One of My Favorite Things . . .

Several years ago, I picked up a Betty Crocker cookbook at a thrift store and gave it to my older daughter who was starting to take an interest in baking. I liked the old-fashioned viewpoint and the recipes that are just not around anymore.

A few weeks later, I saw the book on the table and started studying it in more depth and really fell in love with it and tried to negotiate any kind of trade with my daughter to acquire it for my collection. No deal was forthcoming, however, discovered they were still available and some were fairly priced. I have my own copy now and it turned out to be in better condition than the one my daughter wouldn’t sell to me. No, I’m not gloating in the least!

The baking and yeast bread section is wonderful as it goes by the long and slow, olden days of baking approach. I’ve made a lot of cookies from the book and gotten ideas to incorporate into my kitchen life. I’m pretty sure my mother had a copy of this book but it seems to have long gone by the wayside over the years and wasn’t to be found among her collection of cookbooks.

Anyway, if you want a culinary blast back to the past, this is a very enjoyable and actually useful book. It reminds me of bygone days and simpler times. It can be a wonderful addition to a cookbook collection or a fun book to incorporate into a gift basket for a culinary friend or a wedding gift basket.

What to Do With Those Pesky Vegetables

Since we starting cutting carbs from our diet, it left us with an abundance of dinner time vegetables to plow through. My goal in life is to make coming to the table and seeing vegetables a treat and not an enhanced desire to sneak out later for a large order of fries and cola.

Seriously, we always have had vegetables on the dinner plate but with the absence of those fries, rice, and pasta, more have been added and it has been my job to make them something to look forward to come the dinner hour.

I’ve mentioned in other postings about roasting Kale (the #1 favorite to date!), sauteing carrots, and topping steamed/cold green beans with fun dressings. My lasted culinary attempt (tried twice and won family awards twice now!) is baked cauliflower. It is a very easy preparation and doesn’t need attention until the timer goes off.

One large cauliflower, broken down into medium to large florets
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Brown Mustard
Nutritional yeast*
salt/pepper to taste
Finely diced green onion or shallot
AND – this is where it gets personal! Check your herb/spices and see what might go well for the seasoning. I’ve used ground caraway, garlic salt, granulated onion, Basil, Rosemary, etc. Every family has their favorites. (Want more options? Check our The Spice House https://www.thespicehouse.com/ as not only do they have an extensive selection, they tell you about them!)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place your prepared cauliflower in a large bowl and mix with the vinegar, mayonnaise, and mustard and mix to coat the cauliflower. You don’t want to drown it. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well, again, and place on a rack in a rimmed baking sheet and bake until golden, JUST fork tender, and with some slightly charred edges. Serve!

*Nutritional yeast can be found at Walmart or the health store. It adds a mild cheesy flavor, a bit of texture, and a multitude of B vitamins.

Your Voting Decision in 2020?

The Americans are a very lucky people. They’re bordered to the north and south by weak neighbors, and to the east and west by fish.

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.

God has a special providence for fools, drunks, and the United States of America.

Otto von Bismarck

Come, Holy Ghost – A Blessed Pentecost!

When I was growing up, Come, Holy Ghost was THE hymn for Confirmations and was usually sung as the candidates for Confirmation processed up to be confirmed. My mother was active in the choir at the time of my Confirmation and I reminded her every day preceding the event (as if I needed to, right?) that Come, Holy Ghost was my favorite ever hymn and don’t forget to sing it.

The evening of my Confirmation arrived and I anxiously awaited the procession up to the bishop for my reception of the sacrament, ears tuned for ‘my’ hymn. It didn’t happen! It actually disappointed me so much when another, unknown hymn went into play, that I don’t remember much of that day.

Since my own Confirmation, I don’t think I can recall one that did not have Come, Holy Ghost and have always wondered why my mother (she was choir director) changed the hymn at the last minute.

Anniversary of D-Day June 6, 1944

Every person who disrespects this country they live in today should watch this and see how real men and people save a world. We we owe these soldiers a ‘thank you’ and prayers for their souls for their sacrifices in helping to save England and Europe and keeping the war from our doorsteps in the United States. And, don’t forget that even as we put a stop to this war, we were still fighting the war declared by Japan.