Friday, December 9, 2011

American Airlines

I don't have any special insight into the factors leading to the bankruptcy of American Airlines, but I can pass along the tale of my most recent interactions with their people.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

...the garden only produced two of these fruits this year.  We never really had a summer...which is kind of necessary for eggplant.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

We're Going to Camp!

The budget hasn't allowed for any "real travel" in 2010 or 2011.  By that I mean multi-week, international, close to the ground immersion into another culture.  We've been able to manage family reunions and weddings in the US, but that's about it.  So...time to cash in some frequent flyer miles for free, first class, trans-continental air tix and head off to camp...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lessons from Mom

When we were home at my Mom's over the Christmas holiday, I saw her do something that released a flood of memories...

Friday, March 11, 2011

An Egg Would've Been Helpful

...in making my pizzapasta.

I've eaten more than my share of cold pasta...it's really not very good.  Ranks right up there with the leftover pizza we used to store under the bed in our college dorm room.

Think cluggy, overcooked...completely unrelated to the original form, no matter how good it had been.

Eye opener...Doh! while watching...

Friday, March 4, 2011

Five Servings per Day

of vegetables...that's the goal.  It's really hard.

A serving of raw veggies is one cup...of cooked is one-half cup.  It helps to get out something to measure them at first...to see what they look like.  Try to notice how it looks compared to your open palms.  After a while it becomes automatic.  In addition, I'm shooting for one to two servings per day of fruit.  I don't know if the same measurements pertain.

It's hard for several reasons.  First, there's the volume.  Just packing away that much produce takes effort.  We're not used to chewing...eating that much, unless it's for greater instant gratification...like macaroni and cheese.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Storebought Hummus

...usually disappoints.

I find them to be stiff, bland, gritty, stale, altogether yucky. 

Of course my preference would be to make hummus from scratch.  It's such a great food.  Comforting texture, bright flavors of lemon, garlic and good olive oil.  It goes with so many vegetables and is delicious on flatbreads and crackers.  Eating hummus evokes outdoor dining, a sparkling view and a glass of rosè :)

For the days when I don't have time to make hummus from scratch (most days), I am pleased to have found...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blogger Stats Error

It started a few days ago...when I access my Stats via the tab on the blogger.com dashboard I get the following error:

ERROR:  Possible problem with your *.gwt.xml module file.  The compile time user.agent value (ie8) does not match the runtime user.agent value (ie6).  Expect more errors.

I'm too new to this whole blogging thing and a complete idiot with regards to computers...so I don't know if this is having some sort of negative effect on what I do or how it's tracked.

I can see via Google that this problem is known and has popped up during the last week.  So far I one person has posted the problem on a blogger.com forum, but no solutions have been offered.

Any ideas?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Seeds

Last week I decided to put in a garden.

My commitment to growing food has ranged over the years from minimal to extreme...seventy-five tomato plants anyone? 

The last time I had a sizable patch, with good diversity of plants, was in 2004.  It was very satisfying.  I was self-sufficient. The hard work outdoors bolstered me against stress and I provided fantastic, unique, organic produce to family and friends...from my little "farm."  Bounty :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hawaij

I like flavored coffee...but maybe not how you'd think.

Sometimes when I travel across the US,  it's hard to find coffee.  Actually, finding it isn't the problem. It's there...red can, blue can...with a reusable plastic lid. 

Once, however, in a shopping mall, I was startled by the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans.  On the chalkboard menu Iced Coffee sounded refreshing, as we were bundled up in winter clothes and the building's thermostat was set way too high.

"What flavor would you like?" 
Flavor?  None, just coffee...ice...maybe some half and half.
"All of our iced coffee is flavored...hazelnut, chocolate, almond." 
Vanilla seemed the least worst, until it was dispensed out of The Machine...a giant, spinning mess of coffee and "flavoring," pre-mixed with a dairy product...or non-...it was white.

Spending money on food and then throwing it away is probably some sort of sin.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Here You Go

...This is my blog.

I considered writing a journal.  But why write something and stick it in a drawer?

I want to teach...to communicate interesting tidbits, theories, news...to pass along facts and anecdotes. I want to expose people to new ideas...or give them incentive to act.