deveined, and diced. One egg, beaten. Two scallions chopped. 1/3 cup Panko. Some lemon juice and Old Bay seasoning. Fried in butter for about 7 minutes per side. Served with a mayo, grain mustard, Frank’s Hot Sauce, lemon juice and Old Bay […]

Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry with Veggies

For years I have wondered why do I only find shrimp from Thailand here in New England–both at the supermarket and a favorite fish store. Why? Why aren’t Gulf Shrimp distributed and sold here in New England? I recently discovered a company called Biloxi Shrimp. And I ordered 10 pounds from them. I couldn’t be […]

Grandma’s Irish Soda Bread

I never made Irish Soda Bread until this recent St. Patrick’s Day. Susan has been asking me to make it for years. “My mother always made it,” she said. “Would you make it for me?” I did. It was delicious. I used a recipe from Julee Rosso’s cookbook, Great Good Food. Rosso is the co-author […]

Fat Tuesday Jambalaya

Somebody has said that if ever a good Louisianian died, went to heaven and found no gumbo there, he’d come straight back! I’m not from Louisiana. I am still standing. And I made gumbo a few months ago. Fat Tuesday called for Jambalaya. Homemade Hot Sausage and Shrimp Jambalaya. I based my recipe on this: […]

Imagine

Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us, only sky Imagine all the people Livin’ for today Ah Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Livin’ life in peace You You may […]

Photos:

Some images from the past week. Click on image to enlarge. Amaryllis sunrise in our sitting room. Freddy. Cheese Tortellini Soup with Kale and Kielbasa. Mushroom Apple Pizza with Pumpkin Squash Sauce. Me. My desk. Elephants, one a gift from Julia. Moroccan Orange Cake. Pasta with Tuna, Capers, and Green Olives. Sunrise in Living Room.

Chicken Sausage Gumbo

Every Christmas our son and his girlfriend return to Western Massachusetts from Denver to visit family and to celebrate the holiday. Susan and I always prepare a special dinner for the two. One year we made their favorite; Chicken Piccata. Another year Pasta Putanesca. And once, Piccadillo. Days later Susan and I had the leftovers […]

Amazing Appetizer

I believe in using the good china. The good crystal. Drinking the champagne. This appetizer is so delicious, and easy to prepare, it cries out to be served on a holiday: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day. But for me, every day is a holiday. So get out your good china. Your good crystal. Abd […]

All Or Nothing At All

Susan and I recently watched the Alex Gibney documentary, “Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All.” It is a two-part documentary and I recommend it. Great footage. Great music. Fascinating story. Sinatra grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, and from an early age he was passionate about singing–and someday singing in New York City. This passion, […]

A Time To Bloom

A New Year. New Resolutions. New Alterations. A Time To Bloom. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time […]

Christmas Day 2021

Woke to light snow covering the ground and trees. Snow enough to warm our hearts and delight the children. Before heading to our daughter’s home, Susan and I took our Rapid Covid tests; both negative. Everyone attending the Christmas dinner took a rapid covid test. Sign of the times. As soon as we arrived at […]

Christmas Eve 2021

A blessing it was to host our traditional Family Christmas Eve Party a few short weeks ago. Last year we were unable to have our traditional Family Christmas Eve Party because of Covid. Here is our menu: Here are photos from the party (Click on photo to enlarge.): Left to right: apple cranberry crisp by […]

Christmas Thumb Cookies

Also called Thumbprint Cookies. I made a batch. Christmas Thumbprint Raspberry Cookies. Recipe from The Tasha Tudor Cookbook. Delicious! Here I am putting the raspberry jam, seedless from Stonewall Kitchen, into the indentations, which I made with a small measuring spoon. I cooked them for about 20 minutes.

My Arm Hurts

A few days ago, the day Susan and I got our second Shingles shot, we came home and moved all the furniture in our living room to put down a new rug. The next day we were both sore–not our arms where the Shingles shot was given, but our legs, back, neck, and, yes, our […]

Roasted Broccoli and Shrimp Salad

On December 6 Susan and I celebrated our seventh wedding anniversary. We have been together for fourteen years. She found this Melissa Clark recipe online and asked me to make it for our dinner. Melissa didn’t call for making a salad but I thought it would be perfect combination–it was delicious. Here is the recipe. […]

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