Monthly Archives: December 2020

Finding My Rhythm in Retirement

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!”    Audrey Hepburn It’s not that I never thought about retirement, or talked about it, or wondered what it would be like.  How would you answer the question, “When I retire, … Continue reading

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A Panade Adds Panache

Meatballs?  Meatloaf?  Stuffed peppers?  Adding a panade to your ground/minced meat will give it a little panache and lighten rather than tighten the mixture.  A panade is, quite simply, a mixture of starch and liquid.  It seems one of the … Continue reading

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Unity

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1

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Residual Oddments and A Fish Pie

“… l’art d’accommoder les restes ….”  Christian Louboutin Leftovers – in some circles a dirty word – can be wonderful, tasty, and invaluable to the conscientious culinarian.  Most of our weekday lunches are day-old or two-day-old leftovers camouflaged so as … Continue reading

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A Perfect Pear Cake

“Maggie: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How’s that? Seth: It’s perfect.” City of Angels (1998) INGREDIENTS: 1.5 cups all-purpose flour 1.5 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg … Continue reading

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“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.” Dag Hammarskjold

This quote reminds me of that old photography instruction, “Fill the frame!” Hubby and I love frames, especially old and antique wooden frames.  When we see a frame that we like or, as in this case, something that would make … Continue reading

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“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley.”

Thank you, Robbie Burns.  And thanks as well to my sister-in-law who has always been fond of the phrase, “Man plans and God laughs.”  (Der mentsh trakht un got lakht.)  When I prepared last week’s menu plan, I failed to take into … Continue reading

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“Have yourself a merry little Christmas …”

Despite all the craziness of 2020 — the pandemic (of course!), earthquakes, floods, wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and who could forget the “killer wasp”? — or perhaps because of it, Christmas seems to have arrived far more quickly this year. … Continue reading

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“Taco Tuesday” = Halibut Fajitas

Okay, the truth is that I am NOT a food photographer but I just had to commemorate these incredible halibut fajitas — colorful sweet peppers, purple onion, and tender halibut sautéed in ghee with just a kiss of homemade taco … Continue reading

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And So It Begins …

The many twists and turns of this 2020 pandemic year have necessitated changes in our lives and in our living. We venture forth only for appointments due primarily to age-related health changes and, instead of enjoying the great outdoors, we … Continue reading

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