Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cookbooks For Free

We are in the process of doing a little downsizing = getting rid of stuff that has been clogging the closets, bookshelves, garage, etc.  We have a lot of books that we never use and my initial plan was to take them all to the library and let them sell them to raise money, but it occurred to me that many of you enjoy cookbooks and might put ours to good use.

Before I do something else, I am offering them to you for the cost of a box and postage.  They range from very good to like new condition (which is why they are leaving here).  All you have to do is tell me (via comment here or email) which ones you want, the address to mail them, and send me a check when they arrive.  

Following is the ones that are available so far (HB/SB = hardback/softback):

Dr. BBQ’s Road Trip (SB) – Ray Lampe
Essentials of Grilling – Williams Senoma (HB)
The Geometry of Pasta (HB) – Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kennedy
Kitchen Secrets (HB) – Readers Digest
Simply Suppers (HB) – Jennifer Chandler
The Mushroom Cookbook (HB) – Victoria Lloyd-Davies
A Real American Breakfast (HB) – Jamison & Jamison
Soups & Sandwiches (HB) – Crescent Books
1997 recipe Annual (SB) – Sunset Magazine
Red Chile Bible (SB) – Kathleen Hansen & Audrey Jenkins
Green Chile Bible (SB) – The Albuquerque Tribune
The Babbo Cookbook (HB) – Mario Batali
Lessons With Louise (SB) – Louise Durman
Smoke in the Mountains Cookbook (SB) – Kent Whitaker
Scona Favorites (SB) – AlCOA’s Executive Retreat in TN. (wild game thru fried okra)
Seasoned With The Sun (HB) – The Junior League of El Paso (Tex-Mex recipes)
Lincolnia United Methodist Church (SB) – Alexandria, VA
First United Methodist Church (SB) – Gatlinburg, TN
214th Aciation battalion Family Recipes (SB) – Heidelberg, Germany

These last four may be the real gems as they are family recipes.  They will be first come, first served and don't be afraid to be assertive - it's cheaper to send them all to one address.

Footnote:  A whole clean-up is obviously a two person job and while I'm working on books and the garage, Bev decided to work on MY shoes, reducing from 10 pairs to 5, but she didn't bother with her hundreds of pairs - slight exaggeration.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Madison Update & My Blog

Several of you have asked about Madison so I decided to do a little post about her.  She is a lovely and pretty typical 16 year old – the second part is a negative.  She does on-line school and is about to finish her freshman year assuming she can get through Algebra I and she has a B+ average so far. 

For most of the time we’ve had her, she was generally in a bad mood and we assumed it was psychological and a result of some of her medications but during a recent doctors visit, she was discovered with very low vitamin B level.  She began taking a supplement and it’s like a different person is now living with us.

She spent Christmas with her boyfriend in LA and flew across the country by herself as a major event in her life and the plan is for her to go again in May for his prom.

She and Bodie are enrolled in dog training classes and she now has both he and Coco doing tricks – she is very patient with them which supports her stated desire to have a career in the animal field.  As a further reinforcement, she is really enjoying volunteering at the local animal shelter – where, of course, she does things she won’t do around here.

Several years ago, she expressed an interest in modeling and we have restarted that process – she is pretty, curvy, and very photogenic so this may also be an career option for her.  

If we could only inspire her to enjoy RVing we would have it made.

MY BLOG - I just finished a big day of BBQing and didn't even think about taking photos for a blog post.  I also notice I've been slacking off on my posting and this tells me I need a blog semi-break.  So rather than post every day, or three times a week, or ...., I'm just going to post when the spirit moves me, but I'll be reading yours as usual.  I hope you'll continue to stop by.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


4/7/14 photo date

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Philosophy - Four Important Lessons

1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady:
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."

I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Clara.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 Florida Trip – West Palm Beach Green Market

With spring gardening now upon us and fresh markets opening in some parts of the country, I thought I’d make one final post from our winter Florida trip.  Unlike many of the markets we attended, this one had few, if any crafters, but rather produce, food to eat, and plants, and it was located on the Inter-coastal Waterway.  It is open Oct 5, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

As you can see from these first shots, it was well attended as were the others we visited.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Blogger Party & Homemade Reuben

2014 Blogger Party

Chris (Nibble Me This) and I have discussed this year’s Blogger Party and have settled on the date of Saturday, June 7.  At the suggestion of Dave (Inspired By eRecipe Cards), this year we will be asking you to join us at the East Tennessee Italian Fest where we will be pretending we are on a dock at the Amalfi Coast enjoying Neapolitan and other Italian cuisines.  We’ll be serving up a pasta bar, salad, and bread along with appetizers and dessert.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Fried Crappie With A Twist

I’ve posted several times about our experiences with fried crappie with lemon/butter/caper sauce, but this version has two changes.  We normally pan-fry the fish naked or with a light dusting of flour, then keep it warm while we make the sauce.

After my recent experience using the sauce with a cornmeal coating I decided to make an entire batch using it.  The fish got seasoned with S&P then a dredge in plain white cornmeal.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Mac & Cheese

I wanted to make mac & cheese for Madison and me and searched the recipes I had on hand plus others I found on line, and there are lots of them.  I decided to use the cheese I had in the fridge so I was mostly interested in proportions and ended up with this:

1 lb      Macaroni
6 T.      Butter
½ C.    Flour
4 C.     Milk, warmed
6 C.     Shredded cheese
S&P to taste
Bread crumbs
Cooking spray